ROCK HILL — One of Rock Hill’s most wanted was arrested Monday morning after he stayed off police radar for five months when they say he stole a man’s car while it was undergoing repairs, authorities said.
Last August, police were sent to an East White Street home after a man, 35, reported that he woke up to find a Pontiac Grand Prix missing from the property, according to a Rock Hill police report. The car belonged to a Charleston man, and was in Rock Hill for repairs. Inside the car was a box of $450 fuel injectors and a $700 pistol.
Several hours later, police found the car on Sullivan Street, near Spencer Park. They examined it for fingerprints, finding a set that matched Travis Hutchinson, the report states. Neither the car owner or the mechanic knew Hutchinson, police reported. Authorities issued warrants on Hutchinson, who called police to say that he was a passenger in the stolen car. He could not explain why his fingerprints were found on a box of fuel injectors and hung up the phone when a detective suggested he turn himself in.
Early Monday, police received a phone call about his location. He was walking in public, said Executive Officer Mark Bollinger with the Rock Hill Police Department, but it’s unclear where he was found. He is charged with grand larceny and receiving stolen goods. He will have a bond hearing Tuesday morning.
Police placed Hutchinson on their most wanted list, much in part to his storied history with the Rock Hill Police Department, Bollinger said. He has been arrested by Rock Hill Police 10 times since 1997; at least five times by the York County Sheriff’s Office; and has served five tenures in prison at the state Department of Corrections, according to records with the State Law Enforcement Division. His convictions include time in prison for petty larceny, resisting arrest, breaking and entering into cars, violating parole, furnishing contraband in prison and driving under suspension.