Shoplifting investigation expands after deputies face suspect

A call to a rural convenience store on Wednesday turned into a wider investigation of shoplifting incidents, according to an announcement by the Oconee Sheriff’s Office. The Sheriff’s Office yesterday announced the arrest of Hunter Blasé Brauch of the Stamp Creek Road, Salem after an incident at the Country Junction Store and an altercation with a store clerk. Brauch was jailed on charges of shoplifting, disorderly conduct, assault and battery third degree, and purchase/possession of beer by a minor.