Markell Donte Simmons, 19, 113 Broad St., Union, is charged by the Union Public Safety Department with receiving stolen goods while Jonvan Terrell Spears, 27, 543 Union Boulevard, Union, is charged with malicious damage. Simmons was already charged with grand larceny, burglary third-degree and malicious damage while Spears was already charged with grand larceny and burglary third-degree.
The two, along with Quiney Odeerius “Quinton” Simmons, 18, also of 113 Broad St., Union, and Jules Berkeley Rice Jr., 28, 400 Scott St., Union, have been arrested over the past two weeks for the break-in at the old Excelsior Middle School. The public safety department claims the four broke into the school causing $75,000 worth of damage and stealing $20,000 worth of copper wire and aluminum. The break-in was discovered March 2 by public safety officers and Union County Sheriff’s deputies investigating a broken window at the school.
Ouiney Simmons and Jules Rice are also charged with grand larceny, burglary third-degree and malicious damage.
Spears, Rice and Markell Simmons are also facing county charges.
A March 7 report states deputies determined three men had transported copper wire withouth receiving a permit from the sheriff’s office. It states deputies were able to locate records from a Spartanburg scrapyard which showed the three men transported the copper through the county to the scrapyard between Feb. 3 and March 2. The report identifies the three as Spears, Rice and Markell Simmons. Rice is charged with six counts of unlawful transport of nonferrous metals while Spears is charged with five counts and Markell Simmons with four.