SCSO Announces Multiple Arrests

The Stephens County Sheriff’s Office said recently that three people now face charges in connection with reported thefts and burglaries in the Old Oak Valley Road area.

According to Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley, his office began investigating those reports last month.

Shirley said last week, his office arrested 27-year-old Lester Eugene Sullens of Toccoa and 28-year-old Jonathan Gerald Mason of Toccoa.

Sullens and Mason have each been charged with one count of Burglary.  Sullens also faces three charges of Theft by Taking and one count of Obstruction of Law Enforcement Officers, while Mason has been charged with one count of Theft by Taking.

Meanwhile, he said warrants have also been issued for 26-year-old Ashley Marie Williams of Toccoa.

Williams faces charges of three counts of Theft by Taking.

In addition, Williams faces charges of Giving False Statements and Hindering Apprehension.

Shirley said the hindering charge comes from allegedly helping Sullens try to elude authorities.

“Sullens was hiding under a mattress in the bedroom,” said Shirley.

As of last report, Sullens and Mason remained in the Stephens County Jail with no bond, while Williams remained at large.

Elsewhere, an Eastanollee man faces a Theft by Taking charge in connection to an alleged theft to earlier this month.

Shirley said 19-year-old Joshua Brent Wilbanks was arrested in connection with a theft on Tatum Street on October 5.

“(He) was charged for taking a motorcycle,” said Shirley.  “He was actually seen leaving with the motorcycle.  It has been recovered.”

Shirley said Wilbanks has been released on bond.

Finally, a traffic stop by Stephens County deputies on October 15 led to the arrest of 51-year-old Clinton Lee Parson of Toccoa for Possession of Methamphetamine.

At last report, Parson remained in the Stephens County Jail awaiting a bond hearing.