HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – A man who tried to escape from a home detention sentence has been captured after a month-long search.
Court records show Billy Benjamin Graham was arrested in June. His rap sheet includes assault and battery, armed robbery, and petit larceny. Part of his bond condition was to wear a GPS monitoring device.
However, on September 2, police say Graham cut the unit off, escaping home detention and running from police.
The home detention unit knew the second Graham tampered with the unit
"If you alter it, tamper it, damage it, our officers with the home detention unit will know immediately," explained Sgt. Jeff Benton with the Horry County Sheriff's Office.
The unit sends a notification directly to the deputy, in this case a text message was sent, saying Graham's monitoring device wasn't responding.
This does happen sometimes, like when the battery is low on the device.
So police went to check it out. When they got to his home Graham wasn't there and his mother told deputies he had left, stealing a credit card before leaving.
"We were able to determine he made about ten transactions on that credit card," Sgt. Benton said.
Deputies took that as a sign he was running
"We don't understand why they feel the need to take their monitors off, damage them and run. Because the bottom line is - we're going to find them," said Sgt. Benton.
With help from the US Marshals they did find Graham.
Agents with the USMS Horry County Task Force followed up on an anonymous tip. After setting up surveillance in a Socastee neighborhood they determined Graham was hiding in one of the houses.