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'North Augusta Irish Traveler' Arrested In Kentucky, Second Suspect Sought


January 23, 2013

SPARTANBURG, SC – One of two men known as the 'North Augusta Irish Travelers' has been arrested in Kentucky.

Lieutenant Tony Ivey of the Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office announced Wednesday that 56-year-old Tommy Martin Riley entered a business in Lexington, Kentucky and attempted to sell gold. The business was aware of Riley from a memo they received from the sheriff's office and was able to stall Riley long enough for local law enforcement to arrive and take him into custody on an outstanding warrant.

According to Ivey, Riley and 24-year-old Phillip Michael O'Hara posed as flooring salesmen and conned their way into the home of a 83-year-old woman in September 2011. While one of the men blocked the woman's view by showing her samples of linoleum and other types of flooring, the other suspect went into her bedroom and stole between $5,000-$10,000 worth of jewelry.

Ivey said that investigators began to look into the case and were soon able to identify Riley and O'Hara. Ivey said that the two men are known by law enforcement agencies across the eastern United States and information regarding the crime was sent out to precious metal purchasing companies throughout the country.

Riley has been charged with second-degree burglary and larceny greater than $2,000 but less than $10,000. O'Hara is also wanted on the same charges.

If anyone knows O'Hara's whereabouts they are asked to call CrimeStoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.


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