On the early morning hours of July 13, 2019, thieves infiltrated 3V Sigma USA chemical facility via the Sampit River and stole multiple barrels of palladium, a rare-earth precious metal, worth approximately $300,000.
The case was assigned to deputies with the Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division.
Initially armed with only dark and grainy security camera footage, investigators worked diligently to develop additional leads and evidence, ultimately resulting in the identification of suspects.
After a 10-week investigation, deputies have taken Robert J. Britt, a 39-year-old Georgetown man, into custody and charged him with one count of Grand Larceny in connection with the theft of the palladium.
Investigators were also able to recover all of the stolen palladium and return it to 3V Sigma USA.
The investigation is ongoing and additional arrests are likely.