In Greenwood County: Landscape Supply Employee Steals Equipment When Denied Money

A former employee of a local business was arrested last week after being caught red-handed with his ill-gotten gains.
hodAccording to an incident report from the Greenwood County Sheriff’s Office, Hod Verble III was charged with simple larceny last Wednesday after stealing a pair of saws from his former workplace.
The owners of Landscape Supply on Highway 72 told investigators that they had recently let Verble go because of a “substance abuse problem,” said the report.
He showed up at the store early last Wednesday asking for money. When he was denied, he left. But Verble returned a short time later again asking for money.
Verble was denied again and left again. But he detoured to swipe a Stihl Concrete saw and a Dewalt Circular saw then jumped a fence and ran to the Ideal Motel nearby.
A red Nissan Sentra was waiting for him.
The car was pulled over on 72 Bypass near Lakelands Pawn. Veble was in the passenger seat.
The other two occupants in the car told deputies that Verble has said the saws were his family’s and was just getting them back.
Verble was handcuffed due to his alleged “erratic behavior.” He also told the arresting deputy, “yeah I went to get my money and didn’t get paid so I took the saws was that so bad,” said the report.
While enroute to the detention center, the deputy had to pull over and resecure Verlbe due to him unbuckling his seatbelt and turning in his seat as if he was trying to escape.