Oconee Sheriff's Office Arrest Westminster Man

Joshua Hank Cope

Seth Stokes
November 14, 2017 - 3:58 pm

The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Westminster man yesterday evening on a charge of Possession of a Stolen Vehicle.

26 year old Joshua Hank Cope was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 11:50pm.

A deputy from the Uniform Patrol Division on routine patrol spotted a vehicle in the parking lot of a business on Highway 123 near Seneca that matched the description of a vehicle that was reported stolen to the Sheriff’s Office earlier in the day on Monday. 

The deputy obtained the license plate number on the 2010 gray Honda Accord and confirmed that the vehicle was stolen.  The deputy also received word from dispatch that the vehicle was entered into the National Crimes Information Center database as stolen. 

The lone occupant and driver of the vehicle, Cope, was asked by deputies to step out of the vehicle.  Cope told the deputies that he had obtained the vehicle from a friend.  However, deputies contacted the owner of the vehicle.  The owner stated that a family member, who was in possession of the vehicle, never gave anyone permission to drive the vehicle. 

Based upon information gathered as a result of the investigation, Cope was placed under arrest and transported to the Oconee County Detention Center on the Possession of a Stolen Vehicle charge.

As of 3:30pm today, Cope remains in custody at the Detention Center pending a bond hearing. 

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