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Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Charge Two Men with Theft of Loader and Trailer

James William Green

Matthew Kevin Bowen

(Walhalla, SC)--------------------------------------An investigation into the theft of a Bobcat Loader and an Interstate Trailer, with a combined value of $73,000, has led Investigators from the Criminal Investigations Division of the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office to charge two men in the case with one count each of Grand Larceny.

25 year old James William Green and 26 year old Matthew Kevin Bowen were arrested late last week at two separate locations. Green was arrested after a warrant service at an address on Cottontail Drive in Westminster last Friday evening. Bowen was arrested earlier in the afternoon last Friday at an address on N. Little River Road.

The Bobcat Loader and Interstate brand trailer were reported stolen to the Sheriff’s Office on November 30th from an address on West-Oak Highway.

Green has also been charged additionally by Investigators with charges related to other property crime investigations. According to arrest warrants, Green has been charged with one count of Second Degree Burglary and Petit Larceny for breaking into a home on Riggins Drive in Salem during the fall of this year and stealing items inside.

An arrest warrant obtained by Investigators charge Green with an additional count of Petit Larceny, in a separate investigation, after Green stolen a W800 Game Camera Bundle from an address on S. Davis Drive in Fair Play sometime on or about November 28th.

Green has also been charged with one count of Receiving Stolen Goods for having in his possession a stolen white 2020 Kawasaki Ninja that had been repainted black and blue. Investigators discovered this motorcycle at a residence on N. Davis Drive in Fair Play on November 24th. The bike had been reported stolen from Asheville, North Carolina.

Investigators also obtained an arrest warrant for Green on a charge of Breach of Trust with Fraudulent Intent for Green receiving a silver and black 1998 Mercury Tracer and using the property for his own use with the intent of depriving the owner of the property on November 25th.

Finally, both Green and Bowen were charged with one count each of Trespassing when both individuals entered a property, which was properly posted No Trespassing, on Mill Place Drive and Piedmont Nursery Road in Tamassee on December 2nd.

Bowen was given a combined $11,087.50 personal recognizance bond on his two charges by the Sheriff’s Office. He remains in custody at the Detention Center on four Magistrate Bench Warrants.

Green also remains in custody, at this time, at the Detention Center. He received a combined $52,125.00 surety bond on the charges related to the burglary and larceny investigation on Riggins Drive. Green received a combined $24,715.00 personal recognizance bond on the remaining charges from the Sheriff’s Office.

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

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