Two charged in theft ring


Pinyon

Creel

PICKENS COUNTY – Two Easley men remained behind bars Monday in connection with a multitude of vehicle break-ins in April and May.

Joshua Luke Pinyon, 22, of 109 West End Ave. in Easley, was arrested June 26 and charged with 16 counts of auto breaking, 12 counts of petit larceny, and one count of grand larceny.

Brandon Scott Creel, 28, of 101 Polly Drive in Easley, was arrested July 2 and charged with 16 counts of auto breaking, 12 counts of petit larceny and one count of grand larceny.

Pinyon’s total bond was set at $89,000 and Creel’s total bond was set at $77,000.

The break-ins occurred on Nine Times Road, East Preston McDaniel Road, Pleasant Grove Road, Pace Bridge Road, Nursery Road, Freeman Bridge Road, Mt. Bethel Road, Martin School Road and Newton Road between April 7 and May 12, according to the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office.

As reported to various media outlets in April and May, the Sheriff’s Office attempted to alert other potential victims within Pickens County that thieves appeared to be looking for specific targets of opportunity.

Utilizing “Intelligence Led Policing” tools implemented by Sheriff Rick Clark, detectives were able to more quickly identify the similarity in the items that were being stolen along with the common denominator that almost all vehicles were left unlocked.

Stolen items included seven handguns, a rifle, sunglasses, electronic items and pocketbooks.

“Our detectives followed every lead and piece of information throughout this investigation to catch these thieves,” Clark said. “Our progress in the use of new crime mapping tools and other intelligence software is starting to pay off. Technology does not always solve the case for us but it certainly helps us to visualize patterns of crime by highlighting similarities and patterns at a much faster pace than previous methods done by hand.”

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