UNION COUNTY — When they are released from the Kershaw County Jail where they are currently being held on drug trafficking charges two men will not gain their freedom but will instead be facing incarceration in both the Union County and Newberry County jails for burglaries in both counties.
In a statement released Monday, Union County Sheriff David Taylor announced that Trevor Dee Wilson, 21, 5009 Cabol Road, Sharon, and Neil Trammell, 28, 222 Old Buncombe Road, Union, are each charged by his office with one count of burglary and one count of grand larceny. Taylor said that the two are being charged with breaking into a business at 1121 Delta Farm Road on June 6. He said that Wilson and Trammell entered several buildings on the property and stole items valued at more than $10,000.
The incident report filed in the case states that the complainant told the responding deputy that sometime between 5:15 p.m. June 5 and 6 a.m. June 6, someone cut several locks off the buildings and a gas drum. The report states the complainant said that suspect also damaged the outside Coke drink machine to get the change box out of it. It states the victim said the following items were missing from two work trucks that were inside of a locked building:
• Two Milwaukee Porta Ban deep cut saws.
• Four 1 1/2 inch die grinders.
• Two 1/2 inch electric drills.
• Six Dewalt 4 inch side grinders.
• One 1/4 X 3/8 X 1/2 combination tool set.
• Two tap and die sets.
• One Milwaukee saws all with extra blades.
• Twop Milwakee M18 Combo drill and screw gun with extra bits.
• One 3/4 drive socket set.
• Two 3/4 drill battery sets.
• One 1/2 inch air socket set.
• One 1/2 inch air impact wrench
• One face shield for cutting concrete.
• Cases of various types of oil: Spirax oil, chain and cable, starting fluids, 5-20 weight oil, and 10-30 weight oil.
• 30 gallons of gasoline.
Taylor said that the charges filed against Wilson and Trammell are the result of a June 23 search of Wilson’s home by law enforcement personnel with the Union County Sheriff’s Office, Chester County Sheriff’s Office, Newberry County Sheriff’s Office, and the Whitmire Police Department. He said that during the search of the premises, investigators with his office found evidence linking Wilson and Trammell to the burglary of the property on Delta Farm Road. As a result, Taylor said that warrants were subsequently signed for Wilson and Trammell’s arrest in connection with the June 6 break-in.
Taylor said Tuesday that during the search of Wilson’s residence, investigators were able to recover some of the items stolen in the June 6 burglary. He said this was the evidence that linked Trammell and Wilson to the break-in on Delta Farm Road and lead to them being charged.
In addition to the charges they are facing in Union County, Taylor said the Whitmire Police Department and the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office will also be charging Wilson and Trammell with burglary and grand larceny in their respective jurisdictions.
Wilson and Trammell are currently in custody in the Kershaw County Jail where Taylor said they are being held for trafficking drugs. Taylor said Tuesday that when they are released by Kershaw County, Trammell and Wilson will first go to Newberry County. He said that they are both wanted by Newberry County and Whitmire authorities for breaking into Roche’s Pharmacy and the Seapro Plant in Whitmire.
Taylor said that Wilson and Trammell will remain in jail in Newberry County unless they make bond. If they do, he said they will be taken into custody by deputies with his office and transported to the Union County Jail. If, however, they do not make bond, Taylor said they will remain in custody in Newberry County until their case there is heard after which it will be Union County’s turn to take them into custody and try them.
Taylor commended all the agencies involved for working together in the investigation.
“When you share information and work jointly, you can get guys like this off the street,” Taylor said.
While he was pleased with the cooperation between his office and the other law enforcement agencies, Taylor expressed frustration with Trammell’s being at-large to allegedly commit the crimes he is accused of committing despite previous arrests and convictions.
“It frustrates me when people like Neil Trammell are even on the streets,” Taylor said. “This arrest on Trammell is the seventh time he has been charged with burglary since 2005. He was given a ten-year sentence for burglary in August 2011 and he was released from prison June 2015. He was convicted of two burglary second-degree charges and grand larceny and only got ten years. On top of that, he only served four years and ten months, and then he is back on the streets of Union and Newberry stealing again.”
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.