Police identify suspect in theft caught on video

PICKENS — After the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office received numerous tips from the public, an arrest warrant was issued last week for a man suspected of stealing a package from the porch of a home in Easley on Dec. 15.

According to a news release from sheriff’s office chief deputy Creed Hashe, a magistrate issued a warrant Dec. 22 for Anthony Ray Tuggle, 39, of 220 Groce Road in Greenville, on an enhanced charge of simple larceny. The enhanced charge came as a result of prior convictions for theft-related incidents.

Tuggle, who had not been arrested as of press time Tuesday, is currently out on bond following an arrest earlier this year on a second-degree burglary charge, Hashe said.

The sheriff’s office had issued a news release the day before the warrant was issued asking for the public’s help identifying a man caught on camera stealing a package.

A home security system captured video of a man in a white van parking at a home on Edgewood Road on the afternoon of Dec. 15, and taking a package that had been delivered to the front porch of the home by the U.S. Postal Service earlier that day.

“The quick response from members of our community in coming forward with helpful information speaks to the positive changes that are occurring daily in our neighborhoods in Pickens County,” sheriff Rick Clark said. “Residents have pulled together to work with law enforcement to rid our county of those that refuse to respect others and continue to steal from the hardworking person that is trying to provide for his or her own family.

“We cannot thank the public enough for their support and their continued trust to work with us in our goal to not allow Pickens County to become as crime-ridden as other areas within our state.”