Burglary and other charges have been filed against three persons arrested on Monday in connection with a recent break-in and other crimes at the old Fred's building located on Washington Road in McDuffie County, local authorities announced on Tuesday afternoon.
Three other persons, meanwhile, are being detained for questioning in the crime spree - two women and a man. The three suspects who were charged on Tuesday along with three "persons of interest" remained in the McDuffie County Law Enforcement Center in Thomson on Tuesday night.
McDuffie County Sheriff's Deputy Marc Coy is being credited with helping spark Monday afternoon's arrests of at least three of the suspects, according to Investigator Larry Adaway and Sgt. Mike Hobbs.
"The arrests were the result of a surveillance operation that had been ongoing by the McDuffie County Sheriff's Department for awhile at the old Fred's building, 1130 Washington Road," Investigator Adaway told reporters of The McDuffie Mirror and WTHO radio.
Sgt. Hobbs said three criminal incidents had occurred there during the past month. The first incident involved someone breaking out a glass window of the now defunct business. A second incident involved an electrical transformer on the property being broken into. The latest incident occurred about two weeks ago when Deputy Robert Hoffman encountered three of the same persons taken into custody on Monday, Sgt. Hobbs said.
Investigator Adaway said the six are suspected being linked to the burglary of at the old Fred's and the theft of copper wire from the property.
Warrants were sworn out Tuesday against Frank Evans Jr., of 1000 block of Spruce Street, Thomson; Bobby Lewis Sturkey, Jr., of the 3600 block of Wright-Reese Road, Warrenton; and Brian Keith Whitaker, of the 5700 block of Murray Avenue, Thomson, Investigator Adaway said. The three men each are charged with one count of burglary and one count of criminal damage to property.
Three other people - a man and two women - were being held Tuesday night as "persons of interest" for questioning, said Investigator Adaway.
Those three were taken into custody by Deputies Coy and Kerry Johnson, along with assistance from Lt. Scott Whittle of the Thomson Police Department, in the parking lot of a local doctor's office about 3 p.m. on Monday.