Arrest in Metal Post Theft

   The Laurens County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Wattsville resident Saturday in connection with an alleged theft last Friday. 49-year-old James Arthur “Cookie” Byrd of 11 Hammett Street, Laurens is charged with Petit Larceny. He is accused of taking away a metal post valued at less than $2,000 from a location of Edison Lane, Laurens on March 1st. A warrant notes that the defendant has two or more prior convictions for property crimes. Bond on the new Petit Larceny charge was set at $2,000 cash or surety. “Cookie” Byrd remained in the Johnson Detention Center this morning.