Williamston Police Officers investigated the following incidents:
Feb. 16 – Officers investigated an incident in which a blue and white boat and trailer was parked in the yard at 100 Mattison Dr. in Williamston. Upon investigation the tenants at the location said they did not know who it belonged to and that it had been there for about two days. Checking the ID number found the owner to be a William Gresham in Columbia. Gresham told officers the boat should be at his property in Abbeville County. He was advised to report the boat stolen in Abbeville County. R. Drennon, S. N. Robison investigated.
Feb. 16 – Jimmy Ellision, 9 Davis St., Williamston reported items valued at $992 taken from a storage building. Items included a Poulan electric chainsaw, electric Grasshog Trimmer, 2400 PSI pressure washer and electronic Star light show for home decor. S. N. Robison investigated.
Feb. 16 – Dollar General, 526 W. Main St., Williamston reported a shoplifting incident in which a white female concealed items including hair dye, hair products, a ceramic Minni Mouse doll, press on nails and other miscellaneous items in a large purse in an attempt to take them from the business without paying. When officers questioned her in the store she at first refused to consent to a search of her purse but later admitted she had concealed several items. The items were returned to the store clerk and no charges were filed. Johann Kay Kinard, 39, 1704 S. Murray Ave., Anderson was placed on trespass notice for the store. M. E. Simmons, R. Drennon investigated.
Feb. 17 – Travell Thomas, 21, 4 Natick Drive, Piedmont was arrested for failutre to stop for a blue light and reckless driving after officers observed a silver Dodge four door with a paper tag driving at a high rate of speed on Greenville Drive. The vehicle turned into the Fast Fuel parking lot and then turned on Gossett Drive, East First Street and Williams Street Extension.
It then ran the stop sign at the end of Williams Street extension and turned left onto Academy and Spring Street, then Academy and Shaw where the driver exited the vehicle and ran on foot to behind a residence. Officers chased the suspect over three or four fences before catching him and placing him under arrest. During the chase officers saw an object thrown from the vehicle but were unable to find it later. The vehicle was rented out of Greenville. C. Green, M. Beeman investigated.
Feb. 17 – Cedric Martez Edwards, 25,345 E. Carolina St., Williamston was arrested after officers were dispatched to a motor vehicle accident in the parking lot of Hardees. According to reports, a black male driving a white Ford Explorer placed his vehicle in reverse and struck a vehicle driven by Walter Ellison while they were in the drive-thru lane. While investigating, it was determined the vehicle belonged to an employee, Patrice Peterson, who stated she did not know who was driving the vehicle. The registered owner, James Fields Archer was called to the scene but did not provide any information as to who was driving it. Archer was issued a citation for allowing an unauthorized person to operate a motor vehicle and fined $237.50. The driver was later identified as Peterson’s boyfriend, Cedric Martez Edwards, 25, 345 E. Carolina St., Williamston. T. L. Eichelberger investigated.
Feb. 17 – Steven Roy Donald, 39, 304 Beaverdam Rd., Williamston reported a burlary in which forced entry was gained by kicking in a door. Missing items included a computer valued at $650, firearms valued at $1940 and jewelry valued at $4450. K. Anthony investigated.
Feb. 18 – Fst Fuel, 207 W. Main Williamston reported a white male wearing a grayish jacket entered the store and tried paying for an item with a suspected stolen credit card. T. L. Eichelberger investigated.
Feb. 18 – Scott Hendricks, 38, 202 Lee St., Williamston reported he was the victim of a scam in which he applied online for a loan with Advance America. They requested he put $250 (first monthly installment) on a Reloadit card which he did. When he did not see the loan in his bank account, he contacted them and was told they needed another $490 which he refused to give them. He subsequentley called the real Advance America and they told him they were unaware of a loan and he was the victim of a scam. B. Peterson investigated.
Feb. 19 – Joseph Cadden, 1002 Anderson Dr., Williamston reported a burglary in which unknown persons entered a building behind his residence and took items valued at $1501. Stolen items included miscellaneous tools, a Craftsman socket set, Craftsman saws, King Cobra golf clubs and a storage bin. M. E. Simmons investigated.
Feb. 20 – A black Taurus PT 24/7 G2 9mm handgun with the magazine missing was found by a man walking his dog on Spring Street. The gun, valued at $200 was turned over to officers. S. N. Robison investigated.