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Law Enforcement Report - Feb. 15, 2012

'Nurse' vandalized Camden tobacco shops

Posted: February 15, 2012 9:19 a.m.
Updated: February 15, 2012 5:00 a.m.

Someone spray painted the word “KILLS” on the left side window of Cashman Pawn and Discount Tobacco on Lyttleton Street Sunday. That someone turned out to be a self-professed former nurse practitioner trying to send a warning about the deadly effects of tobacco products, said Camden Police Department (CPD) Chief Joe Floyd.

Floyd identified the woman as Pam Wood, 64, and said she recently moved to Camden to an address on Broad Street. He said Wood reportedly lived in Sumter before moving to Camden.

Floyd said Wood didn’t know she had been caught in the act on camera one of the two previous times she had vandalized the Cashman Pawn. Since Wood turned out to be from the Sumter area, no one recognized her, Floyd said. However, the shopkeeper’s son recognized her car Monday.

“The video shows her vehicle, which is unique,” Floyd said. “The shopkeeper’s son saw a car that looked just like it at the post office and called us.”

The chief said officers staked out the car -- a light/powder blue and aqua blue Volkswagen Beetle with a black cloth convertible top -- and waited for Wood to come back. When she did, officers approached her and initiated a conversation. She agreed to come back to CPD headquarters, Floyd said.

“She confessed within five minutes. There was still some of the paint in her car. She admitted to doing this nine times, seven times here and twice in Sumter,” Floyd said.

That included three times at Cashman Pawn and four times at Tobacco Corner at the intersection of DeKalb and Little streets.

As for Wood being a former nurse practitioner, Floyd said his investigators are still trying to confirm that is true.

“She said she’d worked with mental health in the past and worked in dealing with people with addiction to alcohol and tobacco,” Floyd said. “She obviously had a message, but was certainly going about it the wrong way.”

The chief said Wood will be charged in Camden with seven counts of malicious injury to property less than $2,000. He said there is a possibility she is responsible for similar incidents in Manning, but that she has not acknowledged her involvement.

According to a CPD report, an investigator called an officer Sunday around 6 p.m. after seeing the vandalism at Cashman Pawn. The officer reported that the word “KILLS” was also spray painted on the right side brick wall. He said both words were written in green spray paint. The paint also appeared on several business and advertising signs on the outside posts of the covered walkway in front of the building, the officer reported. One of those signs also sported the spray painted word “KILLS.”

During the past several months, the CPD reported similar incidents at the Tobacco Corner shop. Around New Year’s Day, Wood allegedly spray painted the Tobacco Corner and stole one of the shop’s signs.

Most of Wood’s alleged vandalisms came during a three-week period from mid-October to early November. In early November, an officer escorting a bank employee saw the word “KILLS” in orange spray paint on the corner of the building. Wood allegedly cut zip ties holding up signs to the building; officers found two of the signs nearby with orange paint on them. That time, she also allegedly spray-painted a Christmas wreath. On the wall nearby, Wood allegedly spray-painted “KILL YOU.” Two more signs, identically vandalized as the first two were found leaning up against another business across the street.

Wall had allegedly done the same thing during the prior week.

The CPD reported the following other incidents during the period of Feb. 6-12:

A woman reported that her juvenile son and one of his friends were walking down Lakeshore Drive just before 6 p.m. Friday when two other teens approached them, began cursing and pulled a handgun on them.

Someone broke into a Broad Street home through a back door and stole a small flat screen TV.

Someone stole $1,000 in construction materials for a United Way project on Mill Street.

Someone removed the carpets, floor tiles and stove from a Gate Street home.

The CPD also assisted other agencies and dealt with two larceny and public disorderly conduct; and one burglary, communicating threats, identity theft, liquor law violation, malicious injury to personal property, simple assault and theft from a motor vehicle and vandalism.

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Three convicted sex offenders whose last known addresses placed them in Kershaw County have either failed to register or failed to notify the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) that they have moved.

The first case involves a 47-year-old man KCSO deputies arrested in January for failing to register. Statewide jail records show the man was released from the Kershaw and Aiken county detention centers on the same day, Jan. 11. He has yet to register. According to the S.C. Law Enforcement Division’s (SLED) Offender Watch system, the man was convicted in March 1998 for committing, or attempting to commit, a lewd act on a child under the age of 16. His information was found under the system’s Non-Compliant list. Offender Watch listed the man as homeless in Columbia, possibly in the Shandon area. The KCSO report indicated he might have been living on Bishopville Highway outside of Camden.

The second and third men the KCSO listed as wanted sex offenders apparently failed to notify authorities they had moved from their last known addresses. Deputies went to a Powerline Road, Lugoff, address to verify that a 51-year-old man was living there. A relative at that address indicated he no longer did. This man was convicted in March 1995 for also committing or attempting to commit a lewd act on a child under the age of 16.

Deputies then went to a Charm Hill Road, Lugoff, address looking for a 66-year-old man and were told he no longer lived there. Offender Watch had no information on this particular offender. A search turned up a hit on Homefacts.com, claiming to have culled the information from Offender Watch, indicating the man was convicted in March 1991 of rape. Further online searches indicated the man may have been sentenced by a Richmond, Va., area court.

