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Man Charged With Falsely Obtaining Over $7,000 Worth Of Merchandise

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Oconee County Sheriff's investigators arrested and charged a man with taking over $7,000 worth of property from four businesses in the county. Oconee County Sheriff's investigators arrested and charged a man with taking over $7,000 worth of property from four businesses in the county.
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Oconee County Sheriff's investigators arrested and charged a man with taking over $7,000 worth of property from four businesses in the county.

Oconee County Sheriff's Office spokesman Jimmy Watt stated that Leamon Grant Phillips, 62, of Westminster, was charged with three counts of obtaining property under false pretenses and one count of shoplifting.

According to one warrant, Phillips went into the Ace Hardware on Sandifer Boulevard on July 26 and purchased a nail gun and air compressor valued at $350 on the account of another person. A copy of the report obtained from the sheriff's office states that Phillips went back into the business the next day and attempted to purchase some more items in the victim's name. However, the store employees became suspicious and contacted the victim and he told them that Phillips did not have the authority to purchase the items and was subsequently arrested.

A second warrant states that on July 27, Phillips purchased almost $2,500 in saws and trimmers from Powell Tractor in Westminster by using checks from a closed bank account. Just three days later, he allegedly went into Yoder's Building Supply in Fair Play, took two nail guns valued at over $500 and ran out of the store. He fled the scene in a car that was traced back to him after one of the store's employees managed to get his license plate number. 

The final warrant alleges that between July 30 and August 1, Phillips wrote five checks on a closed bank account to purchase over $4,300 worth of various lawn equipment from Oakway Tractor on West-Oak Highway in Westminster. According to the warrant, Phillips purchased six trimmers and four saws from the business. Three of the items were later purchased by a woman who alerted the business to the matter.

According to Watt, Phillips was taken into custody on Wednesday, one day after being released from the Oconee County Detention Center for the charges stemming from the incident at Tri-County Ace Hardware. He is still being held at the detention center on a $12,130 surety bond.  

  

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