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Sheriff James R. Metts

Major John Allard, PIO Office, 785-2415, 24-Hour Press Box: 799-2001, Ext. 1100

Deputies Arrest Man for Breaking Into Home

Lexington County Sheriff’s Department deputies on Wednesday, March 20 arrested a 21-year-old Batesburg man on charges that on Tuesday, March 19 the man unlawfully entered a home on Reedy O. Smith Road in Summit through a window that had been left unlocked at the residence and stole one handgun, one notebook computer, one digital camera and jewelry.

Lexington County Sheriff James R. Metts said deputies arrested Joseph Ryan Morin Sevrie, 21, of 536 West Columbia Avenue, Batesburg, on arrest warrants on charges of first-degree burglary, possessing a weapon during the commission of a violent crime, simple possession of marijuana, possession of methamphetamine and unlawfully carrying a firearm. Sevrie was being held on Wednesday at the Lexington County Detention Center while awaiting a bond hearing.

Under South Carolina law, a circuit judge would have to conduct a bond hearing for Sevrie in general sessions court because first-degree burglary carries a punishment of life in prison, Metts said. The 11th Judicial Circuit Solicitor’s Office has not yet scheduled a bond hearing for Sevrie.

Arrest warrants allege that on Tuesday Sevrie unlawfully entered the Reedy O. Smith Road home through a window at the front of the residence that had been left unlocked with the intent to steal items from the home, Metts said. The homeowners reported the burglary to the Sheriff’s Department at about 8:17 p.m. on Tuesday.

After unlawfully entering the Reedy O. Smith Road home, Sevrie stole one Sony Cybershot digital camera, jewelry that belonged to a woman, one Acer notebook computer and one Kurz AMT Backup .380-caliber handgun, Metts said. Deputies later recovered the stolen computer, handgun and woman’s jewelry on Sevrie’s person.

At about 12:07 a.m. on Wednesday, Red Bank Resident Deputy Darren Wiseman encountered Sevrie on Two Notch Road at the intersection with South Lake Drive near Lexington while Wiseman was conducting a directed patrol in his patrol car, Metts said. Wiseman saw Sevrie staggering around in the roadway near a moped that was lying on the side of the road. Wiseman also saw that Sevrie was carrying an Acer notebook computer in one of his arms that Wiseman later determined had been stolen from the home on Reedy O. Smith Road.

Wiseman placed Sevrie in investigative detention and later arrested Sevrie, Metts said.

Sevrie provided Wiseman with a name and date of birth that did not match the South Carolina identification card that Sevrie had on his person, Metts said. Wiseman found that Sevrie possessed a plastic bag containing marijuana in the right front pocket of his pants as well as the .380-caliber Kurz handgun that had been reported stolen from the home on Reedy O. Smith Road.

Officers also found a small plastic bag on Sevrie’s person that contained methamphetamine as well as 37 pills of Xanax, a prescription drug that physicians generally prescribe for persons who suffer from anxiety or panic disorders, Metts said. In addition, officers found woman’s jewelry on Sevrie’s person, including one gold chain, one black heart necklace, one butterfly ring, two silver rings and one arrowhead necklace.

Metts asked anyone with information about additional criminal activity involving Sevrie to contact the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department at (803) 785-8230 or CrimeStoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC. Citizens also can provide information anonymously by accessing the Crime Tip link on the Sheriff’s Department web site (


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