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Cherokee Co. authorities arrests 2 for Wells City Hall break-in

Joshua Rains (Source: Cherokee County Jail) Joshua Rains (Source: Cherokee County Jail)
William Pounds (Source: Cherokee County Jail) William Pounds (Source: Cherokee County Jail)

Investigators with the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office arrested two men Friday in connection to a Nov. 26, 2012 break-in at the Wells City Hall. Once they gained entry into the building, the two suspects allegedly took an undisclosed amount of cash, checks, and money orders.

Arrested were William Todd Pounds, 47, and Joshua Kerry Rains, 27, both of Wells, according to a press release. The two men were each charged with burglary of a building, which is a state-jail felony. Their bail was set at $10,000. Pounds was released from the Cherokee County Jail after he posted his bail, according to Cherokee County Sheriff James Campbell.

CCSO deputies responded to a burglary call at Wells City Hall on the morning of Nov. 26, 2012. Someone had broken out the glass in the building's front door.

When city employees showed up for work that morning, they found broken glass, ransacked files, and office supplies scattered throughout the inside of City Hall. Wells Mayor C.W. Williams said it looked like the suspects jammed a stick through the drop box and used it to break the glass.

The press release stated a burglary of a habitation charge carries a possible sentence of anywhere from 180 days to two years in a state jail facility and a fine of up to $10,000.

Since 2010, the Wells police force has slowly dwindled. After the city's police chief was fired in 2011, the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office has been responsible for policing the Wells area.

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