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Austin Blake Berrong-Mahaffey
Courtesy of Burke County P2C website

South Carolina Man Charged With Stolen Vehicle Offense In Burke County

30-year-old Austin Blake Berrong-Mahaffey of Spartanburg, South Carolina, was arrested Thursday (December 7) by Morganton Public Safety Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of possession of a stolen motor vehicle and possession of schedule II controlled substance. He’s also charged with failure to register a vehicle, driving while license revoked, and unsafe passing.

Shortly after midnight Thursday morning, a Public Safety Officer initiated a traffic stop on a 2004 Pontiac GTO. The vehicle was stopped on Sanford Drive in Morganton. The officer made contact with the driver of the vehicle, identified as Berrong-Mahaffey. Following an investigation, the suspect was taken into custody.

Berrong-Mahaffey was incarcerated in the Burke County Jail under $15,000 secured bond. He remained in jail as of earlier today (December 8). A District Court appearance was scheduled Thursday. As of earlier today no upcoming court dates were listed.