By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer
(Walhalla, SC)————————————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office filed additional charges yesterday against a Westminster man arrested early Wednesday morning after a traffic stop.
43 year old Matthew Blake Sosby was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 4:17am and charged with Possession of a Weapon by a Person Convicted of a Violent Felony and Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine. The arrest warrants obtained against Sosby on Wednesday list his address at Moore Hill Road while the new arrest warrants list Sosby’s address at Edgewater Drive.
A deputy from the Uniform Patrol Division initiated a traffic stop on a maroon Toyota Tacoma on E. Bennett Road and after receiving consent to search the vehicle, discovered a quantity of narcotics and two firearms. The deputy was notified by dispatch that Sosby was prohibited from possessing firearms the morning of the traffic stop.
Sosby was given a combined $75,000 surety bond and the Sheriff’s Office continued their investigation.
Sosby was also charged for a violation of his probation and was given a $25,000 surety bond on that charge.
As the investigation continued, it was determined that one of the firearms discovered as a result of the traffic stop, an antique brass flintlock pistol, was stolen. The pistol is valued at $4,000.
Based on that information, an investigator from the Criminal Investigations Division obtained an arrest warrant against Sosby on charges of Receiving Stolen Goods.
Meanwhile, investigators determined, based upon evidence obtained in a separate investigation by the Criminal Investigations Division that Sosby broke into a residence on Edgewater Drive in Westminster sometime between October 9th and October 16th of 2016.
Investigators also determined that Sosby carried away, according to arrest warrants, a multitude of firearms, including some collectible antique firearms, with a value of around $250,000.
Based upon that evidence, Sosby has been charged in arrest warrants by investigators with one count of First Degree Burglary and one count of Grand Larceny with a value of $10,000 or more.
The antique firearm discovered during the traffic stop belonged to the individual who residence was broken into on Edgewater Drive. So far, five of the firearms taken from the Edgewater Drive address have been recovered by investigators.
Sosby was denied bond on the three newest charges against him. A hold has also been placed on Sosby by the US Marshals Service.
The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is continuing their investigation.