Jonathan Allen Finney
By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer
(Walhalla, SC)————————————-The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office has made an arrest of a man from the Tamassee area on multiple charges, including Burglary and Larceny. Two of the locations where the reported burglaries and larcenies took place involve Oconee County churches.
31 year old Jonathan Allen Finney of 436 Maple Circle in Tamasseee was arrested on August 28th. A total of 14 arrest warrants have been issued by investigators against Finney on charges which include 3 counts of First Degree Burglary, 3 counts of Grand Larceny, 4 counts of Second Degree Burglary, 3 counts of Petty Larceny, and Safecracking. According to warrants, the incidents occurred at various times during the months of June, July, and August, and investigators say that the burglaries occurred in an area that stretched from Tamassee to the Fairview community to the Return Church community. The victims included Return Baptist Church and Fairview Southern Methodist Church.
According to warrants, Finney broke into a dwelling at 131 Whitewater Farm Road in Tamassee twice, once between June 7th and June 18th of this year, in which Finney is accused of stealing a firearm, jewelry and other property and “while entering, inside or upon immediate flight was armed with a deadly weapon.” Finney is also accused of breaking into the same dwelling on Whitewater Farm Road again on July 29th, stealing firearms, jewelry and other property, once again armed with a deadly weapon.
Finney is also accused according to warrants of breaking into two separate residences on McMahan Road in the West Union area. The first occurrence happened at 158 McMahan Road on July 28th, where Finney is accused of stealing jewelry, money, medication, and other items. Finney also broking into a home at 207 McMahan Road sometime between August 3rd and August 10th, where he carried away a firearm and other items and once again was armed.
Finney, according to warrants, also broke into two locations on Return Church Road in Seneca. One of those locations was Return Baptist Church at 733 Return Church Road sometime between August 18th and August 19th, where Finney took $425.00 in cash belonging to the church. The second location that Finney is accused of breaking into was a residence on Return Church Road.
The break-in at Fairview Southern Methodist Church at 331 Ebenezer Road in the West Union occurred sometime between August 4th and August 11th. Finney reportedly, according to warrants, stole less than $2,000 from the church while also breaking into the safe at the church.
Investigators have recovered jewelry and guns that were stolen in the burglaries.
As of the issuance of this press release, Mr. Finney remains at the Oconee County Detention Center, as no bond has been set on the three First Degree Burglary charges. On the four Second Degree burglary charges, the combined surety bond amount is $52,000. On the three charges of Grand Larceny, the combined surety bond amount is $40,000. On the three charges of Petty Larceny, the combined surety bond amount is $14,000. On the charge of safecracking, the surety bond amount is $10,000.
The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is continuing their investigation.
Finney pled guilty in May of 2014 to one count of First Degree Burglary and one county of Petit Larceny. Finney was sentenced to twenty years in prison on the First Degree Burglary charge, which was suspended to sixteen years in prison and five years probation. Finney was given credit for 275 days time served. Finney was sentenced to thirty days in prison on the Petit Larceny charge and was given credit for thirty days time served.