Eastover Town Councilman arrested, charged with burglary, larceny

EASTOVER, SC (WIS) - Thursday, Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott announced the arrest of Eastover Town Councilman Anthony Gibson.

The Eastover Town Hall was burglarized on August 4, 2007, and criminal files were stolen from a filing cabinet.

Lott stated investigators have determined the 47-year-old Gibson was seen leaving the location at the time of the burglary and when Gibson was interviewed by investigators from the Richland County Sheriff's Department, he admitted to being at the Town Hall during the timeframe surrounding the burglary.

Gibson has been charged with burglary 2nd and petit larceny.

Gibson was transported to the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center for booking and a bond hearing.

It turns out Anthony Gibson has quite the rap sheet. Check out what we found in our archives about his criminal history dating all the way back to 2005.

In November 2005, he was arrested for simple assault. He was mayor pro tem then. Police said he went to a house to start a fight and pushed someone. Police actually arrested him at a town council meeting.

In March of 2006, it was disorderly conduct. In that incident, Gibson was accused of shouting and yelling profanity while he smelled of liquor.

In May of this year it was malicious injury to property. We were there as he left the Eastover jail in handcuffs. He had blood and scratches all over his face. Police say he threatened someone with a crowbar and then got into a scuffle with a lieutenant.

And just last month, Gibson was charged with tampering with an electric meter.

Sheriff Leon Lott says Gibson has been "terrorizing" the people of Eastover for too long. Sheriff Lott says his department wants Gibson banned from the Town Hall. The sheriff also wants the governor's office to suspend Gibson from office.

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