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Two Gaston Men Stopped for Reckless Driving now Sought for Burglary

web posted August 28, 2014

TRENTON   In another case of deputies being in the right place at the right time, an Augusta Road woman called 911 to report someone knocking at her door around 4:30 Tuesday afternoon, but she refused to open the door. The woman said the white male dressed in "very dirty clothes" outside the door began yelling profanities and then left the house with another white male in a white SUV and she wanted to make a report.

A deputy near the scene spotted a Nissan Xterra driving reckless and striking a speed limit sign and made a traffic stop on the vehicle. The driver and passenger were identified as Scotty Jay Heflin, 28, and Clenord James Graham, 30, both of Gaston, South Carolina. The woman who filed the complaint was asked to come to the location of the traffic stop at a nearby truck stop and identified Graham as the man who came to her door. The deputy assured her both men would be placed and a trespass notice for her property and she departed.

The South Carolina Highway Patrol was called to handle the collision of the SUV and the road sign.

A short time later another nearby resident called to report going inside his home around 2:30 to take a nap and was awoken by the "sound of squealing tires" around 4:30 and described the same SUV that had been stopped by the deputy. The man told the deputy that he saw a deputy pull over the SUV at the nearby store.

It wasn't until an hour later that the man went outside to check on his shed and found the doors had been forced open and several tools had been stolen. The man listed an orange and white Sthil hand held blower valued at $300, two orange and white 16" chainsaws valued at $600, and a blue Delta "Chop Saw" valued at $300 were missing.

The traffic stop on the SUV by the deputy and the Trooper had already been completed and the men were allowed to continue on their way. That is when the deputy taking the call on the burglary spoke to the deputy making the traffic stop and informed him of the missing items. The deputy making the stop confirmed that he saw those items in the back of the SUV he stopped.

Since the men were allowed to leave the area before the burglary was discovered, the case has been turned over to investigators.


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