A York teenager is in jail after he told police he stole his father’s work truck from the York Electric Cooperative and reportedly helped others steal more items from the utility’s parking lot.
Mitchell Seth Littleton, 18, was arrested after York police were alerted to a suspicious person driving a co-op truck through the parking lot of the York Wal-Mart at 3 a.m. Tuesday and shining a light into the windows of cars. He faces charges of grand larceny, criminal conspiracy and possession of a stolen vehicle.
The day before, co-op officials reported that two bucket trucks owned by a subcontractor had been stolen from a fenced-in area on Alexander Love Highway. The two vehicles, a Ford F-550 and a Ford F-750, were valued at a total of $135,000. A large amount of unsheathed copper wiring, valued at $2,500, also was reported missing from the beds of several other trucks in the lot.
Co-op workers said the thefts must have taken place between 9:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7, and 7:30 a.m. Aug. 9.
When police located Littleton with the truck on Tuesday, he told them he took it from his father’s work place, according to an arrest report. He also said he was with two other individuals who went to the co-op’s lot to steal more items through a back gate he reportedly left unlocked using his father’s keys.
Police went to the lot and discovered the gate open, the key still in the lock and fresh tire tracks leading inside. Officers did not locate anyone at the scene. When someone from the co-op arrived on scene, he was unable to identify anything that might be missing.
The co-op employee identified the truck driven by Littleton as belonging to their Fort Mill office. The York PD report notes a York County sheriff’s deputy also located one of the missing trucks in York on Tuesday.
Littleton was being held at the York County Detention Center with a bond of $81,092.50 as of Sunday.