Sheriff’s Office investigating robbery of Dollar General Store


Anderson County Sheriff’s Deputies are investigating an armed robbery of a local Dollar General store on Saturday and several incidents of counterfeit money being circulated in the area.
July 28 – Anderson County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the Dollar General Store at 3309 Pelzer Hwy., Easley, to a report of an armed robbery. Store personnel stated that a short black male entered the store shortly before closing and threatened them with a handgun, demanding money. He was in his mid-20s and was dressed all in black, including a bandanna over his face.

The ACSO has asked that a white female who left the store just before the robbery occurred please contact them. They think she may have information important to the investigation. She was wearing a red T shirt with a picture of the Sesame Street character Elmo on it.

Other incidents investigated include the following:


July 28 – J.T. Bowers responded to the Southern Oaks Golf Club where Gabriel Luce reported that someone had driven a car on to the twelfth fairway and green and deliberately torn up the turf in those areas. The damage was estimated at $5000.

July 28 – E.E. Standard responded to 1123 Three and Twenty Road where Christopher Com, WM, 28, reported that his sister assaulted him, took acell phone and then ran over his right foot as she left. No arrest was made but the case was to be presented to a judge for action.

July 28 – J.A. Bannister was dispatched to 106 Gadwall Dr. where Roderick White reported that someone had thrown a rock through a window over his front door. The damage was estimated at $250.

July 28 – J.J. Jacobs was on patrol when he saw a vehicle with a dealer’s tag and one headlight out. He stopped the car and found that Sarah Ballenger, WF, 24, 5’3″, 160 pounds, brn/blue had outstanding warrants by both Pickens County and the SC Probation, Pardon and Parole Services. She was taken into custody and transported to the Pickens County line where Pickens deputies took custody of her.


July 28 – J.A. Bannister was dispatched to 3435 Hwy. 153 to the McDonald’s where Josh Miller reported the theft of his cell phone from a table in the restaurant. Miller, an employee, had video of a Hispanic female between 35/40 years of age take the phone and leave the restaurant.

July 28 – J.T. Bowers responded to the Rite-Aid Pharmacy at 3441Highway 153 where a store employee reported that a WF, 20/30 years old, 5’2″, 120 pounds tried to make a purchase with three counterfeit $20 bills. Upon being told the purchase was denied, she left the store in white F-150 extended cab pickup truck.

July 29 – J.A. Bannister was dispatched to the Waffle House at 103 Assembly Dr. where Dustin Swilling , WM, 19 complained that he had been assaulted following a verbal altercation with someone. Swilling suffered a broken nose and was treated by Pelzer EMS.

July 29 – D.L. Brinston responded to 1216 White Rd. where Ashlee Jeffries reported the theft of a golf cart from her residence. The loss was estimated at $8500.

July 30 – Cpl. K.D. Pigman was dispatched to 200 Hwy. 29 N to the Form-a-Tool company where James Musacchia reported that a window in the business had three holes in it. The damage was estimated at $200.

July 30 – Cpl. K.D. Pigman responded to 1004 McEnroe Circle where Katie Cruz reported that her child’s father Justin Smith, WM, 22, 5’5″, 140 pounds, brn/brn had assaulted her by seizing her by the arm several times, bruising her. A warrant was issued for criminal domestic violence, second offense.

July 30 – J.E. Scott responded to 1101 Hwy.86 to the J and J Mart where Margaret Joseph reported that a counterfeit one hundred dollar bill had passed through the store’s register without being caught. The bill was placed into evidence.

July 30 – A. Land was dispatched to 312 Tripp Rd. where Ronald Outlaw reported that two men, either darkly tanned or Hispanic backed up to a 6X10 utility trailer and hitched it up and drove off. He valued the trailer at $3000.

July 30 – R.D. Smith responded to the Pilot Gas Station at 108 Frontage Rd. where Noelle Steadman reported that the store had accepted a counterfeit $20 bill.


July 28 – E.E. Standard responded to 201 Guyton Rd. where John Durham reported the theft of his 24 foot Sylvan pontoon boat, valued at $2000.

July 30 – P.D. Marter responded to 4504 Hwy. 81 where Tiara Martin reported someone had entered her car and stolen $150 from under the seat of her car.