Arrests Allege Industrial Burglaries in Clinton w-update
Friday, August 3, 2018 - WLBG on-line
Two people were arrested by Clinton Public Safety yesterday in connection with an industrial burglary involving malicious damage and theft of items valued over $10,000.
18-year-old Dustin Scott Franklin Jr. of 1651 Union Highway, Union is charged with 2nd and 3rd Degree Burglary, with Obtaining Nonferrous Metals, Criminal Conspiracy, Damage to Real Property and with Grand Larceny.
Detective Tyrone Goggins states that between January 1st and May 1st Franklin entered a building at 53 Commerce Avenue without consent and stole items valued at over $10,000. These reportedly included multiple types of wire stored in racks at the warehouse along with batteries for heavy equipment, plus tools and personal items. He is further accused of doing over $5,000 in damages by maliciously cutting wires connected to fixtures, damaging the structure in the process. Dustin Franklin Jr. is also accused of conspiring with two other people to commit the Commerce Avenue Burglary and Larceny. He allegedly entered the Commerce Avenue building in the nighttime. He’s also accused of a Burglary at 600 East Florida Street between May 13th and 15th, and of cutting electric wiring there to steal nonferrous metals.
Dustin Scott Franklin Jr. remained in the Laurens County Detention Center this morning with bonds totaling $22,500.
Also arrested in connection with the burglary and thefts at 53 Commerce Avenue was 30-year-old Kenneth Raynard “Ken” McKinney of 231 South Hampton Avenue, Joanna. Clinton Public Safety charged him with 2nd Degree Burglary, Criminal Conspiracy, Injury to Real Property and with Grand Larceny. Ken McKinney was released yesterday on posting cash or surety bonds totaling $17,500.
4 Now Charged with a Warehouse Burglary
Monday, August 6, 2018
There have been two more arrests in connection with a burglary at a warehouse off Interstate 26 in the first four months of this year. Last week we reported on the arrest of two people on multiple charges in this case. Today, we have news of two more arrests by Clinton Public Safety, made Friday.
30-year-old Christy Dodgens and 32-year-old Timothy Joseph McKinney, both of 15150 Highway 221, Enoree, were charged with Criminal Conspiracy, 2nd Degree Burglary, Grand Larceny valued at $10,000 or more and with Damages from Unlawful Entry to obtain Metals.
Warrants allege that Christy Dodgens and Timothy McKinney conspired with each other, and with Dustin Scott Franklin Jr. and Kenneth McKinney, who were arrested earlier last week, to commit the crimes of Burglary and Larceny at 53 Commerce Avenue. This is off Highway 56 on the north side of its interchange with Interstate 26 in Clinton.
Detective Tyrone Goggins states that between January 1st and May 1st this year, Dodgens and McKinney entered into the Lanford Building at 53 Commerce Avenue without consent and with intent to commit the crime of larceny while inside.
After the entry without consent, they are accused of stealing items valued over $10,000. These items allegedly include, but not limited to, multiple types of wire stored in racks at the warehouse, batteries for heavy equipment, copper, tools and personal items.
They are also accused of causing damages estimated at over $5,000 by maliciously cutting wires connected to fixtures and by damaging the structure and fixtures during the process. Warrants state that this crime was committed intentionally for the purpose of obtaining nonferrous metals, and occurred at 53 Commerce Avenue in Clinton.
Christy Dodgens and Timothy Joseph McKinney remained in the Laurens County Detention Center this morning with cash or surety bonds totaling $17,500.
Of the two men arrested earlier last week for the alleged Burglary and Grand Larceny on Commerce Avenue, one was also charged with a Burglary and theft of wiring from another building on East Florida Street.
Couple Charged with Gambling House
Friday, August 3, 2018
A husband and wife have been charged with Operating a Gambling House at their Laurens business. Laurens City Police arrested 38-year-old Nileshkumar Patel Wednesday, and his wife, 37-year-old Ranjanben P. Patel, on Thursday. They reside at 495 Pinehaven Street Extension, Laurens.
Both have been charged with Operating a Gambling House and Unlawful Possession of Gambling Equipment at the Harvest Market on Greenwood Road. Warrants, citing an investigation by Detective Doug Jones, state that the Patels possessed and operated a Fish-Arcade Video Game that allowed players to gamble in hopes of winning a monetary prize, and that the Patels were operating the illegal gambling machine in the Harvest Market on Greenwood Road on Wednesday, August 1st. Currency was allegedly being paid to players for winning credits on the machine. They allegedly allowed multiple players to loiter and congregate while waiting to play the illegal gaming device.
Mr. Patel remained in custody this morning with bonds set totaling $10,000. Mrs. Patel was being held overnight, awaiting her bond hearing.