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Home  |  News  |  FOUR MEN ARRESTED IN ROBBERY AT PRECIOUS METALS BUSINESS

FOUR MEN ARRESTED IN ROBBERY AT PRECIOUS METALS BUSINESS
Tuesday, July 10, 2012

 
LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC - Lexington County Sheriff’s Department detectives arrested a 33-year-old Columbia man, 25-year-old Irmo man, 30-year-old Lexington man and 38-year-old Irmo man on arrest warrants in connection with an armed robbery that occurred on June 19 at a precious metals business on Chapin Road near Chapin.

Lexington County Sheriff James R. Metts said detectives arrested William Christopher Brown, 33, of 210 Garden Path Lane, Columbia, on July 1 on arrest warrants on charges of armed robbery and criminal conspiracy. Brown was being held on Tuesday, July 10 at the Lexington County Detention Center while awaiting a bond hearing.

Detectives arrested Stephen Frederick Gottshall, 25, of 319 Chatteris Road, Irmo, on July 3 on an arrest warrant on a charge of accessory before the fact to a felony, Metts said. Gottshall was being held on Tuesday at the county Detention Center on a $20,000 bond.

Detectives in cooperation with the Irmo Police Department and Richland County Sheriff’s Department arrested Corey Lamar Stanton, 30, of 357 Timbermill Drive, Lexington, on July 2 on arrest warrants on one count of armed robbery, one count of possessing a weapon during the commission of a violent crime and two counts of criminal conspiracy, Metts said. Stanton was being held on Tuesday at the county Detention Center on bail totaling $240,000.

Detectives in cooperation with the Irmo Police Department and Richland County Sheriff’s Department arrested Henry Patrick Vesey, Jr., 38, of 100 Old Well Road, Irmo, on July 3 on arrest warrants on charges of attempted murder, armed robbery, criminal conspiracy and possessing a weapon during the commission of a violent crime, Metts said.

Vesey was being held on Tuesday at the county Detention Center while awaiting a bond hearing, Metts said.

Arrest warrants allege that at about 2:18 p.m. on June 19 Vesey, Stanton and Brown entered Golden Eagle Precious Metals Exchange at 403-A Chapin Road with the intent to commit an armed robbery, Metts said. The three men began conspiring on June 18 to commit the robbery.

Arrest warrants further allege that Vesey and Stanton possessed handguns at the time of the robbery, Metts said. Vesey fired his handgun at the owner of the business during the robbery.

An arrest warrant also alleges that Gottshall entered the business shortly before the robbery in order to determine how many employees were working at the business, Metts said. Gottshall told Vesey how many employees were working at the business before Vesey and Stanton entered the business with the intent to commit the robbery. Gottshall pretended to be a customer who wanted to know the value of an old coin that he wanted to exchange.

Detectives also arrested Stanton and Vesey on arrest warrants on charges of first-degree burglary and armed robbery in connection with a home invasion that Stanton and Vesey perpetrated on June 25 at a home on Sharon Church Road near Gaston, Metts said.

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