Some of the loot recovered by sheriff detectives believed to have been stolen from the local school system.
Sheriff Office press release
After completion of an investigation regarding thefts from the Pickens County Board of Education, detectives from the Pickens Sheriff’s Office have arrested Larry Ledbetter, a long time maintenance technician and supervisor over janitorial staff.
Originally receiving a complaint that Ledbetter was doing outside work for individuals during work hours, school officials began investigating. Early into their investigation, it was determined that items were missing as well. At this time, Stacey Gilleland, the Director of Operations for the Board of Education, contacted the Sheriff Donnie Craig and a criminal investigation was launched.
When interviewed, Ledbetter confessed to taking items from the board of education. He then led detectives and school board officials to four separate locations within the county where items had been stored. At the time of this release, multiple truckloads of items have been recovered. These range from cleaning supplies, office furniture, scaffolding, floor buffers, vacuums, a computer, tools, lawn equipment and much more. The total value of all recovered items has not been determined at this time.
In addition to the items taken, it was also found that Ledbetter had been cleaning for a variety of local businesses and had been using the materials taken to fulfill these cleaning contracts. Although the investigation is ongoing at this time, it is believed that Ledbetter worked alone in these acts and no other individuals have been charged. All witnesses have remained very cooperative in providing any and all necessary information needed.
On Friday, January 29, 2016, Larry Ledbetter turned himself in at the Pickens County Adult Detention Center. He is being charged with multiple counts of theft by taking and his bond has been set at $10,000.
The loose ends of the investigation are still being worked through, but according to Sheriff Craig “Thanks to the quick action and assistance of School Superintendent Lula Mae Perry, Operations Director Stacey Gilleland and others within the Board of Education, this case has led to a very solid arrest.”
Shown, Ledbetter's book in photo.