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OCSO Arrests Seneca Man on Additional Charges in Property Crime Investigation

Clinton Trey Whitworth

(Walhalla, SC)--------------------------------------An ongoing property crimes investigation from October of this year has led investigators to file nine additional charges against a Seneca man.

35 year old Clinton Trey Whitworth, of Wrangler Way, was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 4:19pm Wednesday on two counts each of Grand Larceny, Malicious Injury to Personal Property and Petit Larceny, plus, one count each of Breaking into a Motor Vehicle, Malicious Injury to Real Property and Unlawful Entry into Enclosed Places.

The investigation began on October 7th of this year after a deputy from the Uniform Patrol Division responded to a gated storage facility on High Falls Road near Waterfall Road. During the investigation, it was discovered that the entry had been made into the facility through a hole cut in the fence. Items were stolen from inside the gated facility and damage was caused to property as well.

Based upon evidence gathered during the investigation, arrest warrants were obtained against Whitworth and 32 year old Justin Dwain Harris. Investigators executed a warrant service on October 14th at the Wrangler Way address and placed Whitworth and Harris into custody. Both were booked into the Oconee County Detention Center on October 14th.

Whitworth was booked in on two counts of Receiving Stolen Goods while Harris was served two arrest warrants, one for Receiving Stolen Goods and one for Possession of a Stolen Vehicle. Whitworth was also charged by Investigators with one count of Resisting Arrest for attempting to flee his residence during the warrants service.

Also arrested during the warrants service in October was Whitworth’s wife, 44 year old Lisa Ann Whitworth, on a charged of Hindering Officers Serving a Warrant.She is accused of locking the front door of the residence to deny officer access to Clinton Whitworth, who had been placed under arrest and was attempting to escape from custody.

Clinton Whitworth was given a combined $15,000 surety bond on his three charges. He was released on bond and custody was then transferred to the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office, who had placed a hold on Whitworth. Whitworth was required to wear a GPS monitoring device as a condition of bond.

Harris was given a combined $10,000 surety bond on his two charges and released on bond. He is required to wear an electronic monitoring device, as a condition of bond.

Lisa Whitworth was released from the Detention Center on October 15th on a $3,000.00 personal recognizance bond.

The continuing investigation and evidence collected allowed Investigators to obtain additional arrest warrants, based on probable cause, against Whitworth. According to the arrest warrants, Whitworth is charged with stealing items, which included tools, electronic items, household and camping items. Whitworth is accused of causing damage to one trailer while also breaking into a camper on the property. Whitworth also stole a 2003 Chevrolet Tahoe, valued at approximately $4,000.00, and used the Tahoe to crash the main entry gate to the facility, causing damage to the Tahoe as well as the motorized gate. Whitworth also stole a black 6x10 single axle enclosed trailer that contained a variety of lawn equipment. The value of the trailer and lawn equipment was approximately $16,000.00 dollars.

The stolen Tahoe was recovered by the South Carolina Highway Patrol north of the Salem area on October 10th and was turned over to the Sheriff’s Office.

According to investigators, Whitworth was arrested at the Wrangler Way residence yesterday and booked into the Detention Center. At this time, Whitworth remains in custody on a combined $75,444.00 surety bond.

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