Walhalla Man Charged In Shrine Club Theft - WSPA.com

Walhalla Man Charged In Shrine Club Theft

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WALHALLA, S.C. - The Oconee County Sheriff's Office arrested a man in the theft of a smoker from the Blue Ridge Shrine Club.

Joseph Ryan Jones, 30, of Walhalla is charged with third degree burglary and grand larceny after being arrested Wednesday. Deputies began their investigation after the smoker was reported missing from the club on Shrine Club Road on August 1.

An Oconee County Sheriff's deputy says he received a tip that a possible suspect car belonged to Jones. Deputies interviewed Jones, who said the smoker had been taken to Newry. 

Deputies say another tip led them to interview Jones again and he changed his story. He's also charged with providing false information to law enforcement.

Investigators believe Jones broke into the building at the Shrine Club and made off with the smoker sometime on July 21st. 

He was being held at the Oconee County Detention center as of late Thursday morning.

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