(Walhalla, SC)-------------------------------------A 25 year old Seneca man remains in jail today, on a combined $441,345.00 surety bond, after his arrest yesterday on multiple charges in relation to two separate investigations.
25 year old John Melvin Miller, Jr., of Sitton Mill Road, was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 1:52pm Tuesday. Miller, Jr. was taken into custody yesterday, at a hotel in Spartanburg County, by Agents from the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division. At the same location, Agents detained a 17 year old male on charges related to one of the investigations.
In one investigation, Miller, Jr. was charged with one count each of First Degree Burglary, Grand Larceny and Armed Robbery while armed with a Deadly Weapon for a crime that occurred on August 2nd of this year.
In the second incident that occurred last Wednesday, Miller, Jr. was charged with one count each of Failure to stop for a Blue Light, Reckless Driving, Driving under Suspension, Transporting Alcohol in a Vehicle with the Seal Broken, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon and Unlawful Carrying of a Pistol.
The Burglary, Grand Larceny and Armed Robbery charges against Miller, Jr. were obtained by an Investigator from the Criminal Investigations Bureau. According to the arrest warrants, Miller, Jr. was charged with breaking into a home at a separate residence on Sitton Mill Road, while armed with a gun, during the nighttime hours of August 2nd. During the course of the burglary, Miller, Jr. was charged with stealing over $100,000 in cash, two firearms and a safe.
Additionally, the Investigator created a Juvenile Referral Packet for the 17 year old on charges of First Degree Burglary, Grand Larceny and Armed Robbery armed with a Deadly Weapon in relation to the August 2nd crime. After the 17 year old was detained yesterday, he was transported to a Department of Juvenile Justice facility to await legal proceedings in Family Court.
The additional charges against Miller, Jr. were obtained after a Deputy from the Uniform Patrol Bureau attempted a traffic stop on a Chevrolet Camaro, being driven by Miller, Jr., after an Investigator observed Miller, Jr. speeding on Friendship Road on the afternoon of December 13th. Miller, Jr. failed to stop on Friendship Road and passed vehicles on a double yellow line while exceeding the posted speed limit.
For safety reasons, the Deputy terminated the pursuit. Later on, after receiving a tip, the vehicle that Miller, Jr. was driving was located at an address on Campbell Town Road. However, Miller, Jr. was not located at that time.
According to arrest warrants, Miller, Jr. was driving with a suspended license. A inventory search of the vehicle, before being towed, produced a bottle of Brandy that had an open seal as well as a firearm inside of the vehicle. Miller, Jr. is prohibited from possessing a firearm due to being a convicted felon, according to an arrest warrant.
After being booked into jail, Miller, Jr. was also served with two General Session Bench Warrants and one Magistrate Bench Warrant.
The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is continuing its investigation.