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Accused band trailer thief faces armed robbery, assault charges

Ervin Lavonce Pugh (J. Reuben Long Detention Center photo)


     Armed robbery and assault warrants have been served against a Loris man who is also accused in the theft of a South Columbus High School Band trailer last fall.

     Ervin Lavonce Pugh, 26, of Cheryl Road, Loris, was charged Wednesday at the Columbus County Law Enforcement Center, just hours after his release from a Conway jail after six months of detention, records from those facilities show.

     Warrants served Wednesday charge Pugh with armed robbery, assault by pointing a gun, assault on a female, felonious restraint, larceny of a vehicle, two counts of felony larceny, and damage to property.

Warrant details

     Pugh is accused in the Columbus County warrants of:

  • Armed robbery and larceny of a motor vehicle, stealing a 2014 Ford F150 owned by Linda B. Fields on Soles Road at New Britton Hwy in the presence of Terri Soles Fields of Chadbourn. He is accused of threatening Fields with a handgun during the commission of that theft on Nov. 3, 2018.
  • Assault on a female and assault by pointing a gun, a separate warrant obtained by Fields that accused Pugh of striking her “multiple times with open and closed hands and fists,” choking her “with both hands,” and pointing a pistol at her.
  • Felonious restraint by moving Terri Soles Fields from her Wilderness Camper and transporting her in the stolen pickup truck.
  • Theft of a 2005 Chevrolet Tahoe from Short Brothers Auto Sales and damaging a gate there to gain access to the property, also on Nov. 3, 2018.
  • Felony larceny of the South Columbus High School band trailer from the school property on Oct. 9 or 10, 2018.
  • Felony larceny of another enclosed trailer owned by Roy Matthew Smith between Oct. 6 and 8, 2018.

     Pugh was also served a Fayetteville Police Department warrant charging him with obtaining property by false pretense.

     Look for more on this story in the next Tabor-Loris Tribune in print and online.