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Deputies make new arrests in connection with Laurens Co. car theft investigation

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Robert Paul Maes (left) and Ricky Jay Owens, Jr. (right) (Source: LCSO) Robert Paul Maes (left) and Ricky Jay Owens, Jr. (right) (Source: LCSO)
William Elbert Blackwell Jr (left), Chad Dale Martin Jr. (center), Casey Brooke Milosek (right) (Source: LCSO) William Elbert Blackwell Jr (left), Chad Dale Martin Jr. (center), Casey Brooke Milosek (right) (Source: LCSO)
Vehicle being towed away (FOX Carolina/ June 8, 2017) Vehicle being towed away (FOX Carolina/ June 8, 2017)
Michael Alan Ford (left) and Jerry Wayne Johnson, Jr. (right) (Source: LCSO) Michael Alan Ford (left) and Jerry Wayne Johnson, Jr. (right) (Source: LCSO)
Bryan Dilleshaw (Source: Laurens Co. Detention) Bryan Dilleshaw (Source: Laurens Co. Detention)
GRAY COURT, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Deputies have made new arrests in connection with a car theft investigation in Laurens County.

Laurens County Sheriff Don Reynolds said a chase involving a suspicious vehicle ended in a crash along Geddy Road in Gray Court on the morning of June 8.

Deputies said while investigating a rise in burglaries and car thefts in northern Laurens County, a deputy on patrol spotted a 2000 Mercury Grand Marquis. When the deputy tried to initiate a traffic stop, he said the driver fled and a pursuit was initiated.

The chase, which lasted 12 miles, ended in a crash near Getty Road and Millrock Church Road around 10 a.m.

Deputies said a female passenger was detained but the male driver fled on foot. A bloodhound tracking team was called in and the team was able to apprehend the driver three hours later.

While apprehending the suspect, deputies said the located a 2010 burgundy Chevrolet Impala which had been reported stolen earlier in the week.

The incidents resulted in multiple arrests, according to deputies.

Reynolds said deputies were working to get everyone involved in the theft ring "a family reunion" at the county jail.

On June 9, deputies released the following identities of four men arrested in connection with the car theft ring:

  •  Michael Alan Ford of 101 Ridgecrest Dr., Fountain Inn, SC has been charged with Failure to stop for Blue Lights, Driving Under Suspension and Possession/Receiving Stolen Goods.

  • Jerry Wayne Johnson Jr., (a.k.a.-JR) of 664 Baynes Creek Road, Gray Court, SC, has been charged with Providing False Information to Police, Unlawful Possession of a Schedule IV Narcotic, Possession of Marijuana and Possession/Receiving Stolen Goods.

  • Ricky Jay Owens Jr., (a.k.a.-RJ) of 16 Mountain View Dr., Gray Court, SC, has been charged with Grand Larceny.

  • Robert Paul Maes, of 511 Miracle Drive, Laurens, SC, has been charged with Grand Larceny, Possession/Receiving Stolen Goods, Pointing and Presenting a Firearm, Unlawful carrying of a Firearm, Malicious Damage to Property, Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor and Possession of Methamphetamine.

Deputies said they also arrested 2 juveniles, ages 15 and 16. They were transported to the Department of Juvenile Justice.

From the arrests, deputies said they were able to recover a 2010 Chevrolet Impala, a 1995 Ford F-150 pickup truck stolen from Simpsonville, a 2016 Chevrolet Silverado, a 2011 Ford F-150 pickup truck, a 2000 Mercury Grand Marquis stolen from Simpsonville and a 2004 Suzuki F4 motorcycle.

All suspects, excluding the juveniles, were being held at the Laurens County Johnson Detention Center.

On June 14, deputies said they made more arrests in connection with the investigation. Deputies said the following arrests are "believed to be related to burglaries and a car theft ring in the northern part of Laurens County:

  • Chad Dale Martin Jr. of 110 Holland Street, Simpsonville, SC has been charged with (3) Counts of Possession/Receiving Stolen Goods, Value $10,000 or More.
  • Casey Brooke Milosek, 491 Thompson Road, Fountain Inn SC, has been charged with Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession/Receiving Stolen Goods, Criminal Conspiracy and Obstructing Justice.
  • William Elbert Blackwell Jr.,744 Chapman Road, Fountain Inn, SC, has been charged with (3) Counts of Possession/Receiving Stolen Goods, and Operating a chop shop.

On June 15, deputies arrested Bryan Eugene Dilleshaw for possession of stolen goods. On Friday, Dartagnan Pruitt and Kayla Dawn Armstrong were arrested and transported to the Laurens County Detention Center.

“I am very proud of my investigators and the deputies of this office," said Sheriff Don Reynolds. "They have worked both night and day for the past few weeks, trying to disrupt this crime ring. We will continue to arrest any and all individuals that may be associated with this group!”  

This investigation is ongoing and deputies say more arrests are possible.

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