On Aug. 8, Greenwood County deputies went to a Weaghington Road residence where a man who had been away from home returned to find his front door open and his house ransacked, according to a report.
He told officers several items had been stolen, including a 12-gauge shotgun, automotive tools and a welder, among other things, the report said. A neighbor told the man they had seen someone at the house loading items into a green truck, and was able to give the intruder’s name.
Then, on Aug. 17, deputies went to a Highway 256 North residence where a man said his 2003 Harley Davidson motorcycle had been stolen, and he had been told by a tipster who stole the motorcycle, a report said. The person identified as the thief was the same person from the earlier case.
Officers went to the house the tipster had said the motorcycle was at, and two people there identified the man who drove the motorcycle there, but said they didn’t know he had stolen it, the report said.
The motorcycle’s tires had been changed, front turn signal lights and two front wheel spoke panels removed and the tag that had been on it was found burning in a fire pit, the report said.
Samuel Wallace Watts III, 39, of 908 Brown Town Road, Troy was arrested Thursday in connection with these reports and was charged with first-degree burglary, grand larceny of more than $2,000, possession of a weapon during a violent crime and receiving or possession of stolen goods, more than $1,000.