GREENWOOD, SC – The Greenwood County Sheriff’s Office has formally charged three men in connection with a number of vehicle break-ins, including the theft of guns and ammunition from a Greenwood Police Department vehicle.
On Monday, police were dispatched to Georgetown Apartments when the men suspected for a large number of vehicle break-ins were spotted at the complex, according to Captain Ray Watson of the Greenwood County Sheriff’s Office. Watson said that, due to the fact that a number of weapons and ammunition were stolen, the SWAT team was called to respond to the scene.
Members of the SWAT team arrived and secured the area before a negotiator contacted the suspects and asked them to come out. The suspects were arrested without incident.
According to a report from the Sheriff’s Office, the items stolen from the 2007 Ford Explorer belonging to the Greenwood Police Department include a Glock GEN 4 model 22 .40 caliber pistol, a Remington 870 12 gauge shotgun, a DPMS AR-15 .223 caliber rifle, a bullet proof vest, approximately 2,000 rounds of ammunition (.223, .38 and .40 caliber), eight Glock magazines and eight AR-15 magazines among other items. The report states that the vehicle showed no signs of forced entry and appeared to have been left unlocked.
Jamaal Rashaad Byars, 20, of 785 Mount Lebanon Road in Donalds, was charged with eight counts of breaking into a motor vehicle and seven counts of petit larceny.
Antonio Citron Morton, 20, of 106 Barkwood Drive Apartment 114J in Greenwood, was charged with three counts of breaking into a motor vehicle, one count of grand larceny and one count of petit larceny.
Demarcus Reshard Henderson, 21, of 107 Rosenburg Street in Abbeville, was charged with one count of grand larceny and one count of breaking into a motor vehicle.
The three men appeared before Judge Ryan Johnson for a bond hearing at 3 p.m. on Tuesday in the Greenwood County Magistrate Court. Judge Johnson set the bond for Byars at $54,000 cash or surety. Judge Johnson set Morton’s bond at $80,000 cash or surety, while Henderson's bond was set at $5,000 cash or surety.
Captain Watson said that there could be more charges pending for all three men. They are scheduled to appear in General Sessions Court on December 7th at 9 a.m.