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Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Seeks the Public’s Help Regarding Vehicle Break-in and Theft

(Walhalla, SC)--------------------------------------The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help today in regards to an investigation into a vehicle break-in and theft that occurred in the southern part of Oconee County in late May of this year.

Deputies from the Uniform Patrol Bureau were dispatched to Hartwell State Park on S. Highway 11 near Fair Play during the evening hours of May 28th in regards to reports of a vehicle break-in and theft. Deputies made contact with the victims, who told the deputies that they parked their vehicle in the parking lot around 2:30pm that afternoon to go down to the lake.

When they returned at 6:30pm, they discovered their vehicle had been broken into and both of their wallets had been stolen. Among the items contained in the wallets were banking cards and credit cards.

Further investigation showed that several attempts were made to use one of the cards at the Walmart location on the Highway 28 by-pass in Anderson.

The case was turned over to the Criminal Investigations Bureau. Based upon evidence gathered, the Investigator made contact with a store employee at the Anderson Walmart location and obtained pictures of a black male who the Sheriff’s Office is attempting to identify in relation to the case. The male left the store in a dark in color newer SUV.

If you have any information regarding a vehicle break-in and theft that occurred on Saturday, May 28th, at Hartwell State Park on S. Highway 11, between the hours of 2:30pm and 6:30pm, or the identity of the black male in relation to the investigation, please contact the Criminal Investigations Division of the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office at 864-718-1052.

You can also leave a tip online with Crimestoppers at or by downloading the free P3 app on your smartphone.

You don’t have to give your name when you contact Crimestoppers and all information provided is confidential. If your tip leads to an arrest, you could be eligible for a cash reward.

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