” Pickens County Sheriff’s Office Seeks Assistance in Identifying Suspected Auto Breaker”

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05-26-17

The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating thefts from unlocked vehicles that occurred from residences in the Liberty area during the nighttime hours on May 22 to May 23, 2017.

Five vehicles that had been left unlocked by the owners were entered by an unidentified person. Personal property to include several financial transaction cards were taken from each vehicle.

Stolen credit/debit cards were later used at local businesses and the Sheriff’s Office is currently attempting to identify a man that was captured on video while attempting to use the stolen cards.

An adult W/M wearing a gray colored t-shirt with the word “Army” printed on the front, light colored pants and a ball cap is seen in the attached images of transactions involving the use of the stolen cards. He was seen driving away in a dark colored sedan which is shown in two of the photos.

Detectives are asking anyone with information as to the identity of the man seen in the photos to please contact the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office at (864) 898-5500 or Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIMESC.

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“Pickens County Sheriff’s Office Continues to Investigate Suspicious Fire that Destroyed Local Tavern”

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05-24-17

The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office currently has two detectives assigned to the investigation into the circumstances of the fire that destroyed a local business on Saturday, May 20, 2017.

The business known as “Bob’s Place” located at 1490 Moorefield Memorial Hwy has been declared to be a total loss due to damage from the fire.

The Sheriff’s Office has interviewed several individuals and tracked down numerous leads but has yet to develop enough information to positively identify a suspect. Information that has been disseminated from various sources over social media has stated that an individual has been arrested by the Sheriff’s Office as a result of the investigation.

Sheriff Rick Clark stated…

“We have not filed charges against any individual regarding the fire at Bob’s Place. We ask that members of the community refrain from making unsubstantiated statements and I certainly would advise them to not publicly identify a particular person by name as being the person responsible for the fire unless that information has been released by my office. 

Publicly posting these types of statements can potentially jeopardize our investigation and I am committed to bringing the person or persons responsible for this incident to justice once we are able to confirm our suspicions that this was an intentional act targeted against Bob’s Place. 

For the sake of Ms. Johnson (Bob’s widow), help us and don’t work against us. If you have information that you think we should be aware of then please contact my detectives or if you feel more comfortable remaining anonymous then please contact CrimeStoppers.”

The Sheriff’s Office is working closely with prosecutors from the 13th Circuit Solicitor’s Office throughout the investigation as the facts and supporting evidence is collected.

Anyone with information concerning this incident is asked to please contact the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office at (864) 898-5500 or Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIMESC.

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“Pickens County Sheriff’s Deputy involved in Traffic Accident”

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05-23-17  

The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office is confirming that a deputy was involved in a traffic collision at the intersection of Hwy 93 and South Pendleton St. at approximately 10:00pm on Monday, May 22, 2017.

The on-duty deputy was the only occupant in the marked patrol unit at the time of the collision which involved a 2014 Toyota Tundra truck occupied by two civilians. The deputy and the two civilians were treated and released for minor injuries following the accident.

Preliminary findings indicate that the deputy entered the intersection with his blue lights activated after he observed another vehicle disregard the red light. In the deputy’s effort to pass through the intersection and stop the suspected violator, the patrol unit was struck on the driver’s side by an oncoming vehicle causing extensive damage to both vehicles.

The Sheriff’s Office wants to emphasize that the deputy was not in an active pursuit.

As per state law, the SC Highway Patrol was requested to investigate the accident. The deputy was cited for Failure to Yield Right of Way.

Sheriff Rick Clark stated…

“We are extremely thankful and feel blessed that the three parties involved in this accident did not sustain any life-threatening injuries. Unfortunately, the unknown driver in the vehicle that precipitated the incident did not stop and was not able to be identified. 

We serve with the vision to protect life and property and we are our own worst critics when our actions fall short of achieving that goal”.

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“Pickens County Sheriff’s Office Investigates Weekend Fire that Destroyed Local Establishment”

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05-22-17  

The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating a fire that completely destroyed a well-known establishment located at 1490 Moorefield Memorial Hwy late Saturday night.

A passing motorist notified authorities on May 20, 2017, just before midnight, after seeing flames near the front porch area of “Bob’s Place”. The tavern, known to many in the area, is located in a remote area of Pickens County and has been declared to be a total loss from the fire damage.

The Sheriff’s Office is working closely with fire officials and has determined that the fire is suspicious in nature. No arrests have been made but numerous individuals have been interviewed regarding any activities or incidents over the previous weeks that might be related to the fire on Saturday night.

The business was closed at the time of the incident and therefore no injuries were sustained as a result of the fire.

The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information concerning this incident to please contact the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office at (864) 898-5500 or Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIMESC.

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“Pickens County Sheriff’s Office asks for Public’s Help in Identifying Burglary Suspect”

 

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Burglary Suspect

05-17-17

The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating a Burglary to a residence located at #115 Cherokee Trail in the Dacusville community that occurred on Wednesday, May 10, 2017.

Surveillance cameras at the home captured images of an unknown male approaching the residence on a bicycle moments before he forced entry into an outbuilding at approximately 8:15am. The male was then seen leaving the location with stolen items.

A still image captured from the video is attached to this release and anyone with information as to the identity of the person in the photo is asked to call the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office at (864) 898-5500 or Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIMESC.

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“Fake News Story, April 2017″

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The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office has received several calls from the public within the past 24 hours concerning information that has been posted on social media regarding a “Pickens County Serial Killer” that is on the loose. The post goes in detail about the man being wanted for multiple murders and that residents should turn to “Channel 28 News at 11” for more information.

The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office has no knowledge of any such individual nor are we aware of any media station in the immediate area identified as “Channel 28 News”.

Please do not allow yourself to be lured into relying on social media as your primary source of information and instead refer to your local, mainstream media sources for more accurate and up-to-date information.

From all indications, this is “Fake News” in an attempt to fool you through the spread of misinformation.

Creed W. Hashe, Chief Deputy