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Police report for Nov. 10, 2010

Deputies investigating two roadside robberies

Posted: November 9, 2010 3:20 p.m.
Updated: November 10, 2010 5:00 a.m.

Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) deputies are investigating two roadside robberies. In one case, the victim was assaulted and his wallet stolen. In the second incident, the victim was forced to give up his vehicle at gunpoint.

According to the first KCSO report, a 21-year-old Elgin man was standing on the side of the road at Smyrna and Chestnut roads talking with a friend when a dark blue Chevrolet Caprice pulled up. His friend got in and three other men got out. The victim said the suspects began calling him a snitch and started hitting him. He said he was struck in the face and kicked before they got back into the vehicle and left. After the assault, the victim realized his wallet was gone. It contained $130 and several pieces of identification.

According to the second report, a 51-year-old Elgin man said he was dealing with a flat tire just before the intersection of Bowen Street and Cherokee Boulevard when a small, dark colored SUV pulled up. He said three men got out of the vehicle and asked him if everything was OK.

At that point, he said, one of the suspects pulled a gun and the two other men jumped in his vehicle and took off. The man holding the gun then reportedly got back in the SUV and followed the stolen vehicle, leaving the victim behind.

A 19-year-old Columbia man and a 20-year-old Gaston man were listed in the report as having been arrested. However, no details surrounding their arrest were provided in the report.

The KCSO reported the following other incidents during the period of Nov. 1-7:

A 17-year-old Elgin boy was arrested on larceny charges after being part of a scheme to steal more than $100 worth of pizza and other food from a pizza delivery man. Deputies met with the driver at the intersection of Watts Hill and Smyrna roads in Elgin. The driver said he had been dispatched to deliver four 10-piece orders of wings, four large pepperoni pizzas, four orders of cinnamon sticks and three 2-quart bottles of soda to an address on Watts Hill Road. He said he was unable to locate the home and called the customer’s cell phone. He was then asked to come to a different Watts Hill Road address where he found the suspect on the front porch. The suspect reportedly helped the driver carry the food inside. The driver realized there were no lights on, but placed the pizzas on the couch and told the suspect how much the food would cost. The suspect claimed he only had two $100 bills and the driver went to his car to get some change. When he went back inside, the suspect and the food were gone. Deputies checked the home and found both the front and back doors open. They followed tracks to an Upper Pond Road address. Along the way, they found some spilled hot wings and a pack of blue cheese dip in the driveway. Deputies could hear someone running through the house when they knocked on the door, but no one would answer. The homeowner was called; they came and opened the door. Inside, they found numerous subjects, at least one of whom ran out the front door and was unable to be located. However, the driver identified the 17-year-old as the person who had helped him with the food. Deputies also found the remaining food. The young man admitted to the theft and was arrested and taken to jail. A juvenile was also found to be involved and was turned over to his mother.

Deputies and firefighters responded to a report of a truck fire at the intersection of Robinson Town and Old Georgetown roads in Cassatt around midnight Monday. The truck -- a white 1993 Ford F-150 -- was reported stolen a short time later by a Camden woman who told Camden police officers she and her husband had been out to eat in Camden Sunday evening, came back to Camden to go to a bar and then went “joy riding” on game management property on off S.C. 97. She said when they returned home around 1 a.m., they found the truck was gone. A woman living on Robinson Town Road told deputies the truck had been there for about 20 minutes with the motor running and that another vehicle pulled up next to her house. She said she thought the second vehicle flashed its lights several times and she then heard car doors closing and the second vehicle leave the scene. A short time later, she heard “an explosion” and saw a fire across the road where the truck had been. A Camden police officer reported that when he told the truck’s owners what had happened, “they didn’t seem too upset.”

Someone cut the padlocks to a storage unit on Whiting Way in Lugoff and stole an air compressor, two tool boxes containing various tools, propane fish cooker and a 22-quart cooking pot. According to video surveillance footage described in a KCSO report, it appeared the subjects pulled up to the main storage gate in a newer model grey Ford Contour or Taurus. One of the suspects got out and cut the drive chain to the gate motor and pushed it open. Once inside, they drove to the victim’s storage unit and a male suspect wearing a hoodie got out and cut the padlocks. A female suspect, also wearing a hoodie, can then be seen getting out of the car and began helping the male suspect to steal the items. It appears the suspects may have broken into other units, but it could not be determined whether anything was stolen from them.

Deputies are searching for a man they say stole a motorcycle belonging to a man living on Fort Jackson Road in Lugoff. According to a KCSO report, the black and gray 2005 Kawasaki Ninja was stolen from under the victim’s storage shed and was valued at $4,000. Both the victim and deputies found foot and tire tracks leading from the victim’s property to a home less than a half-mile down the road. Deputies found four young people there, all of whom said they had been drinking and could only remember that a fifth subject pushed the motorcycle to the home during the party. They said they believed the suspect stayed in Centreville area near the Fairfield/Kershaw county line. The motorcycle was found inside a shed and returned to the victim.

A 32-year-old east Camden man was arrested for providing false information to police after he misled deputies who were trying to arrest a woman on a family court warrant out of Charleston. The man claimed he did not know the woman, that only he and his sister lived at the address and that he was in the process of moving out. The man continued to provide false answers to deputies until he consented to let them search the premises. The woman was found hiding behind a bedroom door. They were both taken to jail.

