Police: Two men caught during theft

EASLEY — Two Pickens men were arrested last week after police say a witness saw them breaking into his neighbor’s storage building.

According to a news release from chief deputy Creed Hashe, an Easley resident called the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office at around 11 a.m. last Thursday as he was watching two men break into the storage building at a home on Poinsett Circle.

Hashe said deputies arrived on the scene within seven minutes, and following a short foot pursuit, both men were caught and arrested for the burglary to the storage building and the theft of multiple items. All of the stolen property was later recovered from a wooded area near the scene, Hashe said.

Zachary Earl Roach, 18, of Bethlehem Ridge Road, and Mark Gary Robinson, 26, of 107 C.H. Blair Drive, were each charged with third-degree burglary and simple larceny, according to warrants.

Roach also faces a charge of resisting arrest after “a physical struggle with deputies,” Hashe said, though no injuries were reported.

Among the items taken during the theft were a four-wheeler, a tiller, a gas can and miscellaneous hand tools, according to warrants, which claim the men removed a piece of plywood covering a window to gain access to the building.

“Once again, we see the results of the partnership that we currently enjoy with our communities,” Pickens County sheriff Rick Clark said. “The credit in this case of recognizing suspicious activity and notifying law enforcement must go to the local resident that was looking out for his neighbor.

“We have worked closely with the citizens in Pickens County so that they have been able to become stakeholders in taking back their neighborhoods from the thieves and the drug users that have supported their drug habits through stealing the hardworking man’s property.”

Roach and Robinson were still being held at the Pickens County Detention Tuesday on combined surety bonds of $7,500 and $5,000, respectively.