SCSO Announces Series of Arrests

The Stephens County Sheriff’s Office is announcing a series of arrests.

First, Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley said a Stephens County man has been arrested in connection to a reported theft at a Big A Road business.

Shirley said that the Sheriff’s Office was called to the business in connection to a reported incident of metal theft on Saturday.

The sheriff said deputies then followed up the next day and were able to make an arrest.

“This past Sunday afternoon, deputies were on routine patrol and observed an individual inside the fence loading scrap metal and as a result of the deputies’ investigation and the on-call investigator, they were able to arrest an individual for two counts of theft by taking,” said Shirley.

According to Shirley, 50-year-old Raymond Mack Sewell of Riverdale Road was arrested in connection with the case.

Elsewhere, the sheriff said his office has also been investigating a vehicle break-in at a West Currahee Street business.

The sheriff said that subjects broke into the vehicle on December 3.

“They had cut the wiring in it and were going to attempt to steal the van,” said Shirley.

The sheriff said information obtained by investigators led them to arrest 17-year-old Zack Brandon Burton of Cannon Road in Stephens County on Sunday and charge him with one count of entering auto. More arrests are expected in this case, said Shirley.

The investigations in both of these incidents are ongoing.

Elsewhere, the Stephens County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Toccoa man recently on drug charges.

Shirley said the arrest came when the Sheriff’s Office Drug Interdiction and Traffic Enforcement Unit stopped a man identified as 35-year-old Bradley Ragsdale of Toccoa while he was driving on Fowlertown Road.

“As a result of their stop, they recovered some prescription medication and they called in the NCIS team at that point,” said Shirley. “They did a search of his vehicle and found ¼ ounce of methamphetamine in addition to the 30 Lortabs that he had on him.”

Shirley said that deputies also found digital weighing scales.

According to the sheriff, Ragsdale was charged with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and Lortabs. He remained in jail without bond at last report.

Finally, the Stephens County Sheriff’s Office said it responded to a West Currahee Street business in response to a bad check report on Sunday.

Shirley said that a man allegedly entered the store twice and purchased merchandise with bad checks both times. The man was later found and caught after attempting to flee deputies on foot in the Leroy Street area of Toccoa.

The sheriff said that man, 43-year-old James Clifford Boyles of Demorest, is charged with two counts of felony forgery, two counts of deposit account fraud, one count of obstruction of an officer, and one count of theft by taking.

The sheriff said Boyles is also wanted in six other counties with more than 18 warrants pending in those other jurisdictions.