YORK COUNTY, SC (YCSO NEWS) - If you have been the victim of an unprosecuted crime within the past 40 years, you may be receiving a letter from the York County Sheriff’s Office. In an effort to bring closure to older cases, deputies are reaching out to victims of crimes in which warrants were obtained, but were not able to be served on the defendant. Deputies hope to be able to obtain additional information from victims that will help close out these cases.
The Sheriff’s Office has identified approximately 3,000 to 4,000 warrants, dating back to the 1970’s, that are unserved. The majority of these warrants are for low-level misdemeanor crimes.
“This purpose of this initiative is to clear up older cases, so that deputies can shift their focus to more recent criminal activity,” said Sheriff Kevin Tolson.
The letters will:
1. Be mailed via the US Postal Service in an official Sheriff’s Office envelope and printed on official York County Sheriff’s Office letterhead;
2. Provide the warrant number, the date the warrant was issued and a description of the specified victims’ role in the matter; and
3. Will contain an email address to which the person can send additional information about the matter.
It is asked that if you receive one of these letters in the mail to respond within 20 days. If you do not have access to email or wish to seek further information about the warrant you can call the York County Sheriff’s Office directly at 803-628-3059 and ask to speak to a records clerk.
If you receive a letter in the mail, please know this is not a scam. If you believe this this a scam or have any questions about the information contained in the letter, feel free to contact the Sheriff’s Office at our main office line.