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GAFFNEY MAN RECEIVES 10-YEAR PRISON SENTENCE FOR LOCAL METAL THEFTS

A Gaffney man received a 10-year prison sentence today for stealing scrap metal and other property from a Cherokee County business.

Ricky A. Chase, 54, pleaded guilty to grand larceny. Circuit Judge Mark Hayes issued the maximum sentence allowed under state law.

Chase and two other men stole salt dissolving machine and other metals valued at $15,500 from Carolina Cotton Works, 14 Commerce Drive, during the early morning hours of March 23. The men sold the stolen property hours later at a Spartanburg scrap dealer. Cherokee County sheriff’s deputies arrested Chase the following night when the criminal suspects returned to the same Commerce Drive business and attempted to steal more metal.

Hall confessed to the crime in a written statement given to deputies following his arrest.

Grand larceny charges are still pending on Brandon Todd Maynor, 24, of Chesnee, and James Anthony Wray Jr., 22, of Gaffney