Williamston Police Report

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Williamston Police Officers investigated the following incidents:
Aug. 1 – Mayor Mack Durham reported that he had been notified by the unemployment office that someone had attempted to obtain unemployment benefits under Durham’s name.
On Aug. 14, officers were dispatched to 305 West Main St. in reference to a man with a gun and an armed robbery. John Joel Matherly, 37, 106 Bent Bridge Rd., Greenville was arrested for unlawful carrying of a pistol and discharging a firearm in the city limits. (See separate story)
Aug. 16 – PTL. D.R. Hart responded to 108 Mahaffey Road where homeowner Vinson Lyle reported that he had seen two males cross the yard and approach the house at 112 Mahaffey Road. Police officers cleared the house, and the resident determined that some items were moved but nothing appeared to be missing. Several items, however, had been moved to the garage area, as if for later collection.
Aug. 17 – PTL. J. Sparks and OFC, Parker responded to a report of shots fired on E. Carolina Street. Upon arrival. They made contact with a group of black males who said they heard shots but they seemed to be coming from Tripp St. Later, Sparks spoke to a woman who said that she heard several shots from “ a big gun”, but she said she hadn’t seen anyone.
Aug.18 PTL. J. Sparks responded to a burglary complaint at 5 Sunset Court. The resident had called her husband at work to report someone in the house. The 11 year old daughter had gotten up to get something to drink and apparently surprised an intruder. She screamed and the intruder fled, dropping the woman’s purse near the back door. Nothing was found to be missing.
Aug. 19 – PTL. T. Henderson responded to 309A E. Carolina St. where Clarence Adams reported that someone had damaged his back door in an apparent effort to break in. A hole had been made in the door to allow someone to reach in and unlock it. No sign of actual entry was found. The damage to the door was estimated at $100.
Aug. 19 – PTL. M. Jackson received a phone call from Patricia Barger, WF, who stated that forty prescription medication pills had been stolen. She named a suspect but was unable to provide any viable evidence. Judge Lollis declined to issue a warrant.
Aug.20 – PTL. D. Hart responded to a report of a hit and run in the McDonald’s drive thru. The victim Tabetha Dahling gave a description and tag number. The investigation continues.
Aug.20 – PTL. D. Vickery responded to 119 Royal Dr. where Rockey Burgess, WM, 44, 5’8”, 150 pounds reported the theft of his 2012 Polaris Ranger Crew ATV, valued at $12,000. He stated that his outside surveillance camera was unplugged at the time, but his neighbor might have footage on his cameras. The following day, a tip was received that the vehicle had been seen on Acker Rd. in Greenville County. The vehicle was subsequently recovered.
Aug. 20 – Det. L.B. Culbertson detained Austin Whitehouse, WM,19, 5’6”, 150 pounds in the vicinity of a previous larceny. Whitehouse matched the description of the alleged subject. A search of him revealed a length of heavy chain, with one end wrapped in tape. He was also in possession of drug paraphernalia and was found to have an active warrant extant with the Anderson City Police.
Aug. 22 – PTL. C. Parker responded to Trinity Baptist Church at 324 Belton Drive where Rev. Robbie Robertson reported the theft of the catalytic converter from one of the church vans. The part was valued at $500.