Man detained for alleged shoplifting

A Graniteville man was detained for shoplifting after he allegedly stole from several stores, according to the Aiken Department of Public Safety.


Alvon Tony Bennett, 44, of Church Street, was placed in the Aiken County detention center, where he remained on Wednesday evening.


Officers were called to the 2400 block of Whiskey Road at about 3:30 p.m. on Monday and saw Bennett running toward Lowe’s and Hobby Lobby. The suspect tried to run from officers and was detained near Mundy’s Corner.


An employee of Sears in Aiken Mall told officers Bennett tried to take items from the store without paying and that he dropped several items believed to be stolen, according to the report. Several of the items appeared to be stolen from other stores.


Bennett allegedly took about $150 in items from Sears, about $75 in items from Walmart, $90 in items from Dillard’s, $24 in items from TJ Maxx, and several items from Old Navy. Bennett also had several items for which ownership could not be determined.


Bennett has nearly a dozen other shoplifting arrests on his record, according to the detention center website.


Men detained in connection to arson

Two Aiken men detained on arson charges are accused in multiple fires in Aiken County, according to the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office.


Johnny Settles, 32, was charged with three counts of third-degree arson. Jesse Green, 32, was charged with two counts of third-degree arson, disorderly conduct, a bench warrant for disorderly conduct, second-degree burglary and four counts of forgery. Settles and Green were each placed in the Aiken County detention center, where they remained on Wednesday evening.


Settles allegedly set fire to the bedroom of a home on Nov. 19, and, after fire crews responded and put it out, he set fire to it again in the living room, according to Capt. Eric Abdullah, a spokesman for the Sheriff’s Office. After it was put out, Settles came back the next day and set fire to another bedroom in the same home.


While Settles was in jail, Green started a fire at Settles’ home, Abdullah said. Firefighters later responded to another fire at that home.


Witnesses saw Green entering the home through a window before the fire, according to Abdullah. Green was later found and arrested for disorderly conduct because he was grossly intoxicated, police said. A hold was put on him for third-degree arson.


Abdullah said Green is a person of interest in two fires that occurred on Vista Drive. Additionally, while Green and Settles do know each other, investigators do not believe they worked together on the fires.