An alert citizen’s call about suspicious activity in the Farmington community of Oconee County led to the quick arrest of two suspects and the recovery of a four-wheeler, an Oconee County Sheriff’s Office spokesman said.
“Thanks to the call and the quick actions of the deputies, the four-wheeler was recovered before the victim even knew it was missing,” Chief Deputy Lee Weems said. The suspects have not been linked to the thefts of any other four-wheelers in the area, Sheriff Scott Berry said Monday.
Oconee County residents Christopher Latrellis Dorsey, 19, of Old Salem Road, and Marcus Anthony Eidson, 21, of Old Bishop Road, each are charged with theft of a motor vehicle, damage to property and arson.
Dorsey and Eidson allegedly took the four-wheeler early Thursday from a location on Old Macon Highway in Bishop, to a location on Old Salem Road where they stripped all of the yellow plastic parts off of it and replaced them with red plastic parts from a broken-down four-wheeler they already had, deputies said. They set fire to yellow plastic parts, according to a sheriff’s office report.
Deputies were alerted to the theft shortly before 7 a.m. Thursday when a witness saw them on Old Salem Road and called the sheriff’s office, according to the report. When deputies arrived, they found the four-wheeler and the fire, but the two men had left, according to the report.
The deputies were able to develop information identifying the two suspects, who were later located at Oconee County Middle School where they were taken into custody. Dorsey had done a landscaping job at the school on Wednesday and returned there Thursday with Eidson to complete the job. Both men were arrested at the school without incident, according to a school official.
Neither of the suspects is employed by the school system.