By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer
(Walhalla, SC)————————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Westminster man yesterday on charges of Second Degree Burglary and Grand Larceny.
19 year old Tyler Wayne Smith of Chiefs Lane was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 3:08pm.
A deputy from the Uniform Patrol Division spoke with an individual on the afternoon of September 18th regarding a larceny that occurred at a separate address on Chiefs Lane. The victim told the deputy that several tools were taken from a building on the property. The case was turned over to the Criminal Investigations Division.
As the investigation continued and evidence was gathered in the case, it was determined that Smith had entered the building sometime between September 17th and September 18th and had taken the tools in question. Investigators also recovered the items that were taken from the residence where Smith resides and those items have been returned to the owner.
Based upon the evidence gathered, deputies had probably cause to obtain arrest warrants against Smith on September 20th.
Smith remains in custody at the Detention Center as of 11am this morning.
The charge of Second Degree Burglary against Smith is a felony that carries a penalty of not more than 15 years in prison.
The charge of Grand Larceny against Smith is a felony that carries a penalty of not more than 10 years in prison.