Pickens County Sheriff’s Office Begins Sorting Through Hundreds Of Stolen Items


Subsequent to the arrest of Tony Merrell officers have retrieved over 1,000 items in potentially stolen property. Detectives say the property came from Pickens and surrounding counties and were allegedly either traded to Merrell for drugs or he paid for them.

Merrell has been charged with three counts of theft by receiving, two counts of altering the VIN number of vehicles, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, having a firearm as a convicted felon as well as possession of drug charges.

His wife Tonya Michelle Merrell faces charges of altering vehicle serial numbers and theft by receiving. She was released on bond Tuesday. Investigators believe a third arrest will be coming soon.

The sheriff’s office has posted photos of the stolen property which can be viewed here:  

 Anyone who has had items stolen is welcome to make an appointment with the criminal investigation division.

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