Jonathan Mark Carter, age 41, of Heath Springs, has been charged with multiple recent property crimes in the Kershaw-Heath Springs area. He also faces drug charges arising from his arrest Tuesday, June 27, 2017, at his home.
On Saturday, June 24, 2017, just before noon, a deputy of the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to 6511 Beecher Horton Road in Heath Springs. The homeowner reported that her purse containing her driver’s license, debit cards, and cash was missing from her 2012 Honda Odyssey which had been parked in her yard. She had noticed headlights in her window about 12:30 a. m. About 9:30 Sunday morning the owner of Bryan’s Automotive at 1542 Kershaw Country Club Road, Kershaw, checked the business and noticed the front door had been forced open. He was missing change from a desk and a portable safe containing business documents and cash. At approximately 3:30 Sunday afternoon a deputy was dispatched to the Country Corner Store at 7162 Flat Rock Road, Kershaw. The store is not yet open for business. The owners came to the store and noticed pry marks on the front door. Entry was not made, and nothing was missing. Security surveillance footage showed a white male wearing a Coca Cola tank top, a Clemson ball cap, and a long glove on one hand arriving at the store in a dark car at 3:40 a. m. Saturday. The man remained at the store for approximately ten minutes and is shown attempting to pry open the front door. Bryan’s Automotive and the Country Corner Store are less than a mile from each other.
The Country Corner video contained good facial shots of the suspect, and the sheriff’s office posted them. A tip came in Monday identifying Carter as the person in the photos. An investigator was able to corroborate information about Carter that was consistent with the evidence in these cases, and a search warrant was obtained for his home on John Haile Road in Heath Springs and automobiles on the property. The search warrant was executed yesterday. The search resulted in the recovery of the Odyssey owner’s stolen purse and driver’s license; the safe, business documents, and cash from Bryan’s Automotive; and clothing items and tools consistent with those shown on the video from the County Corner Store. The safe had been broken open with a wood splitting maul. Sheriff’s office drug agents also found suspected crack cocaine and Schedule IV pills prescribed to someone other than Carter. Carter was present when the search occurred and was taken into custody.
Carter is charged with Autobreaking, Burglary Second Degree, Safecracking, and Attempted Burglary Second Degree. He is also charged with Possession of Crack Cocaine and two counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance. Bonds totaling $55,000.00 were set by the magistrate this morning. As of mid-afternoon today, Carter had not posted bond. If he does, he will be on house arrest with GPS monitoring. A photograph of Carter is attached.
“We encourage citizens to look at our Facebook page and read information we release to the media,” said Sheriff Barry Faile. “We regularly put out information seeking help from the public with cases we are investigating. In this case, a tip led us right to Carter’s front door. We acted quickly, solved several property crimes, recovered stolen property, and put Carter in jail. We are investigating other incidents in the area to see if Carter had a hand in them.”
Anyone with information about this or any other case should call the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office at 803-283-3388 or Crimestoppers at 888-CRIME-SC (888-274-6372) or email www.crimestopperssc.com.