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Man sought in string of truck battery thefts

First Posted: 6:13 pm - October 16th, 2015

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BENNETTSVILLE — Marlboro County authorities are seeking a man in connection with a string of truck battery thefts

According to Lt. Jamie Seales, the Marlboro County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information on the whereabouts of 21-year-old Rashawn Ricktavis Covington.

Covington is wanted in connection with the theft of truck batteries from several locations in Marlboro County, including a Bennettsville cotton gin and a Clio garage. He is facing two charges of grand larceny in relation to those cases, in addition to three counts of larceny for allegedly stealing batteries from truck drivers parked overnight on a vacant Bennettsville lot along U.S. 401.

“I am asking for anyone who knows his whereabouts to call us. I would like to commend my Investigators and Chief Deputy (Charles) Lemon for a quick response to this case,” Marlboro County sheriff Fred Knight said in a statement. “The financial burden on local business with this type of case well exceeds several thousand dollars.”

Covington is listed as living in Clio, but authorities believe he may be living in Scotland County, North Carolina.

Earlier this month, investigators located a car he had been using on King Street in Laurinburg, North Carolina. Marlboro County authorities say they have found and recovered many of the stolen batteries in Laurinburg.

Covington’s criminal record includes a Scotland County conviction for felonious breaking and entering in 2013.

All defendants facing criminal charges are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in court.

Anyone with information about Covington or his whereabouts is asked to call the Marlboro County Sheriff’s Office at 843-479-5605. All information will be kept confidential.

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