The Laurens County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a Bramlett Church Road residence at 9:25 Wednesday night after resident sitting in the living room heard a loud noise and went to the back of the house to see the windows broken from a door. A woman watched as a man reached through the broken window panes to unlock the door. Unable to get in because of a latch, he fled on foot. Sheriff’s Sgt. Matt Veal found a Chevy S-10 pickup stuck in the ditch nearby. Televisions and burglary tools were reportedly found in the bed of the truck. SLED was called in with helicopter and bloodhounds after the sound of someone in the nearby woods. Thus began a night of searching that ended with the arrest around 5 am yesterday of 46-year-old Tony Scott Cooper Sr., also reportedly known as “White Boy.” Cooper had an address in Elgin, South Carolina but was booked with an address at 457 Old Boiling Springs Road, Spartanburg. Tony Cooper Sr. was served with eleven warrants yesterday, with charges including 1st Degree Burglary for a home burglary on Bramlett Church Road. Other charges included three charges of Breaking into a Motor Vehicle, three charges of Grand Larceny, one charge of Petit Larceny and three charges of Malicious Damage to property. Those charges cite break-ins and thefts on Bramlett Church Road, Beaverdam Church Road and Wallace Lodge Road in the Gray Court mailing area, and thefts including an MG Midget and a Harley Davidson motorcycle.
Reports are that perhaps another 10 or so warrants are still being developed for more charges on Tony Scott Cooper Sr. He remains in the Johnson Detention Center.