Notorious North Augusta Irish Traveler Arrested
SPARTANBURG COUNTY, SC – On September 14, 2011 an 83 year old woman was the victim of two North Augusta Irish Travelers, Tommy Martin Riley and Phillip Michael O’Hara. These two men posed as flooring salesmen and conned their way into the victim’s home. While one of them blocked the victim’s view by showing her samples of linoleum and other type flooring the other suspect went into the victim’s bedroom and stole between $5000 - $10,000 worth of jewelry. Investigators began to look into this case and were soon able to identify these two individuals as suspects in this case.
Mr. Riley and Mr. O’Hara are known individuals to law enforcement agencies across the eastern United States. Investigators sent out information on these two individuals to precious metal purchasing companies across the country. On January 19, 2013 Tommy Martin Riley entered a business that purchases gold in Lexington, KY in an attempt to sell gold. The business was aware of Mr. Riley from the memo they had received from the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office and was able to stall Mr. Riley long enough for local law enforcement to arrive and take him into custody. Investigators from the Sheriff’s Office are bringing Mr. Riley back to Spartanburg County. He is expected to arrive at the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office Detention Center sometime overnight.
Mr. Phillip Michael O’Hara still has outstanding warrants for his arrest in Spartanburg County on charges of Burglary 2nd Degree and Grand Larceny. If anyone has any information about where Mr. Phillip Michael O’Hara can be located they are asked to call CrimeStoppers at 1.888.CRIME.SC.
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