Upstate towing employee charged with ‘stealing’ big rig


SPARTANBURG Co. S.C. (WSPA) — An Upstate towing employee faces charges from an investigation into the towing of a big rig. 

It’s been less than a week since 7News reported that SLED (S.C. Law Enforcement Division) is investigating the towing of a big rig owned by Boyd Bros. Transportation Inc. from a Spartanburg County parking lot.

David Garland said he had a verbal agreement with the managers of an Ingles store on Highway 9 to park his rig when he needed to, but Cole’s Towing owner Chris Cole told 7 News that his company has a contract to tow vehicles  from all of their stores. 

Cole, released the following statement: “The vehicle was lawfully towed based on a valid contract between Southern Pride Towing and Recovery and the owner of the premises where the vehicle was unlawfully parked. Southern Pride towing wants to resolve this matter as quickly as possible and is currently waiting to hear back from the owner of the vehicle, Boyd Brothers Transportation.” 

On Monday, Cole confirmed Shannon Black is an employee of Southern Pride Towing and Recovery. According to warrants from SLED, Black was charged with grand larceny and breaking into a motor vehicle. Warrants state the incident happened on or about June 18. 

According to the warrants, Black “did take, steal, and drive away” with the semi-truck cab, and its trailer “with the intent to permanently deprive the owner; Boyd Bros. Transportation, Inc.”

Cole said he stands by his original statement about the incident. 

Black was booked into the Spartanburg County Detention Center Saturday and released Monday morning on $6,000 bond. 

See warrants below: 

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