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A Dantzler Street man is facing a felony charge after he was found at a Boulevard Street business around 3:24 a.m. on Halloween, according to a police incident report.
William Thomas McPherson III, 28, of 1120 Dantzler Street, is facing one count of making/possessing tools/implements capable of being used in crime.
According to an incident report, a businessman activated a panic button at the business after making contact with McPherson.
When officers arrived, they saw McPherson sitting on the ground with the businessman standing over him.
The businessman said catalytic converters were cut out of multiple vehicles on multiple occasions.
The businessman stayed overnight at the business in hopes of catching the thief.
The report states that McPherson had a black UnderArmor backpack and green Nike drawstring backpack with him. Officers discovered in the Nike backpack a black apron, a T-shirt, sunglasses, a Dewalt reciprocating saw, Dewalt battery, Dewalt battery charger and four blades for the saw.
When officers asked McPherson where he was going, he said he was going to work at a local restaurant. It was not open at 3:24 a.m.
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An officer noted the items in McPherson’s backpack were, “consistent with those used during recent thefts where the subject had his face covered and a reciprocating saw was used to cut the catalytic converters from vehicles.”
Officers also placed McPherson on trespass notice for that location.
McPherson appeared before an Orangeburg municipal judge on Thursday. The judge set his bond at $5,000 cash or surety.
McPherson is currently out on bond for a forgery charge.
This past June, he pleaded guilty to first-offense third-degree burglary and unlawful neglect of a child.
In an unrelated report, a Jasper Street man called officers at noon Wednesday to report that someone stole his 2015 red Honda GROM motorcycle valued at $1,600.
A Norway man alleges that his brother-in-law struck him with a vehicle on Wednesday evening, according to a sheriff’s office incident report.
The man’s brother-in-law drove him to ATM machines in Norway and then Neeses to try to get some cash.
His brother-in-law demanded that the man pay him $25 for gas, the report said. When the man refused, the brother-in-law took him home.
The man said they engaged in verbal altercation and as he exited the vehicle, his brother-in-law allegedly “cut the wheel” and struck him with the vehicle.
Orangeburg County EMS transported the man to the Regional Medical Center for treatment.
The case remains under investigation.