Sheriff: Third suspect in fuel tanker theft is former jailer

The Rishers (Source: CCSO)
The Rishers (Source: CCSO)
William Anderson Montjoy (Source:CCDC)
William Anderson Montjoy (Source:CCDC)

COLLETON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - The Colleton County Sheriff's Office says they have arrested a third suspect in connection with the theft of a fuel tanker and 3,600 gallons of gas from the National Guard Armory in Colleton County.

Sheriff's office spokesman Ted Stanfield said deputies arrested William Anderson Montjoy late Friday morning after he fled a traffic stop near Colleton County High School.  Stanfield said deputies tried to stop Montjoy on Estates Drive near Sweetbriar Lane around 10:45 a.m. when he got out of his vehicle and ran away.

Several schools in the area were locked down as deputies set up a perimeter.  Montjoy was spotted in a wooded area around noon, and was captured.  He was then taken to the Colleton County Detention Center.

He is charged with larceny, grand larceny, and using a vehicle without the owner's permission.

Montjoy and a married couple, 42-year-old Clarence Edward Risher, Jr. and 43-year-old Melinda Montjoy Risher, are accused of stealing a military fuel tanker filled with diesel fuel in late April. .

The sheriff's office said on April 30, the tanker was returned to the armory without its fuel. Investigators believe it was stolen sometime between then and Apr. 26. The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources was requested to assist in the investigation and deployed a plane and ATVs to assist.

Deputies said they arrested the Rishers in early May after discovering 2,675 gallons of stolen diesel fuel following a search of two homes on Risher Mountain Road.

According to authorities, 10 portable tanks containing the stolen fuel were found in the homes.

Investigators also seized a John Deere Tractor which the sheriff's office believes was used to clear up evidence that the tanker was at the suspects' homes.

It is unclear exactly what led investigators to the third suspect. Authorities said Montjoy, a former Colleton County Detention Center officer, has been out on bond after being accused of sending nude photos to a female inmate.

He was let go in early April this year.  According to investigators, Montjoy sent inappropriate nude photographs to the inmate using the cell phone. The sheriff's office says although there was no sexual intercourse and the contact between the two appeared to be consensual, it is unlawful for a corrections officer to have any sort of sexual relationship with an inmate.

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