Lisa King
Simpsonville Police Officers Ron DeSota (right), Terry Putnam (center) and Sgt. Tim Hurt (left) display some of the merchandise stolen in a huge theft at the outlet mall last year.
Assaults, thefts up

A flurry of activity surrounded the Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass after its opening last year, however, not all of that activity was pumping money back into the local economy. Instead much of that activity kept Simpsonville Police officers on the move during the second half of 2014.

Thefts in Simpsonville highlighted much of the increase in crime across the county for 2014.

The small town with the new big mall saw thefts increase 150 percent, rising from 16 in 2013 to 40 in 2014.