Rock Hill car fraud suspect charged with shoplifting soap

jmcfadden@heraldonline.comMarch 25, 2013 

— A Rock Hill man arrested last week in connection with a car fraud that cheated customers and investors out of thousands of dollars now faces shoplifting charges after police say he stole soap from a dollar store.

Around 3 p.m. Saturday, police were dispatched to the Family Dollar on Heckle Boulevard after receiving calls that Timothy Levoid Hope, 47, stole nearly $12 worth of soap from the store before driving away in a white Dodge, according to a Rock Hill Police report.

An officer passed the car on Heckle and performed a traffic stop on South Heckle Boulevard at Russell Street, the report states. As the policeman spoke with Hope, he noticed two packs of soap in the front floorboard.

Another officer who had gone to the store watched the in-store surveillance video and matched Hope’s clothing description with the man police stopped, the report states. Hope admitted to stealing the soap, and asked that his car be released to his son-in-law.

He was taken to jail and charged with his first shoplifting offense.

Last week, Hope was arrested on breach of trust warrants with the State Law Enforcement Division before his release on a $1,000 bond. He was the 12th person arrested in connection with an auto fraud scheme in which associates of Big A’s Auto Sales on Cherry Road sold cars that already had title loans on them to unsuspecting customers, bilking them out of thousands of dollars.

His family declined to comment when reached by The Herald last week.

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