Sheriff investigates counterfeit $50 bills


Anderson County Sheriff’s Deputies investigated incidents where several counterfeit $50 dollar bills were passed in the Pelzer and Piedmont area last week.

On Sunday, June 17, ACSO Deputy E.E. Standard responded to the Bi-Lo in Pelzer where store manager Carolyn Bingham reported that two unknown white males, one 25/30 years old with brown hair, and the other a few years older with brown hair and a short beard, had purchased food three times in just a few minutes, using fifty dollar bills each time.

The next day, ACSO Deputy Cpl. J.T. Bowers was dispatched to the Pilot Convenience Store at I-85 in Piedmont. The manager of the McDonald’s showed him a $50 bill which he determined to be counterfeit. At approximately the same time of day, Deputy J.W. Blair also received a report of a white female distributing a counterfeit $50 bill at the Pilot store at that location. She was estimated to be 25-30 years old.


June 16 – J.J. Jacobs and members of the CATCH Team responded to 104 Jessie Drive in response to a complaint of drug activity, where they made contact with Kristie Smith, WF, 24, 5’5″, 115 pounds, black/blue. The team received permission to search the house and subsequently found methamphetamine. Smith told them that her roommate, Tenille Gonzalez, was already in custody at ACDC. She was contacted by phone at the detention center.

June 17 – R. Anderson responded to the Sonny’s BBQ Restaurant where employee Patrick Kubanek reported the theft of his Tomos Nitro Moped from the parking lot. The loss was estimated at $2000.

June 17 – R. Anderson was dispatched to 1605 Circle Rd. where Furman Gotshaw reported that someone had broken into his shed and an enclosed 6X10 trailer. Apparently nothing was taken, but locks were cut off both doors.

June 18 – R.M. Cooper was dispatched to 1535 Circle Rd. where Philip Durham, II reported that someone had stolen a dirt bike valued at $3000 from his property.


June 16 – J.G. Williams responded to The Shanty restaurant on Hwy. 29 N. Lisa Greene, owner, said she had come to the business after receiving a message from a person with whom she had been in a dispute over money and the business. She said she reached the building and saw the person leaving from the back of the building, where she found the back window broken out.

June 16 – R. Anderson responded to Lot 6 Paradise Dr. in response to a civil dispute. He checked with Central Dispatch and learned that Donnie Joe Carpenter, WM, 52, 5’7″, 165 pounds, brn/blue was wanted on an active bench warrant. He was taken into custody and transported to ACDC.

June 18 – C. Hagood responded to 297 Hwy. 20 South in reference to a shoplifting call at the Fred’s Store. Store employee Cynthia Pinson reported that a black male, 28-30, 6’, 200 pounds and a black female, 28-33, 5’6″, 180 pounds and two kids came in the store. They grabbed two flat screen televisions and fled in a silver Mazda. According to Pinson, they have been captured on video stealing TVs from several Fred’s across the Upstate.


June 16 – D.L. Brinston responded to Lot T-9 at 129 Beardsley Rd. where two brothers had been in a fight. Neither would press charges and neither’s injuries were serious. No arrests were made.

June 17 – E.E. Standard was dispatched to 413 Hurricane Creek Rd. where Chrissy Rochester reported the theft of clothing and food from her home, valued at $140.

June 18- B. Simpson responded to 17 Anderson St. where Dawn Haynes reported that after she left her 2003 Hyundai Electra at a car wash with a flat tire, she returned to find it stolen. The car was valued at $7400.

June 18 – R.D. Smith responded to Marquis Marble at 2533 River Road, where Donna Harrelson reported the theft of a special steel ‘A’ frame rack for holding large slabs of marble. It was valued at $900.


June 16- C. Holbrooks was dispatched to 5 Beaverdam the Saluda Valley Country Club, where Thomas Tucker reported that someone had broken the window of his 2007 Ford Expedition and stole his wallet. Cynthia Massey also reported that someone broke into her 2007 Honda Odyssey and stole her purse. Total losses were estimated at $160.

June 18 – C.P. Huff responded to the Williamston Police Department where Kelly Padfield, WF, 45, reported that her ex-husband, Scott Padfield, who still cohabits the home, had assaulted her by grabbing her by the arms and threatening her with a gun. He was arrested and taken to ACDC.