Authorities from three counties, including McDuffie, have been involved of late in an investigation that has led to the arrest of a 19-year-old Lincolnton man on multiple theft charges.
Investigator Larry Adaway of the McDuffie County Sheriff's Department identified the suspect as Jamerson Trent McKinney, of Kelly Street, who was charged with five felony counts of theft by taking and one misdemeanor count of theft by taking.
Mr. McKinney was taken into custody by deputies with the Lincoln County Sheriff's Department and later transported to the McDuffie County Law Enforcement Center in Thomson. He was arrested Oct. 29.
He appeared before McDuffie County Chief Magistrate William Bryant Swan, Jr. where he was advised of the charges against him and of his rights. Bond was set at $24,000.
Investigator Adaway said the offenses against Mr. McKinney stem from a probe recently conducted into the theft of boats, boat trailers, golf carts and dock framing. Those thefts reportedly occurred between a two and four month period in the Raysville Community.
Specifically, Mr. McKinney reportedly stole two Pontoon trailers and metal dock framing from the Raysville Marina, located at 6558 Lincolnton Highway, Investigator Adaway said. The 20-foot Pontoon trailer is owned by Martha Smallwood. The other trailer, a 25-foot one, is owned by Raysville Marina. Both trailers were recovered from a metal recycling business in neighboring Wilkes County.
In addition, the suspect also is charged with the theft of a 20-foot boat trailer belonging to Steve Krome.
Investigator Adaway said it is possible that the suspect may be linked to other crimes in the Raysville Community, which have not been reported to authorities.
"During the thefts, Mr. McKinney is believed to have been driving a silver Chevrolet S-10 and possibly accompanied by a another male and female, in their late teens to mid-20s," Investigator Adaway said.
Authorities are asking that anyone who has been a crime victim in the Raysville Community in recent weeks and not reported such crime to call the McDuffie County Sheriff's Department at 706-595-2040.