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Contractor arrested for theft after GPS leads police to stolen goods, police say

A plumbing contractor was arrested Friday after he allegedly stole $3,000-worth of items from an Upstate home, according to Chief Robert W. Young Jr., with the Belton Police Department.



a man holding a sign: Mugshot of Andrew Lamanteer


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Mugshot of Andrew Lamanteer

Officers responded to a home on the 600 block of Blue Ridge Avenue just after 3 p.m., Young said.

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According to Young, the homeowner told officers she saw the contractor identified as Andrew Lamanteer, of Travelers Rest, removing golf clubs from her home.

Lamanteer left, saying he had to pick up repair parts from the hardware store, Young said.

According to Young, while Lamanteer was away, the victim also discovered jewelry had been taken from inside the house.

Lamanteer returned a short time later, and denied any knowledge of the theft to the officers, Young said.

According to Young, officers contacted Lamanteer’s employer and learned the company equipped its work vehicles with GPS locators allowing them to track the truck’s movements.

The company owner came to the house and shared location data with the police who were able to see where Lamanteer had been while away from the house, Young said.

According to Young, Lamanteer did indeed go to the hardware store but made a detour to an abandoned house nearby where he hid the golf clubs.

When police showed Lamanteer this evidence, he confessed to stealing the clubs and eventually to taking the jewelry, Young said.

According to Young, officers recovered all of the stolen property, valued at more than $3,000.

Lamanteer was arrested without incident and charged with grand larceny.

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