Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Warns Public of Scamming Technique Known as Spoofing

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By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————On Tuesday of this week, Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw received a phone call from a business in Westminster.

While it is not unusual for the Sheriff to take phone calls from the residents he serves in Oconee County, the information that was provided was certainly interesting.

The individual told the Sheriff that they had received a phone call which showed the Sheriff’s name and his phone number on the businesses caller I.D. The call was a computer generated call that offered the business a sales pitch to get business leads.

What the Sheriff believes and what investigators discuss when talking with residents about scams is a technique that many scammers use which is called “spoofing.”

According to an article on the website of the Federal Communications Division (http://www.fcc.gov/guides/caller-id-and-spoofing), “Spoofing” is used by criminals to falsify the number they are calling from or the name of a person in an effort to disguise the actual number they are calling from or the name of the person calling.

Scammers can make it appear that they are calling from your bank, a financial company, a governmental office or a person calling from your local area code. However, those individuals may be calling from a number that is hundreds or thousands of miles away. Due to that fact, it makes it extremely difficult for law enforcement in many cases to trace the call to find out where it originated.

The Sheriff’s Office always recommends never giving out personal information over the telephone as companies and businesses you deal with have your personal information. If an offer sounds too good to be true, more than likely it is. If you think that someone is trying to scam you, then call your local law enforcement agency in your jurisdiction and file a report. Also, never put any money on a pre-paid card if someone you are not familiar with asks you too nor provide them with any money as well.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Seeks Public’s Help in Recent South Cove Area Burglaries

200 block of South Cove Road

200 block of South Cove Road

200 block of South Cove Road

200 block of South Cove Road

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in solving four reported burglaries that have occurred in and close to the South Cove area of Oconee County.

The first burglary was reported early Friday afternoon, December 12th at an address in the 100 block of South Cove Road. The homeowner believes that the burglary and larceny occurred sometime between November 21st and the date it was reported. A Kobalt 5 gallon twin air take and a 50 foot air hose were taken. The value of the items taken is around $260.

Deputies also responded to an address in the 200 block of South Cove Road just before 8am on Sunday, December 14th. The homeowner discovered that the door to the garage was unlocked and that several drawers on several toolboxes were open. The homeowner told the deputy that the doors to the garage are kept locked and all the toolboxes are closed. Nothing appeared to be missing but pry marks were discovered on the door seal where it appears something was used to pry the door open.

Later that same morning, deputies were dispatched to the 300 block of Keowee School Road to report of a burglary and larceny that the business owner believes occurred between 5am on December 13th and 10am on December 14th. A glass in the building had been broken out and the suspect opened multiple cabinet doors. The only items that were reported missing were tools valued at around $100.

Lastly, deputies responded to an address in the 100 block of Indian Oaks Road around 10:39am Thursday morning in regards to reports of a burglary and larceny that reportedly occurred between 8am December 11th and the date it was reported. The suspect reportedly entered through a door in the basement and made it to the upstairs portion by damaging other doors. The only thing reportedly taken, according to deputies, was around $400 in quarters.

If you have any information on these burglaries and larcenies or suspect(s) who may be involved, you are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 864-638-STOP, 1-888-CRIME-SC, or text in your tip to 274637. You don’t have to give your name as all tips are anonymous and all information is confidential. If you tip leads to an arrest, you could be eligible for a cash reward.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Seeking Seneca Man on Outstanding Drug Charges

Larry Allen Ford

Larry Allen Ford

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in locating a Seneca man on outstanding drug charges.

29 year old Larry Allen Ford, whose address on warrants is listed as 514 Fernwood Drive, is being sought on four charges.

According to warrants, narcotic agents have charged Ford with two counts of trafficking, one count involving cocaine and one count involving crack cocaine, in relation to incidents that occurred on April 14th and May 31st respectively at the Fernwood Drive address.

Agents have also charged Ford with one count of Possession of a quantity of Marijuana and one count of Possession of a quantity of MDMA, which is Ecstasy, in an incident which occurred July 18th also at the Fernwood Drive address.

If you have any information on the whereabouts of Larry Allen Ford, you are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 864-638-STOP, 1-888-CRIME-SC, or text in your tip to 274637. All calls to Crime Stoppers are anonymous and the information is confidential and if your tip leads to an arrest, you could be eligible for a cash reward.

Copies of Severe Winter Weather Guide Available at Sheriff’s Office While Supplies Last

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(Walhalla, SC)——————————-Copies of the Severe Winter Weather Guide, published by the South Carolina Emergency Management Division and the State Emergency Response Team, are available at no cost at the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office while supplies last.
The guides can be picked up at the window in the front lobby of the Oconee County Law Enforcement Center at 300 South Church Street in Walhalla between the hours of 9am and 4pm Monday- Friday.
The guides provide information on how individuals and their families can stay safe in the event of winter weather, from basic knowledge of winter weather terms to what to do before, during and after a winter storm to where to turn for delay and closing information.
The brochure points out that during the winter storm in February of this year, there were 364,000 power outages statewide and total damages from the winter storm was around $260 million dollars.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Seeks Public’s Help in December 11th Wal-Mart Shoplifting Case

December 11th Wal-Mart Shoplifting Subject

December 11th Wal-Mart Shoplifting Suspects

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in solving a December 11th shoplifting case at the Seneca Wal-Mart.

According to deputies, a white female exited the store past all points of sale yesterday around 7:24pm with a shopping cart that contained merchandise valued at around $559.00 after the female along with another white male placed the items in the cart after selecting them in the store.

Deputies say that the male exited the store and got into a burgundy Chrysler 200 and waited for the female at one of the exits.

According to deputies, among the items taken was a selection of tools.

