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Two suspects arrested for theft of golf carts / January 22, 2014

The Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office has arrested two North Carolina men in connection with the theft of golf cart batteries in the Boydton and Epps Fork areas.

Charged were Gregory Bassett, a 35-year-old male, and his brother, 40-year-old Rodney G. Bassett, both of Henderson, N.C. They were charged with grand larceny, conspiracy to commit larceny, and larceny with the intent to sell. All three charges are felonies.

The current charges are all tied to one incident, but the Sheriff’s Office indicated this week that additional charges are forthcoming. The two suspects could be tied to 24 separate reports involving the pilfering of golf cart batteries, extending from the Epps Fork area near Townsville Road, south of Clarksville, to Boydton. The first known theft took place during the last week of December. The most recent one occurred Sunday, Jan. 12.

Gregory Bassett is being held under no bond conditions and Rodney Bassett was released on a personal recognizance unsecured bond of $5,000. The next court date will be Feb. 27.

Throughout the investigation, the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office worked closely with North Carolina sheriff’s offices in Granville, Warren, and Vance counties. An MCSO spokesperson said, “This once again has truly been a combined effort of law enforcement to stop crimes in each county.”

In a separate matter, a second suspect, 24-year-old Tyrone C. Harris of Raleigh, N.C. was arrested for a breaking and entering that took place on December 31, 2013 near Highway 1 in South Hill.

Harris was arrested on Jan. 16 in Wake County, and he is currently being held in the Wake County Jail under no bond conditions, charged with felony breaking and entering.

The case remains under investigation by Investigator Rusty Callahan.


Commonwealth’s Attorney Nora Miller, on Jan. 15, secured a conviction against Derrick Lamont Hargrove for perjury. Hargrove, of Townsville, N.C., was originally convicted of second degree murder in the August 2011 death of Demetri Waller. The shooting death of Waller took place on Route 15 South near Clarksville.

Hargrove must now spend an additional year in prison at the end of his existing 20-year sentence for second degree murder.

Miller said she pursued the additional charge against Hargrove to send a message to defendants — tt is all too common for defendants to lie on the stand, believing there are no consequences for their actions, she said. “Virginia has an antiquated rule [about perjury],” said Miller. However she has successfully prosecuted several other perjury cases in the past few years.

The perjury occurred during a suppression hearing. While under oath, Hargrove testified that he was not in Virginia on the date of Waller’s death. In his subsequent trial Hargrove admitted, again under oath, to being in Virginia, but claimed to have not been involved in the shooting.

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