UNION COUNTY — Two Gaffney men arrested on multiple charges growing out of a burglary that occurred Saturday morning in the Pacolet area of Union County are also being investigated for possible involvement in other burglaries.
In a statement released Monday, Union County Sheriff David Taylor announced the arrests of Jonathan Adam Sarratt, 31, 102 Shalimar Drive, Gaffney, and Shane Gregory Wilkie, 22, 365 Wilkie Road, Gaffney.
Taylor said that the incident that lead to Sarratt and Wilkie’s arrests began on Saturday, December 9 at 8:53 a.m. when Deputy Reggie Ellison was patrolling on River Ridge Road in the Pacolet area of Union County. While checking the area, Taylor said that Ellison noticed a silver in color car backed in at a residence on River Ridge Road with the trunk open. He said that Ellison, who knew that there had been prior burglaries at the residence, pulled into the driveway to check the property.
When he exited the patrol car, Taylor said Ellison noticed the front door to the residence was open with a white male later identified as Sarratt looking out from it. The press release states that Sarratt then closed the door.
Taylor said that Ellison then got the tag number of the silver colored car and gave it to Union County Dispatch. He said that Ellison then heard a loud noise coming from the side of the residence and noticed Sarratt climbing out a window and running into the woods. Wilkie, Taylor said, also climbed out the window and ran into the woods.
Ellison yelled at Sarratt and Wilkie to stop, but Taylor said they didn’t and continued running in an effort to evade arrest.
Taylor said that dispatch then advised Ellison that the silver car he’d found at the residence was listed in NCIC as having been stolen out of York County.
Ellison remained at the scene and was joined by Cpl. Jamison Taylor and Sgt. Leon Lancaster who Sheriff Taylor said responded to the scene to assist in locating Sarratt and Wilkie. Sheriff Taylor said that he and other investigators and deputies from his office also responded to the scene along with deputies from the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office. He said a perimeter was established until bloodhounds could be brought in from York County to track Sarratt and Wilkie.
Taylor said that following their arrival, the bloodhounds tracked Sarratt and Wilkie for approximately 3.5 miles before both were apprehended.
Sarratt and Wilkie are charged by the Union County Sheriff’s Office with the following:
• Resisting Arrest
The warrant for Sarratt’s arrest for resisting arrest states that he failed to stop when ordered to do so by law enforcement and instead continued to run to evade arrest.
• Assault On A Police Officer
The warrant for Wilkie’s arrest for assault on a police officer states that not only did he fail to stop when ordered to do so by law enforcement and instead continue to run to evade arrest, but also fought with officers when they told him he was under arrest.
• Burglary (Non-Violent) Second-Degree
The warrants for Sarratt’s and Wilkie’s arrests for burglary (non-violent) second-degree state that they committed burglary when they entered the residence on Saturday during daytime with the intention of committing the crime.
• Petit Larceny $2,000 Or Less
The warrants for Sarratt’s and Wilkie’s arrests for petit larceny $2,000 or less state they committed petit larceny by taking and carrying away items belonging to the victim with the intent of depriving the owner of their use and value. The warrants also state that Sarratt and Wilkie have two or more priors for that offense.
• Possession Of A Stolen Vehicle
The warrants for Sarratt’s and Wilkie’s arrests for possession of a stolen vehicle state that they had in their possession a 1991 Lexus LS4 Sedan that had previously been reported stolen by the York County Sheriff’s Office. Sarratt’s warrant states that he had priors for that offense.
• Possession Of Implements Capable Of Being Used In A Crime
The warrants for Sarratt’s and Wilkie’s arrests for possession of implements capable of being used in a crime states they committed that crime by having the items used in the burglary at the River Ridge Road residence.
• Trafficking In Meth First Offense
The warrants for Sarratt’s and Wilkie’s arrests for trafficking in meth first offense states that they each had in their possession a quantity of a clear rock-like substance in multiple baggies with a field weight in excess of 28 grams but less than 100 grams.
• Possession Of Prescription Drugs
The warrants for Sarratt’s and Wilkie’s arrests for possession of prescription drugs states that they each had five round white tablets marked K3 in their possession without a proper prescription for it in their names.
• Possession Of Prescription Drugs
The warrants for Sarratt’s and Wilkie’s arrests for possession of prescription drugs states that they each had eight round orange tablets marked 5 in their possession without a proper prescription for it in their names.
• Possession Of Marijuana Less Than 28 Grams Second Offense
The warrants for Sarratt’s and Wilkie’s arrests for possession of marijuana less than 28 grams second offense states that each had a quantity of a green leafy substance in their possession. The warrants states that Sarratt and Wilkie have priors for that offense.
• Possession Of Crack Cocaine
Wilkie is also charged with possession of crack cocaine with the warrant for his arrest stating that he had in his possession an off-white rock-like substance.
Taylor said Tuesday that Sarratt and Wilkie were both denied bail and remain in custody at the Union County Jail. He said that his office is investigating Sarratt and Wilkie in connection with other burglaries in Union County. In addition, Taylor said that Sarratt and Wilkie will likely face charges in York County as well.