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Law Enforcement Report - April 25, 2012

Burglar steals jewelry from art shop

Posted: April 24, 2012 1:13 p.m.
Updated: April 25, 2012 5:00 a.m.

The Camden Police Department (CPD) is investigating a burglary at a wearable art shop on Broad Street that took place sometime between 6:30 p.m. April 18 and 9:30 p.m. April 19.

Someone working in another shop in the same building said they noticed a broken window and that he had no phone service. Officers arriving on the scene checked the art shop and determined the break-in was confined to that business. The owner arrived and unlocked the shop for officers.

Officers reported that many pieces of jewelry were missing, mostly gold and sterling silver. The owner said they locked the doors and set the alarm before as they left the evening of the 18th. Officers found that the phone lines had been cut. Officers also learned that in addition to the jewelry, a cash box with between $30 and $40 -- and the keys to the jewelry cabinets -- was missing from under one of the jewelry cases.

Initial estimates of the stolen jewelry placed their value at $30,000, but CPD officials later said it appeared that figure might be lower.

Officers tracked possible leads to an area on Highland Avenue near Laurens Street. Camden Police Department Capt. Mike Stone said officers found some of the missing jewelry that the burglary apparently dropped in that area and went back Friday morning to continue the investigation.

The CPD reported the following other incidents during the period of April 16-20:

Officers arrested a 23-year-old Kershaw man after receiving calls that a vehicle was being driven recklessly as it exited I-20 on to U.S. 521 (South Broad Street). An officer located the vehicle at the intersection of South Broad Street and Ehrenclou Drive crossing over a yellow line into a median almost in to oncoming traffic. The officer turned on blue lights and the driver made a wide right hand turn, crossing the yellow line on to Bull Street in front of Rhame Arena. The man failed a sobriety test and was arrested for DUI. Officers also found him in possession of a needle, which he attempted to hide. Officers learned a 44-year-old passenger, also from Kershaw, had four syringes in his pocket, some peach colored pills and a white brown powder substance which he admitted was heroin. Officers charged both men with possession of drug paraphernalia and held the passenger on drug charges. They also held the driver for a Lancaster County warrant for sexual assault.

Someone broke into an apartment on Douglas Street and knocked over and broke several items. It also appeared the burglar had deliberately stomped on a Blue Ray disc player. They also reportedly stole three video game systems.

Camden officers also assisted other agencies, served bench warrants and dealt with two public disorderly conduct and vandalism; and one breach of trust, DUI, forgery, harassment, motor vehicle theft and simple assault.

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Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) deputies assisted S.C. Highway Patrol (SCHP) troopers in arresting a 22-year-old Camden man April 16.

Deputies reported being asked to assist troopers in searching the man’s vehicle at Burdell Road and DuPont Boulevard in Lugoff around 10 p.m. Troopers had the man get out of the vehicle and a deputy asked him if he was carrying anything illegal. The man reportedly became nervous and the deputy asked him a second time. At that point, he pulled out a small plastic bag of marijuana and placed it on top of the vehicle. As the deputy began to check the man for any weapons, the subject tried to run but was grabbed by the back of the shirt and taken to the ground.

A short struggle took place, ending when one of the troopers on the scene called out “Taser.” The deputy rolled off the subject so the trooper could deploy his Taser, which he did, bringing the man under control and arresting him.

The KCSO reported the following other incidents during the period of April 16-22:

Deputies responded to a claim from a 28-year-old Elgin man that an acquaintance, age 46, had urinated on his car, chased him with a knife and stabbed him in the back during a struggle. EMS responded to the scene and took the younger man to the hospital to treat the wound and a reported back injury sustained from the fight.  The older man stated that the opposite occurred and that the younger man struck him in the head with a metal object. A witness provided a statement that the younger man was the main aggressor in the fight. The responding officer reported that he believed the altercation was mutual on both sides.

Someone kicked in a door to a Lucknow Road home east of Camden and stole a safe from a closet. The safe reportedly contained a 1919 Smith & Wesson .38 special gun, 14 carat white gold diamond watch with 18 diamonds in it, 10 carat yellow gold man’s Masonic ring with white gold emblem and a 14 carat white gold multi-stone by-pass ring. Someone also busted open a door to a Stokes Road house in the same part of the county, ransacked the home and stole a 42-inch TV a safe containing legal papers and .38 snub nose pistol, $700 worth of makeup and $150 in change.

A 38-year-old Camden man said that two younger men, ages 18 and 19, were at his house when they suddenly jumped on and started fighting him. Deputies reported seeing minor injuries to the man’s eyes and forehead. A witness corroborated the victim’s statement. Shortly after leaving the home, deputies were called back and saw the subjects. They said the fight started over money, but that it was the victim who started it. One of the subjects did admit to striking the man, but only in self-defense. No one was arrested.

A derogatory word and the shape of a heart were drawn with a black marker on the hood of a truck owned by a 60-year-old Kershaw man. The victim’s daughter also had standing water in the floorboard of her vehicle. The daughter stated that approximately 20 Norcolo pills were also stolen for her car. The girl believes a boyfriend is responsible. She stated the two have had a “strenuous” relationship over the last few years.

Someone pushed in a plastic window and unlocked the garage door to a home on Wildwood Lane in Lugoff. Once inside, the burglar took a two 46-inch flat screen TVs from different rooms in the home.

A Lugoff woman reported that her children came in crying and scared from playing outside because a man was shooting his gun in a neighboring yard. The man told deputies he was shooting at the ground.

A 36-year-old Lugoff man listed in several Camden police reports last week for harassing his ex-girlfriend is now accused in a KCSO report of intimidating his own mother, allegedly threatening to kill her.

The KCSO is investigating a claim that a juvenile boy was sexually assaulted by another boy in the past. The boy claimed the abuse took place when he was between the ages of 5 and 12.

Investigators are looking into the possibility that a 34-year-old east Camden man stole a 2009 dirt bike that he had taken without permission before from a residence on Ray Street.

Investigators are looking in to whether a 58-year-old county man has sexually fondled his daughter since she was an infant.

Someone broke into an Old Georgetown Road West, Cassatt home through a door and stole $150 worth of jewelry.

Someone stole about 10 guns valued at around $5,000 total from a Rogers Road, Cassatt home.

County deputies also assisted other agencies, served bench warrants and dealt with 11 vandalism; 10 simple assault; eight larceny; five simple possession of marijuana; four public disorderly conduct; three harassing or obscene phone call; two attempted suicide, breach of trust, burglary, DUI, driving under suspension, speeding and swindle; and one bad checks, criminal domestic violence, death, expired driver’s license, improper vehicle license, intimidation, motor vehicle theft, narcotics, no vehicle license, open container, operating an uninsured vehicle, runaway, theft of motor vehicle parts or accessories and violation of a protective order.

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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