A 61-year-old east Camden man was arrested after he was seen crossing the center line and traveling in the wrong lane for a short distance on Bishopville Highway. The man was also driving at 60 mph in a 45 mph zone. The man ignored blue lights and sirens for more than two miles before pulling over. He was found to be intoxicated to the point that he almost fell over as he got out of his vehicle. He was charged with reckless driving and public disorderly conduct.

An alarm activated at a Cherokee Boulevard, Elgin, home that appeared to have been activated after several rounds of gunfire struck the residence. Just prior to the alarm going off, a neighbor said he saw a red truck parked in an adjacent wooded area, then heard gunshots and saw the truck leave. Five bullet holes were located -- three through a window and two lodged in the structure of the home. No one was inside when the incident occurred.

A 23-year-old Lugoff man allegedly shot and injured a dog he said was trespassing on his property and threatening his children. The dog’s owners expressed concern over the shots being fired while children were present. Deputies determined the man was within his rights to protect his property by shooting the dog.

A man living on Bowen Street in Elgin caught two unidentified men stealing his basketball goal from his driveway. The man said he got into his own vehicle and chased them, but wrecked on Robin Hood Road. The suspects’ vehicle was described as an older model, full-sized blue and white Chevrolet Blazer.

Someone broke out a roll-up door window at a U.S. 1 South, Lugoff, auto maintenance shop, crawled through and then unlatched the door and opened it. The unknown suspect went into the office area, setting off an alarm, and grabbed a cash register with $150 inside and ran from the scene.

Deputies assisted U.S. Marshals with taking a 28-year-old county woman into custody from a Williams Road address. Marshals asked for assistance after the woman’s father shut the door in their face. Deputies assisted with gaining entry into the home and arresting the woman.

A man living on Old Stagecoach Road in east Camden who just returned from overseas said he discovered someone broke into the home and stole his guns. Ammunition kept with the guns was not stolen.

County public works employees came across a carry-on cargo trailer in the middle of the Hillsdale Drive/Dicey Creek Road intersection. A Camden home improvement store confirmed it was missing a trailer and recovered the trailer, which was valued at $5,600.

Someone entered an unlocked shed at a Roberts Drive property near Kershaw and stole two saws. Someone also entered the home by popping the bedroom window screen and then opening the window. They stole old coins and cash out of a box in the bedroom closet.

A man has been accused of using a key he unlawfully kept after being evicted from a Gardner Street, Camden, residence and stealing a washing machine, dryer, stove, microwave, table and chairs and a bedroom suite from the home.

Someone stole the following firearms from a Hamp Branham Circle, Lugoff, residence: a .243 caliber rifle with scope, 20-gauge pump shotgun, .300 caliber handgun with scope and a .50 caliber muzzle loader.

A 33-year-old man living on Wilson Street in east Camden said a 48-year-old acquaintance knocked him unconscious with an unknown object and took his cell phone from his pocket.

The KCSO is investigating an allegation that a 21-year-old man forcibly fondled a 19-year-old female acquaintance.

Someone kicked in the front door to an Ashley Creek Drive, Elgin, home and stole a computer monitor and 6-pack of beer.

KCSO investigators are checking an allegation of child abuse involving a county man and his juvenile son.

Someone stole a champagne colored 1993 Nissan Altima from a Wildwood Lane, Elgin, residence.

Someone stole a red 4-door 2004 Ford Escape from a Pine Road, Cassatt, address.

Someone removed a well pump from a Hayfield Road, Lugoff, property.

County deputies also assisted other agencies, served bench warrants and dealt with 11 vandalism; seven intimidation; six harassing or obscene phone call, larceny and public disorderly conduct; four shoplifting, simple assault and swindle; two driving under the influence, simple possession of marijuana and theft from a motor vehicle; and one bad check, burglary, counterfeit, possession of drug paraphernalia and use of a motor vehicle without owner’s consent.

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A Columbia man who had lunch with co-workers at a Wall Street restaurant in August said he later noticed that someone made more than $800 in charges on his credit card at the Carowinds theme park. Remembering that he had been at the restaurant, he checked with management and learned his server had been collecting money from other servers for a trip to Carowinds, where she allegedly traveled Sept. 11. The victim believes that, since he is still in possession of the card the charges were made on, the woman must have somehow used the information from the card to make the purchases.

The CPD reported the following other incidents during the period of Nov. 1-7:

Kershaw County Detention Center officers reported smelling something burning around 12:30 p.m. Nov. 3. The smell got stronger as they reached the D-pod showers. Nothing was found. However, a detainee was seen on video tape popping some sort of receptacle near D-pod’s TV and then setting some sort of white substance on fire.

A Broad Street employment agency reported that a former client managed to conduct an unauthorized transaction for $587 using check numbers from the business’ payroll account.

A Palm Harbor, Fla., man reported someone used the information from his credit card to make more than $1,700 in charges in Camden. The victim said he has never been to Camden.

Someone stole tools and a trailer license tag from a truck belonging to a Key Largo, Fla., man while his son used it visit Kershaw County recently.

A 17-year-old girl allegedly threatened her stepfather with a butcher knife during an argument. No charges were filed.

Someone stole a green 1996 Ford F-150 from a Hermitage Farm Road location where it was being worked on.

A Sumter Highway restaurant reported its register came up $51.54 short during a recent shift change.

A Crime Watch sign was stolen from the corner of Wylie and Chesnut streets.

Camden officers also assisted other agencies, served bench warrants and dealt with four larceny; two forgery and harassing or obscene phone call; and one attempted suicide, DUI, harassment, missing person, motor vehicle theft, no driver’s license, possession of a controlled substance, shoplifting and (simple) assault in the third degree.

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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