Arrest related to multiple burglaries in Williamston and S. Greenville County

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Williamston Police Report Dec. 2 – 22

While Williamston Police Officers were investigating a burglary at 513 West Main St., in early December, a suspect vehicle was observed in the back parking lot of 529 West Main St. According to reports a white Dodge Dakota pickup truck was observed with a tag registered to a 1985 Ford. A check with dispatch on the vin number showed the truck was stolen out of Greenville County. Inside the vehicle, officers found stolen items belonging to three different victims. The vehicle was processed by Anderson County forensics and the stolen items were processed and returned to the owners.
Some of the items belonged to Clint Andrew McDaniel, 103 Bessie Rd., Piedmont included camouflage Mossberg 500 12 gauge shotgun, three 12 gauge live rounds, a Ballistic compound bow, a Barnett Rapture Cross Bow, camouflage Bushnell binoculars and one Costas sunglasses. Those recovered items were valued at $1,227.
Other items found in the vehicle included: set of keys with name Dane Cheek attached to a metal pill container, blue Samsung phone, clear baggy of white crystal substance weighing 4.5 grams, gray Motorolla (missing from Panda Cafe) Blue Verizon Droid (missing from Panda Cafe) Hardees receipt, $210 cash (released to Panda Cafe), a SC license plate RYE453.

