Neighbor’s help leads to arrest

Sherry Matthews Editor

September 26, 2013

It was the help of a neighbor, who spotted an individual trying to break into a Lyman Road residence on Sept. 23, that led to the eventual arrest of a Salemburg-area man on an attempted B&E charge

Marcus Donte Williams, 29, 80 Laurel Wood Lane, Salemburg, was taken into custody around 3 p.m. Wednesday and charged with attempted breaking and entering, a felony.

Sheriff’s Cpl. Marcus Smith said it was the alert neighbor that precipitated the investigation.

“A neighbor saw an individual trying to break into the residence and called us. The suspect fled, but when deputies arrived they noticed that there were pry marks on the door of the residence. The owner said those marks had not been there.”

Smith said the investigation was opened and eventually led officers to Williams.

“This is a good example of how important neighbors can be,” Smith said, reiterating comments often made by Sheriff Jimmy Thornton, who always implores residents in area communities to look out for one another.

“Having neighbors who are observant certainly helps,” Smith stressed. “Who better to know who lives in a residence, what cars belong there and what is going on than a neighbor. They can spot something suspicious, just like this person did. It was a neighbor paying attention that helps in this case.”

Williams was taken to the Sampson County Detention Center and placed under a $20,000 bond, with a first appearance in District Court set for Friday.

He remained in jail Thursday afternoon.