SUMMERVILLE, SC — A tow truck driver in Dorchester County is under arrest for price gouging while folks were trying to rescue pets from a flooded shelter.
Authorities say 40 year old Robert Andrew Boland of Summerville was towing cars near the Francis Willis SPCA on Saturday and charging a fee that was in “gross disparity” to the normal price.
Hundreds of people rushed to the Francis Willis SPCA on Saturday to foster animals when word got out that the shelter was flooding. There was a line of vehicles waiting at the entrance and the line of cars stretched down a road nearby.
About 75 dogs were adopted on Saturday alone, the shelter said.
Gov. Nikki Haley had already declared a state of emergency due to the weather.
Some people parked at a nearby Shell station and walked to the shelter. When they returned, one driver found her car towed and was charged $250. Another driver paid $150 to have a vehicle unhooked from the tow truck. Investigators later found the normal, daily price for a tow was only $85.
Authorities also say Boland did not have a valid license to operate in Dorchester County.
Boland will be charged with two counts of price gouging during an emergency, and he will be cited for operating without a business license. A bond hearing has not been set yet.
Meanwhile, the shelter is still working to make repairs from the flooding.