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UPDATE: Scott in custody in theft of ex-lawmaker’s car

Courtney Cole Scott


UPDATE: Scott is in custody

     Courtney Cole Scott was arrested in Horry County late Monday afternoon, Maj. Greg Sibbett of Tabor City Police Department said.

     Scott was located at the Loris Motel, in the parking lot and apparently preparing to leave when Sibbett and Horry County Police Department officers arrived, Sibbett said.

     Scott was taken to the J. Reuben Long Detention Center near Conway. It was not clear if he would return to Columbus County voluntarily, or force extradition proceedings, Sibbett said.

     Look for more on this story in this week’s Tabor-Loris Tribune in print and online.

     Warrants charging two people with the theft of a Mercedes Benz owned by former state Sen. R.C. Soles Jr. have been issued, the car involved in a high-speed police pursuit in Horry County Monday morning, Lt. Mike Edwards of the Tabor City Police Department said.


     Courtney Cole Scott, 26, who shows addresses on Swamp Fox Hwy East and Canal Street, Tabor City; and Scarlett Lynn Edwards, 22, of Causey Road, Fair Bluff; are each charged with burglary, larceny, and larceny of a motor vehicle in a Monday morning incident at Soles’ Canal Street home.

     Neither had been located Monday afternoon, the warrants for them unserved.

Scarlett Lynn Edwards

     Officers responding to the Canal Street home at about 1:30 a.m. Sunday met with Soles, 84, and Allen Wayne Strickland, 27, whose Allen Strickland investments owns the property, the report by Officer Chris Hilburn said.

     Scott had previously been living on the property, and had been evicted by Strickland, the report said. Soles told police that Scott was back on the property between 9 and 11:30 p.m. Saturday, “entered the residence after being evicted by Mr. Strickland and took a wallet and car keys from Mr. Soles’ room,” the report said. “Mr. Scott and Ms. Edwards then took the vehicle and left the property.”

     Taken was a 2014 Mercedes S550 worth $50,000, the report said.


Locate request

     Police used a vehicle tracking company under contract with Mercedes to locate the stolen car, Lt. Edwards said. That tracking was successful before 10 a.m. Monday, the car located in Horry County, where police soon tried to pull the stolen car over.

     There was a chase instead, with speeds topping 130 miles per hour before the Mercedes reached the state line and the Horry County officers ending their pursuit.

     Edwards again contacted the vehicle tracking company, the car was located at the end of Powers Lane, a dead-end road off of Canal Lane near Miller Road.

     Look for more on this story in this week’s Tabor-Loris Tribune in print and online.