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Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Second Florida Resident in Vehicle Break-In Investigation


Shellmesha Lauqesha Peterson


(Walhalla, SC)————————————–A second Florida resident has been arrested and charged in relation to an ongoing vehicle break-in investigation after vehicles were broken into, and items stolen, from South Cove County Park back in October of this year.


25 year old Shellmesha Laquesha Peterson, who has listed addresses in Fort Lauderdale and Hollywood, FL, has been charged with four counts each of Breaking into a Motor Vehicle and Petit Larceny, plus, two counts of Financial Transaction Card Fraud.


Peterson was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 5:38pm on Saturday, November 19th. Peterson was transported from the York County Detention Center to the Oconee County Detention Center.


Back on November 4th, 30 year old Nyah Binghi Tafari Adderley, also of Fort Lauderdale, was booked into the Detention Center on four counts each of Breaking into a Motor Vehicle and Petit Larceny, as well as two counts of Financial Transaction Card Fraud, in relation to the same investigation.


After an investigation by the Criminal Investigations Bureau, an Investigator has charged Adderley and Peterson with breaking into four separate vehicles (a 2018 Subaru Outback, a 2019 Toyota Highlander, a 2015 Honda CRV and a 2010 Toyota Corolla) on October 15th of this year. The investigation began after deputies from the Uniform Patrol Bureau responded to the crime scenes.


In each instance, Adderley and Peterson were charged with stealing a purse from each vehicle and taking credit cards and other items. At two separate businesses, Adderley and Peterson used a victim’s credit card to obtain Visa Gift Cards. The value of one of the gifts cards was approximately $510.25 while the value of the other gift card was approximately $506.01.


Adderly was released from jail, on November 7th, after posting bond. At this time, Peterson remains in custody at the Oconee County Detention Center.


The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is continuing its investigation.

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