Police: South Carolina man hid $200K of stolen goods in network of tunnels

South Carolina Man Hid $200k of Stolen Items in Network of Tunnels, Police Said

A South Carolina man is accused of concealing more than $200,000 in stolen goods in a "sophisticated network" of underground tunnels on a four-acre property in Greenville County, The State reported.

Timothy Glenn Painter, 26, was arrested Friday and charged with eight counts of receiving stolen goods and one count of grand larceny, the Greensville County Sheriff's Office said in a Facebook post.

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After obtaining a search warrant, investigators discovered the stolen goods Friday in tunnels on property in Piedmont, the Greenville Journal reported.

Some of the stolen property included heavy construction equipment, transport trailers, vehicles, power tools and construction material, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Investigators believe Painter used some of the equipment to dig the tunnels, Sheriff's Office spokesman Lt. Ryan Flood told the Greenville News.

Painter's sister, Breanna Painter, told WSPA her brother had an addiction problem, but the family knew nothing about the tunnels.

”He’s not always been this person. He has worked his butt off for what he’s owned,” Breanna Painter told the television station. “I mean, drugs completely take a toll in life and makes you a completely different person.”