By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer
(Walhalla, SC)————————————-The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested two men, one from Salem and one from the state of Georgia, yesterday on Grand Larceny charges in two separate cases.
In the first case, 28 year old Charles Johnathan Sanders of Crestwood Drive in Salem was booked into the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office around 5:38pm. Besides the Grand Larceny warrant, Sanders was also charged with one count each of First Degree Burglary and Safecracking.
A deputy from the Uniform Patrol Division responded to an address on Burnt Tanyard Road in regards to reports of a burglary. The deputy spoke to the complainant regarding entry that was made to a dwelling house on the property in which a firearm and a safe that contained money was stolen. The value of the items that were taken, including the money in the safe, was around $2,430.00. The incident scene was processed for evidence and the case was turned over to the Criminal Investigations Division.
As the investigation continued, investigators were able to determine that Sanders broke into the residence on March 14th and took the safe and the firearm. Sanders is also accused of the breaking into the safe as well.
The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is continuing their investigation into the case.
As of Noon today, Sanders remains in custody at the Detention Center pending a bond hearing.
In the second case that dates back to 2004, 54 year old Cody Edward Vaughn of Wilson Street East in Douglas, GA was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 9:51pm.
Vaughn was brought in via a prisoner transport. The Sheriff’s Office placed a hold on Vaughn with authorities in Coffee County, GA, which is in southern Georgia near Tifton. At the time of the incident, Vaughn’s reported address was in Ocala, Florida.
Back on November 9th, 2004, deputies responded to an address on Powell Street on the Utica Mill Hill. Vaughn had been a roommate of the victim in the case. The victim told the deputy that Vaughn had moved out and had taken some of the victim’s items without the victim’s permission.
Among the items taken were a moped, electronic items and clothing. The total amount of the items taken was around $3,801.00.
Based upon the evidence obtained in the case, an arrest warrant on charges of Grand Larceny was obtained against Vaughn.
As of Noon today, Vaughn remains in custody at the Detention Center awaiting a bond hearing.