Dec. 2 – Burglary suspect caught inside business – Dane Evann Cheek, 26, 241 Miller Rd., Belton was arrested for burglary after officers responded to Foothills Gun and Pawn, 513 West Main St. and caught the suspect inside the business. The suspects vehicle, a white Dodge pickup, was located behind a local business and reported as stolen out of Greenville County. The recovered stolen Dodge pickup truck, valued at $4,000, belonged to Jimmy Heatherly.
Other items in the stolen vehicle belonged to Andrew Mardis, Augusta Rd., Pelzer. His business, A&M Automotive of Augusta Rd, Pelzer was also recently burglarized and multiple items recovered were identified as belonging to A&M Automotive. Recovered items included various tools, automotive diagnostic scanner, work light, security camera, knives, Tom Tom automotive GPS and other items. Total value of items was $3,680. The items were inventoried by ACSO forensics and returned to the owner. Responding officer was W. A Smith.
Attempted escape – The burglary suspect, Dane Evann Cheek, 26, 241 Miller Rd., Belton, was arrested in connection with two burglaries. He was transported to ACDC. As the gate opened slightly, Cheek turned and ran through towards the Civic Center. Officer Hart chased on foot while officer Alexander chased in a vehicle. Alexander caught and restrained Cheek on the sidewalk that leads into the Civic Center. Upon returning to ACDC, the detention center declined entry due to Mercer (infection) on the subject’s finger. He was transported to AnMed ER for treatment. Judge M. Lollis issued a warrant for escape/escape attempted. D. R. Hart, R. Alexander reported. Cheek is facing additional charges with Greenville County Sheriff’s Office for incidents in Greenville County. The incident happened on Dec. 2.
Dec. 2 – Justin Michael James, 22, 703 Tripp St., reported his two year old male Pitbull was possibly sprayed with pepper spray. While investigating in the back yard, officers sensed the presence of what was believed to be pepper spray. Sgt. L. E. Mulz investigated.
Dec. 4 – EMS was dispatched to 32 Ridge Court in reference to a person having difficulty breathing. Officers were notified that a person at the residence also had active arrest warrants. According to reports, officers entered and identified Jason Travis Lee Vickery who was detained. Vickery had four active family court bench warrants. ACSO dispatched a deputy to transport him to ACDC. J. M. Cobb was reporting officer.
Dec. 5 – A gray 1993 Dodge Dakota with no tag displayed was towed after it had sit on Main Street for several days. D. Vickery reported.
Dec. 8 – Jason Tyler Sweet, 32, 215 Mauldin St., Williamston reported $2,000 in damage done to a 2006 Ford Mustang while at 305 West Main St. D. Vickery investigated.
Dec. 8 – Erin Cathey, 34, 110 Gossett Dr. reported a recently purchased Ruger P85 9MM handgun valued at $305 was taken from a bedroom. D. Vickery investigated. On Dec. 21 the firearm in question was pawned at Foothills Pawn.
Dec. 13 – Officer J. M. Cobb investigated a shots fired incident in the area of Brock Lane. Reports state when Officer Cobb arrived he observed a deer, which appeared to be injured, hopping across the road. A nearby resident stated a vehicle was observed leaving the area without headlights on, however no suspicious vehicle could be located.
Dec. 14 – Officers investigated a hit and run incident at the Career and Technology Center, 702 Hwy. 20 in which a 2010 Honda Accord was struck on the front end by another vehicle causing damage estimated at $10,000. The vehicle was parked inside the gated parking area. D. R. Hart investigated.
Dec. 14 – Hunter Eugene Skyles, 18, 411 Dean Spring Road, Belton was issued a traffic summons for no driver’s license after a silver Mazda was observed traveling on East Main St. with no headlights. He was issued a warning for the headlights and the vehicle was turned over to his mother. J. M. Cobb investigated.
Dec. 15 – Johnny Norwood Bell, 71, 200 Shirley Dr., Williamston reported an unknown vehicle struck his 1997 Mercedes on the drivers side door while the vehicle was parked on his private drive. Sgt. L. E. Mulz investigated.
Dec. 16 – SavWay, 309 E. Main St., Williamston reported a gas drive off in which a black Chevrolet Equinox pumped $25.86 in gas and did not pay for the item. The driver was described as an older white male with a mustache. Sgt. L. E. Mulz investigated.
Dec. 16 – Officers responded to 129 Parkview Apartments in reference to shots fired. While investigating, three .233 spent casings were found by the front door. The occupant of the apartment, Hannah Ranae Horne, 26, did have a .223 rifle inside the apartment, which she said was brought by Michael Blake Thornley of Gray Court for her protection because someone had attempted to burglarize her unit. In addition to Horne and Thornley, a Ronald Stowers of Anderson was also present and wanted in Hartwell Ga., however Hartwell officials denied extradiction from out of state. All three were reluctant to advise who fired the weapon. No charges were made. Captain K. Marsee investigated.
Dec. 17 – Austin Wooten, 25, 804 S. Hamilton St., reported a gray 2003 Honda Accord stolen from in front of 508 Greenville Dr. The vehicle, valued at $3,000, was left running with the keys inside. D. Vickery investigated.
Dec. 17 – Officers D. Vickery and D. Hart were dispatched to Lander Memorial Library, 925 Greenville Dr. in reference to a counterfeit incident. According to reports a white female came into the library and paid a library fine with a counterfeit $1 bill. The money was placed into evidence.
Dec. 20 – Michael Scott Logan, 64, 18 E. Main St., reported a window on a 2010 white van broken with a small rock/brick found in the floor board. Nothing was reported missing. Damage to the window was estimated at $500. R. Conner investigated.
Dec. 22 – Maycari Rashad Wright,24, 121 Belvedere Rd., Greenville was issued a summons for open container after officers were dispatched in connection to a suspicious vehicle. Wright was observed in a dark color Jeep parked backward in front of the Cash Time Business with an open container of Ultra light beer in the console drink holder. J. M. Cobb investigated.
Dec. 22 – Officers investigated a counterfeiting incident in which Britany Nicole Star-Smith, 30, 303 Hardy St. was in possession of an Upstate Federal Credit Union check belonging to Gary Fletcher, 79, of 303 Hardy St. According to reports, on or about Oct. 30, Star-Smith did sign the name of the victim and cash the check, signed in her name on back, online at Stride Bank for $100. Lt. L. B. Culbertson is investigating.