If you have any information on this shoplifting or the suspects in question, you are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 864-638-STOP, 1-888-CRIME-SC, or text in your tip to 274637. You don’t have to give your name and if your tip leads to an arrest, you could be eligible for a cash reward.

2015 Crime Stoppers of Oconee County Golf Tournament Set for April 30th, 2015

Sheriff's Badge

Crimestoppers Logo

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)———————————Registration is now open for players and hole sponsors to sign up for the 2015 Crime Stoppers of Oconee County golf tournament which will be held on Thursday, April 30th, 2015 at Oconee Country Club in Seneca

Registration on that day will begin at 10:30am with a 12 noon shotgun start. The format will be 4 man Captain’s Choice. The cost per player is $60.00. There will also be door prizes, a hole-in-one contest, and gift bags for each player. Also, mulligans will be sold the day of the tournament. A dinner will be served at the conclusion of the tournament.

For more information on how to register your team or become a hole sponsor, contact Jimmy Watt, Public Information Officer with the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office, at 864-638-4199 or e-mail Jimmy at jwatt@oconeelaw.com.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Seeks Public’s Help in Multiple Shoplifting Cases at Seneca Wal-Mart

Suspect in Both Shoplifting Cases

Suspect in Both Shoplifting Cases

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in solving two separate shoplifting cases at the Seneca Wal-Mart committed by the same person.

Deputies believe that the first shoplifting occurred on or about November 29th, when a white male came into the store at 1636 Sandifer Boulevard and put three computers, believed to be HP computers, in a shopping cart and took them past all points of sale and left the store with them.

Deputies were then notified that on Monday of this week, the same individual entered the store, went to the computer section and took possession of a HP desktop computer, valued at around $527.88, and went past all points of sale and exited the store without paying for them.

The individual then reportedly got into a Gold Honda CRV with two black females inside. Deputies were not able to obtain the tag information for this vehicle.

Deputies are looking for information on the identity of the individual that was taken by the security cameras at Wal-Mart. In the picture provided to deputies, the individual in question is wearing what appears to be a blue baseball style hat and a blue coat.

If you have any information on this case, you are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 864-638-STOP, 1-888-CRIME-SC, or text in your tip to 274637. You don’t have to give your name and if you tip leads to an arrest, you could be eligible for a cash reward.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Seneca Man in Stolen Trailer Case

Wallace Dewayne Reece

Wallace Dewayne Reece

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Seneca man yesterday morning on charges of Petit Larceny involving a stolen trailer.

29 year old Wallace Dewayne Reece of 575 Singing Pines Road was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 7:37am.

Deputies began their investigation on December 6th after being contacted by a complainant stating that a 5 x 11 trailer had been stolen. The complainant also told the deputy that a bath tub on the trailer was also taken. Witnesses also told the complainant that they observed a blue in color Ford truck on the property. According to warrants, the property from which the trailer was taken is on Highway 59 south of the Tokeena Crossroads.

As the investigation continued by the Criminal Investigations Division, deputies were able to locate the trailer and also identify Reece as the individual who took the trailer as well as confirming that he was driving the Ford truck in question. Investigators, according to warrants, believe that the trailer was taken on or about December 5th. Those warrants were obtained on December 8th.

The value of the trailer and the bath tub is around $1,200.00, according to investigators. Investigators say that the trailer has been returned to the owner.

Wallace was released yesterday from the Detention Center on a $2,130 personal recognizance bond.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Seeks Public’s Help in Wal-Mart Shoplifting Case

Wal-Mart Shoplifting Suspect from November 20th

Wal-Mart Shoplifting Suspect from November 20th

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in solving a November 20th shoplifting case that took place at the Seneca Wal-Mart.

According to deputies, the suspect in the case entered the store at 1636 Sandifer Boulevard around 12:27pm and made his way to the electronics section, where he picked up a 32 inch Vizio TV and placed it in a shopping cart.

The subject walked to the front of the store and then proceeded to take the TV out of the cart and exit the store without purchasing the TV. The suspect reportedly got into a white in color Chevy Trailblazer.

The man that deputies are looking is a black male who may go by the name “Jamal” and may reside in the Pendleton area. The suspect was wearing a black baseball hat which deputies said had the letter “P” on it. The driver of the vehicle was a black female. Deputies also believe that the male and female borrowed the vehicle that they were in.

The value of the TV taken is around $230.00, according to deputies.

If you have any information on the identity or whereabouts of this suspect, you are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 864-638-STOP, 1-888-CRIME-SC, or text in your tip to 274637. You don’t have to give your name and if your tip leads to an arrest, you could be eligible for a cash reward.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Charges Two in Early November Burglary and Larceny

Justin Alexander

Justin Alexander

Marquez Kendrick

Marquez Kendrick

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office has charged two Seneca men with an early November burglary near Seneca in which three television sets were stolen from a residence.

One of the individuals charged, 19 year old Marquez Tyriek Kendrick of 115 Whittle Park Drive, was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 2:18pm yesterday after being arrested by the Seneca Police Department of two outstanding bench warrants.

Kendrick was also booked in on a Temporary Custody Order as well until warrants were obtained today charging him with First Degree Burglary and Grand Larceny.

The Sheriff’s Office is seeking a second suspect in the case. 22 year old Justin Dimon Alexander is also being charged in arrest warrants with First Degree Burglary and Grand Larceny.

Deputies responded to an address on Old Clemson Highway around 4:25pm on November 5th due to reports of a burglary and larceny in which three flat screen TV sets, including a 67 inch, 62 inch and a 22 inch, were stolen. The combined total amount of all three TV’s is around $3,750.

If you have any information on the whereabouts of Justin Dimon Alexander, you are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 864-638-STOP, 1-888-CRIME-SC, or text in your tip to 274637. You don’t have to give your name and if your tip leads to an arrest, you could be eligible for a cash reward.