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South Carolina woman charged with stealing more than $16K in antique farm items

May 21st, 2013 3:35 pm by John Thompson

South Carolina woman charged with stealing more than $16K in antique farm items

Christina Mavis Stills

ELIZABETHTON โ€” A woman was arrested Tuesday morning on charges she had stolen several items of antique farm implements and antique carriages.

Christina Mavis Stills, 41, North Myrtle Beach, S.C., was charged with theft over $10,000 and burglary.

The charges stem from a complaint made by Herbert Collins on Feb. 10. He told Investigator Jan Black of the Carter County Sheriff's Department that several items were missing from his barn on Big Sandy Road.

Collins said the missing items included a custom wood pony cart, an Amish doctor's carriage, several antique farm implements, stainless steel farm implements, a 4-wheel flat bed trailer, roofing and dog lots. The total value of the stolen items was $16,785.

Black said Collins' property appeared undisturbed except for one gate to adjoining property. Collins said the property had been leased to Robert and Christina Stills. He said the Stills had installed their own padlock on the gate for entrance to the pasture where Collins had allowed the Stills to keep their horse for a couple of weeks. He said the gate is at a close proximity to where the barn where the thefts had taken place.

Black said her investigation revealed the Stills had taken several loads of metal items to Omnisource. She said photographs and documentation were supplied that showed both Robert and Christina selling items that had been reported stolen.

Black said she later received information that the Stills had sold the carriages to a man in Roan Mountain. She said Robert Stills was interviewed at the Washington County Detention Center and admitted to taking the stolen items.

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