Robert H. Charping Refusing Extradition to Georgia on Oil Rustling Charges

Drifting theough the Oil Patch by G. Harvey

I’d refuse too, you never know when a lynch mob might form, pard. But he’s just delaying the inevitable:

A Greer, S.C., man accused in Hall County of stealing motor oil refused extradition this week, as investigators in three states continue scrutinizing similar thefts at car dealerships and auto shops dating back at least a year.

Robert H. Charping, 50, is in custody at Greenville County Detention Center in Greenville, S.C., where officials await legal paperwork ordering his release to the Hall County Sheriff’s Office.

He has been charged here with two felony counts of theft by taking for separate Sept. 2 incidents on Browns Bridge Road. And deputies have surveillance footage to support their case, said Capt. Woodrow Tripp, who supervises the criminal investigations division.

“Clearly, the video puts (him) right there,” Tripp said.
A witness foiled what may have been Charping’s second stop at the Milton Martin Honda dealership on Jan. 21, Tripp said, with a 911 call about a suspicious tanker.

It was the second unusual call from the business in less than five months.

Milton Martin’s parts manager told police Sept. 2 that used and new motor oil housed in holding tanks behind the business had been stolen, according to the incident report.

The witness, a delivery person, knew similar crimes happened elsewhere. So he called police after spotting the tanker early on the morning of Jan. 21.

Looks like they got you dead to rights Charping. You’re gonna’ hang for this! And a no good, yellow belly oil rustler deserves no better if yer askin’.


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