S.C. man accused of stealing trucks, trailers in Columbus Co. last year

S.C. man accused of stealing trucks, trailers in Columbus Co. last year
Ervin Lanonce Pugh, 26, was booked in the Columbus County jail on Wednesday. (Source: Columbus Co. Sheriff's Office)

COLUMBUS CO., N.C. (WECT) - A Loris, S.C. man has been arrested in connection with the theft of multiple trucks and trailers during a crime spree in Columbus County last year.

Ervin Lanonce Pugh, 26, was booked in the Columbus County jail on Wednesday and charged with:

  • robbery with a dangerous weapon
  • two counts of larceny of a motor vehicle
  • two counts of felony larceny
  • assault on a female
  • assault by pointing a gun
  • injury to personal property
  • felonious restraint

According to warrants from the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office, the charges stem from the following incidents:

  • the theft of a 7x14 trailer in October 2018.
  • the theft of a trailer belonging to the South Columbus High School Band Booster Club in October 2018.
  • the theft of a 2014 Ford F-150 from a woman at the intersection of Soles Road and New Britton Hwy. East while armed with a firearm on Nov. 3, 2018. The victim in this case also obtained her own warrant on Pugh claiming he struck her with his hands several times, choked her and pointed a gun at her.
  • the theft of a 2005 Chevrolet Tahoe from Short Bros. Auto Sales also on Nov. 3, 2018. A gate at the business was damaged.

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