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

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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.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Walhalla Woman on Unlawful Neglect Charges

Delana Leigh Reynolds

Delana Leigh Reynolds

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Walhalla woman yesterday on Unlawful Neglect of a Child Charges.

24 year old Delana Leigh Reynolds of 311 Rocky Knoll Road was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 3:11pm after turning herself into deputies at the Oconee County Law Enforcement Center.

An agent with the Narcotics Division was notified on November 14th by the Department of Social Services that drug screens performed on Reynolds and her seven year old child showed that both tested positive for methamphetamine.

According to warrants, the incident took place at the address on Rocky Knoll Road address.

The child was placed with family members, according to agents.

Reynolds was released from the Oconee County Detention Center yesterday on a $20,000 personal recognizance bond.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Makes Additional Arrest in November Stolen Vehicle Case

John Paul Simmons

John Paul Simmons

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office has made a second arrest in a stolen vehicle case from the month of November.

37 year old John Paul Simmons of 106 Fernwood Drive in West Union was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 8:15am Monday morning after agreeing to turn himself in and being picked up the Warrants Division at the Fernwood Drive address.

Simmons, along with 33 year old Joshua Wayne Griffin of 372 Cedar Wood Ranch Road in Westminster, are accused in warrants of stealing a 1991 Jeep Comanche, valued at $6,000, as well as aluminum and vehicle parts in an incident that occurred on November 24th at Clemson 4 Wheel Center on the Highway 123 by-pass.

Griffin was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center on November 25th after the Jeep was discovered at an address on Mize Drive. Griffin was found at the house and stated to deputies that he had been working on the stolen vehicle in question.

After running the vehicle information and verifying that the vehicle was stolen, Griffin was arrested. Griffin was also charged with Malicious Injury to Personal Property and Possession of Tools commonly used in commission of crimes in relation to the stolen vehicle as well as drug charges subsequent to arrest.

As the investigation continued, warrants obtained by investigators on December 5th charge Simmons with one count of Petit Larceny and one count of Grand Larceny in regards to the stolen vehicle case.

Simmons also had an outstanding arrest warrant charging him with Criminal Domestic Violence – First Offense for an incident that occurred back on November 5th in which Simmons is accused of assaulting his wife by slapping her in the face and grabbing her head.

Simmons is still being held at the Oconee County Detention Center on a combined $17,372 surety bond.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Charges Seneca Man with Multiple Charges, including six Grand Larceny Charges

Carey Joe Tollison

Carey Joe Tollison

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office has charged a Seneca man already behind bars at the Oconee County Detention Center with multiple charges, including six Grand Larceny charges.

38 year old Carey Joe Tollison of 830 Green Acres Road was originally arrested and booked into the Detention Center on November 5th on multiple unrelated charges. He was served with six Grand Larceny warrants and one Breach of Trust warrant earlier today at the jail.

According to arrest warrants, Tollison is charged with stealing a Pace covered utility trailer, valued at $5,500, from Clearmont Baptist Church on Clearmont Road in Westminster back on September 14th.

Other arrest warrants charge Tollison with stealing a 2006 Yamaha recreational vehicle from an address on Tokeena Road sometime between September 4th and September 7th, a utility trailer, two Honda motorcycles and other tools from an address on Singing Pines Road sometime between October 5th and October 6th, a 22 foot Hooper Trailer, a Kodiak rotary cutter and an implement from an address on Wells Highway on October 16th, a black dump utility trailer from an address on Granite Drive on October 24th, and a EZ Go golf cart, valued at around $5,500 from an address on Swaney’s Landing Road sometime between October 31st and November 8th. All of these crimes occurred in the Seneca area.

Tollison is also accused in warrants of receiving a blue 5 x 8 utility trailer in trust with the fraudulent intent to deprive the owner in an incident that occurred on September 25th at an address on Stribling Shoals Road in Walhalla.

In regards to the theft of the black dump utility trailer from Granite Drive on October 24th, 33 year old Mark Eldon Staton was arrested on charges of Grand Larceny on October 24th in that case.

The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is continuing their investigation.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Pickens County Man on Multiple Charges

Andrew Glenn Holcombe

Andrew Glenn Holcombe

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Pickens County man Friday morning on multiple charges stemming from two vehicle break-ins.

30 year old Andrew Glenn Holcombe of 527 Red Hill Road in Pickens was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 9:13am after being picked up at the Stephens County jail by a deputy from the Warrants Division.

A total of eight warrants were served on Holcombe, four of which were warrants issued by the Sheriff’s Office in relation to two separate vehicle break-ins that occurred on November 25th at two separate locations on Sandifer Boulevard in Seneca.

During one of the break-ins, a laptop computer, an old I-phone and various other items were taken. A set of car keys, a bank card and other identification cards were taken in the other vehicle break-in.

An investigator from the Criminal Investigations Division obtained warrants against Holcombe on December 4th charging him with two counts of petit larceny and two counts of breaking into a motor vehicle.

None of the items taken has been recovered, according to investigators.

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Anderson County Man on Multiple Charges

James Eric Powell

James Eric Powell

By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer

(Walhalla, SC)——————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested an Anderson County man Friday afternoon on three outstanding warrants from earlier this year.

46 year old James Eric Powell, whose address on warrants is listed as 4906 Highway 81 south in Starr was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 1:22pm by a deputy of the Warrants Division of the Sheriff’s Office.

A deputy responded to an address on Swaney’s Landing Road in Seneca during the early afternoon hours of December 26th, 2013 in regards to two separate complaints regarding stolen golf carts from two separate individuals. In one of the thefts, a golf cart, a 2003 EZ Go valued at $2,500, was taken from the deck of a camper of the first complainant by the cutting a metal cable. The other golf cart, a 1997 EZ GO valued at $5,000, was reportedly taken from a porch of the second complainant.

During the course of the investigation conducted by the Criminal Investigations Division, it was determined that Powell stole both golf carts and cut the metal cable in order to take the golf cart from the first complainant.

Warrants were obtained on January 9th of this year charging Powell with two counts of Grand Larceny and one count of Malicious Injury to Personal Property.

Neither golf cart has been recovered, according to investigators.