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OCSO Arrests Two Salem Men on Multiple Charges after Multiple Incident Investigation

Tyler Steven Hermann

Chandler Dillon Langley

(Walhalla, SC)--------------------------------------The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested two Salem men after a pursuit yesterday which stemmed from an investigation into a stolen four wheeler from North Carolina as well as a warrants service.

21 year old Chandler Dillon Langley and 21 year old Tyler Steven Hermann were booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 6:27pm and 6:35pm respectively yesterday.

Investigators from the Criminal Investigations Bureau responded mid-morning yesterday to the Salem area in attempts to located Langley in regards to reports of a stolen four-wheeler from Cashiers, NC that Langley was reportedly in possession of here in Oconee County. Langley also had outstanding arrest warrants related to separate Sheriff’s Office investigations.

Investigators also learned that Langley may be in the company of Hermann. While Investigators were on routine patrol on Highway 11, they observed Langley and Hermann operating a four wheeler on Highway 11 that matched the description of the one reported stolen from Cashiers.

Investigators attempted to stop the four wheeler but the driver, Langley, did not pull over. While Investigators were in pursuit, the four-wheeler crossed over Highway 11 near Cross Creek Road, went up an embankment and became disabled. Both Langley and Hermann, who was the passenger, ran from Investigators.

Two K-9 officers responded to the scene to help with the search for Langley and Hermann. Investigators were able to confirm that the four-wheeler that Langley was driving, a green 2002 Yamaha Kodiak, was the stolen four wheeler. The owner of the four-wheeler responded to take possession of his property.

While the investigation continued, Investigators were also notified of a reported crime at a business on N. Highway 11 that occurred before Investigator arrived to the Salem area yesterday. Investigators responded to the scene to begin an investigation, and based on evidence gathered, determined that Langley had drove off in a Polaris ATV and then crashed it into a gate, where it was abandoned. Langley and Hermann did break into a truck on the business property, stole items from inside the truck, as well as other items that belonged to the business.

Evidence in the crime that occurred at the business on N. Highway 11 was recovered by Investigators at the scene of where the stolen four-wheeler was abandoned.

Both Langley and Hermann were located in the Salem area yesterday afternoon and were transported to the Oconee County Detention Center, where they remain in custody at the this time pending a bond hearing.

In relation to the two separate investigations from Wednesday, Langley has been charged with two counts of Resisting Arrest as well as one count each of Grand Larceny, Breaking into a Motor Vehicle, Petit Larceny, Possession of Implements Capable of Being Used in a Crime, Malicious Injury to Property and Receiving Stolen Goods.

In regards to the crime at the business on N. Highway 11 yesterday, Hermann has been charged with one count each of Grand Larceny, Breaking into a Motor Vehicle, Petit Larceny, Possession of Implements Capable of Being Used in a Crime and Malicious Injury to Property.

Langley was also charged today by an Investigator with Malicious Injury to Property in relation to an incident that occurred in May of this year, Whitewater Falls Road, in which Langley is accused of removing a panel of sheet metal and cutting out insulation to gain access to a building on the property.

The outstanding arrest warrants against Langley involve three separate investigations. Langley was charged with one count each of Failure to Stop for a Blue Light, Reckless Driving, Driving on the Wrong Side of the Road, Disregarding a Stop Sign and Driving without a License in regards to a pursuit that occurred with a Deputy from the Uniform Patrol Division during the late evening hours of April 11th, 2022 in the Salem area.

Langley also had an outstanding arrest warrant on a charge of Grand Larceny in relation to the theft on April 1st of this year of a blue 2016 Kawasaki Motorcycle from an address on Tiger Terrace Drive near Seneca. The motorcycle was valued at approximately $3,500.

Langley was also charged earlier this year with Receiving Stolen Goods in relation to an incident that occurred in November of 2021 in which Langley was in possession of a stolen Orange Kubota side by side ATV.

Langley also had an outstanding Magistrates Bench Warrant.

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

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