Orangeburg man charged for stealing jewelry, having meth lab in his home

David Vaughn (Orangeburg County Sherriff's Office)

ORANGEBURG COUNTY, SC (WACH) – An Orangeburg man charged with stealing thousands of dollars in jewelry is also being charged with drug-related charges when detectives discovered a meth lab in his home.

According to the Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office, 31-year-old David Vaughn is charged with a first offense of disposing of meth waste, manufacturing meth possession of meth or cocaine base, grand larceny and receiving stolen goods.

“This individual’s troubles kept compounding as our investigation into stolen jewelry progressed,” the sheriff said. “So far, he’s charged in connection stolen batteries, stolen jewelry, and having a meth lab.”

Deputies say that back in Dec., an Orangeburg County homeowner reported an estimated $7,000 in jewelry was stolen from her home. She believed a man familiar with the family had taken the jewelry.

Investigators were searching for the man when he was identified in connection with the Jan. 19 theft of stolen batteries. The batteries were reported to have been taken form heavy equipment belonging to an Orangeburg company.

When investigators caught up with Vaughn on Thursday, he was found to have had a quantity of what is believed to be cocaine or meth.

According to warrants against him, investigators then executed a search warrant to search his vehicle and residence found drug paraphernalia as well as materials used in making methamphetamine, including camping fuel and liquid cleaning solutions.

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