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Arrest Made in Merriwether Burglary, More Possible

web posted March 1, 2013

MERRIWETHER – The Edgefield County Sheriff's Office arrested Jamichael Andre Freeman, 27, on Wednesday for his part in the September 2012 burglary of a home on the 2200 block of Martintown Road. More than $50,000 in rare silver coins were stolen in addition to over a dozen weapons. Sheriff's Chief Investigator Randy Doran said some of the weapons have been recovered, though the majority is still unaccounted for.

Freeman, of Gloverville, SC, was arrested in Augusta, Georgia, about three weeks ago on a probation violation there. The Sheriff's Office was notified of his pending release and transported him back to Edgefield County to be booked into custody on charges of burglary in the first degree and grand larceny.

Three of the guns were recovered during an arrest, one was recovered during a raid in Bettis Academy and another was recovered in Aiken County since the burglary took place. "We even recovered two or three guns he (the owner) did not even know were missing," Inv. Doran said. "He had serial numbers for every gun he owns," which has aided the investigation.

The owner was out of town for the weekend and discovered the burglary when he returned on September 16, 2012. Inv. Doran said the investigation is ongoing and additional arrests are possible in connection to the crime.

Inv. Doran said over $50,000 in silver coins dating back to the 1800's have not been recovered at this time, however; they are working leads as to where they were possibly sold. "We have a pretty good idea where they went," Doran said.

Freeman has been held without bond pending a Circuit Court bond hearing due to the severity of the charges.

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