The KCSO reported the following other incidents during the period of Feb. 6-12:

Deputies arrested a 17-year-old for his role in breaking into four vehicles around 2:30 a.m. Saturday at a Jefferson Davis Highway, east Camden, convenience store. The young man and his accomplices allegedly stole two packs of cigarettes, $200 and a .22 caliber gun. A short time later, a Camden police officer saw a blue Honda Accord turn from Haile Street to Mill Street without using its turn signals. The officer followed the car, and then activated her blue lights at the intersection of Broad and Lauren streets. She followed the vehicle to the intersection of Hampton and Jordan streets where the three people inside jumped out and fled. The officer later identified one of the subjects as the 17-year-old involved in the east Camden car break-ins. Other officers responded to search for the suspects while she examined the car, finding pieces of broken glass that did not belong to the Honda. Tracking dogs arrived on the scene and located the pistol stolen from one of the cars. The Honda was tracked to an owner in Elgin -- who turned out to be the 17-year-old’s mother. Around 4 a.m., deputies and officers learned the boy was on Doby Street; he was brought back to the scene by his mother. The city charged him with driving under suspension, resisting a municipal officer and possession of stolen goods greater than $20,000. The county held him on pending warrants for the motor vehicle break-ins.

KCSO narcotics agents arrested a 25-year-old man and his 22-year-old girlfriend, both living at an Ivo Circle, Elgin, address, after continuing to receive complaints and tips about drug activity there. Agents went to the home around 11:30 a.m. Feb. 8 and knocked on the door. After being let in, agents reported immediately smelling the odor of marijuana and asked if there was any inside the home. After getting permission to search the home, agents found a number of drug and drug-related items inside. The man admitted to flushing marijuana that had been kept in a gallon freezer back down the toilet. He and his girlfriend also admitted to smoking marijuana and claimed a white powder agents found was crushed-up Lortab. Agents arrested them for possession of marijuana and cocaine, but noted that final lab reports may amend the second charge to unlawful possession of Schedule II prescription drugs.

The pastor of a Camden area church now meeting in Florence said a former deacon took advantage of his position. The 50-year-old man was supposed to make it known he was no longer affiliated with the church as of Dec. 25. When he left, however, he allegedly kept the church’s 2007 Ford van, numerous chairs and the church’s checkbook which he allegedly used to pay the taxes and insurance on his personal rollback wrecker.

Deputies arrested a 32-year-old Elgin man after he allegedly assaulted his girlfriend, leaving her with minor injuries to her feet, wrist and chest. He also allegedly grabbed a knife, claiming he would kill himself if she left him. A deputy waited down the street for her to call 911 again if her boyfriend returned. He did, and the deputy took him to jail, charging him with a fourth offense of criminal domestic violence.

Emergency Medical Services personnel transported a 27-year-old Lugoff man to the hospital Friday for cuts to his chest and back his 53-year-old father allegedly inflicted during a fight. The younger man suffered 2- and 8-inch cuts to his chest and a 13-inch long cut to his back. As of Monday afternoon, the father had not been arrested.

Managers of a U.S. 1 South, Lugoff, convenience store reported an employee removed $8,000 in cigarette cartons from the store by putting them into beer boxes and then taking them out to the rear of the store. Managers said they believe the boxes were picked up by another suspect driving a black GMC Suburban.

A 51-year-old Lugoff man ended up in jail after he twice caused a disturbance at a Camden apartment complex. He later allegedly called a Lugoff woman and threatened to damager her daughter’s car, break out the windows and kick the door in.

A 14-year-old boy said he was at his bus stop when he and a new student got into an argument about the Super Bowl. The 18-year-old allegedly pulled out a BB gun, put it in the younger boy’s face and threatened to kill him.

Someone forced open the back door to an Old Stagecoach Road, east Camden residence and took $950 in jewelry from the victim’s drawers and a safe with $17,000 inside. They left behind the victim’s firearms.

Someone entered a Juniper Road, Lugoff, home and stole a safe containing .38 special handgun, diamond ring, 60 silver quarters and dimes, camera and documents.

The KCSO is investigating allegations that a 30- to 40-year-old man was engaged in sexual relations with a juvenile girl.

The KCSO also assisted other agencies and dealt with 10 larceny; six simple assault; five burglary and simple possession of marijuana; four breach of trust, harassing or obscene phone call, public disorderly conduct, swindle and vandalism; three breach of peace and intimidation; two bad checks, death, DUI, identity theft/impersonation, located fugitives and speeding; and one aggravated assault, ATM/credit card fraud, disturbing school, driving under suspension, emergency protective custody, forgery, missing person, no driver’s license, open container, possession of drug paraphernalia, seatbelt violation, stalking and use of a motor vehicle without consent.

Incident reports are provided by the Camden Police Department and Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office and are a matter of public record under the S.C. Freedom of Information Act. If the C-I makes a mistake, it will correct it upon verification with the appropriate law enforcement agency. Readers are cautioned that other individuals may have similar or identical names as those contained in incident reports. All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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