Stacking the Charges

Three Arrested in Old Dunlop Plant Burglary

Stacie Bartro
February 19, 2020 - 9:52 am
More charges against Petaccio and Harden; burglarized old Dunlop plant in Westminster

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Two men arrested for burglarizing the old Dunlop building in Westminster are now facing more charges.

According to a press release, Richard Timothy Petaccio has a total of 25 charges against him including second degree burglary, grand larceny, drug trafficking and others.  

Bond is set at $138,000. 

Richard Timothy Petaccio
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Joshua Martin Harden also received more charges and his bond is set at $40,000. 

Joshua Martin Harden
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Both were arrested February 1st and are being held at the Oconee County Detention Center.


A third man involved with the crime was arrested February 6th but a day later, Brady Keith Ellenburg was released on his own recognizance.

Brady Keith Ellenburg
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The Oconee County Sheriff's Office continues their investigation.

Official Press Release from the OCSO below:  

(Seneca, SC)---The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office has filed additional charges against two Oconee County men who were arrested on February 1st after officers responded to reports of a burglary at the old Dunlop plant near Westminster.

Arrested that day were 44 year old Richard Timothy Petaccio of West Union and 39 year old Joshua Martin Harden of Seneca. 

Both remain in custody at the present time at the Oconee County Detention Center.

Petaccio was initially charged after his arrest on February 1st with two counts of Second Degree Burglary, one count of Grand Larceny, two counts of Malicious Injury to Property and one count of Possession of Tools Capable of Criminal Use, plus, Petaccio was charged additionally with one count of Trafficking in Methamphetamine as the result of the execution of a search warrant on a vehicle registered to Petaccio that was towed away from the old Dunlop plant on February 1st after Petaccio was taken into custody. 

Additional arrest warrants served on Petaccio last Thursday, February 13th that were obtained by the investigator in the case, based on evidence gathered, charges Petaccio with six additional counts each of Second Degree Burglary, Grand Larceny and Malicious Injury to Property.  The additional arrest warrants brings to 25 the total number of charges filed against Petaccio as a result of the investigation. 

Petaccio’s total combined surety bond on the 25 charges is $138,000.

Harden was initially charged with one count each of Second Degree Burglary, Malicious Injury to Property and Possession of Tools Capable of Criminal Use after his arrest on February 1st. 

Additional arrest warrants obtained and served on Harden on February 13th charge him with one additional count each of Second Degree Burglary, Grand Larceny and Malicious Injury to Property. 

Harden’s total combined surety bond at this time stands at $40,000.

A third subject, 22 year old Brady Keith Ellenburg of Seneca, was arrested on February 6th and  charged in the investigation with two counts of Second Degree Burglary, two counts of Grand Larceny and two counts of Malicious Injury to Property. 

Ellenburg was released from the Oconee County Detention Center on February 7th on his own recognizance. 

The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is continuing their investigation. 

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