Richland County Sheriff James J. Bindl reports:
On 9-24-2019 Deputies from the Richland County Sheriff’s Department searched a home in the Village of Gotham after receiving information it may contain several stolen items from recent burglaries from Richland and Sauk Counties.
Sheriff’s Deputies traveled to an address of 28875 McNurlin St in the village of Gotham and spoke with the occupant there, who subsequently gave permission for a search to be done of his property. Sheriff’s Deputies recovered several items that have been reported stolen in recent weeks during the search, including chainsaws, power tools, battery operated tools and other items. While a deputy was still at the residence, another male subject pulled up in a vehicle. The male exited the vehicle and approached the residence, but tried to flee on foot after seeing the deputy. The male, identified as Bryce G. Mathews was quickly captured and detained. After a search, Mathews was found to have a drugs, drug paraphernalia and a handgun in his possession. Matthews, who is a convicted felon, was taken into custody and transported to the Richland County Jail on charges of resisting an officer, felon in possession of a handgun, possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia.
The occupant of the residence, 60 year old William C. Giddings, is charged with possession of stolen property and felony bail jumping.
Authorities continued their investigation and as a result have arrested a third individual, 24 year old Dakota L. Lins of Lone Rock. Lins is charged with theft, receiving stolen property and four counts of felony bail jumping. Both Giddings and Lins were booked into the Richland County Jail. All charges have been referred to the Richland County District Attorney’s Office. The recovered items are being processed as evidence.
Sheriff Bindl stated the arrests made and items recovered could potentially close seven cases of theft and burglary in Richland County. Sheriff Bindl reminds all area residents to lock their doors and secure their belongings at all times to deter criminal activity.