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Police Report for Nov. 24, 2010

Elgin convenience store robbed twice

Posted: November 23, 2010 3:01 p.m.
Updated: November 24, 2010 5:00 a.m.

The Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) is investigating two separate burglaries at a Cherokee Boulevard, Elgin, convenience store.

The first incident is believed to have taken place sometime between 10 p.m. Nov. 14 and 8:30 a.m. Nov. 15. Employees coming to work found the business had been broken into. A customer who arrived shortly after employees did said he had touched a door handle that was pulled off the front door. It appeared to have had a chain wrapped around it or it was pried on until it broke off the door. The door itself had been pried open in several places.

Approximately $50 was taken from the cash register and a box containing approximately 15 cartons of cigarettes was stolen. Some lottery tickets appeared to have been touched, but it was unclear whether any had been stolen at the time of the report.

Two days later, according to the second report, someone heard a loud noise coming from the store. When deputies arrived, they found the front door had been pulled down with a chain. The burglars stole $63.

Anyone with information about either robbery is asked to call KCSO investigators at 425-1512.

The KCSO reported the following other incidents during the period of Nov. 15-21:

A 44-year-old Lugoff man was arrested after he allegedly assaulted his girlfriend. Deputies were initially called to the scene believing a gun had been fired. The man denied he fired a gun, but the victim later said she was cut with a knife. Deputies had to ask the woman several times to come out of a bedroom. When she did, they immediately noticed severe swelling and bruising to her face; her right eye swollen shut and had been cut on the lower lip and a finger. The man was charged with criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature.

Two men allegedly ambushed a juvenile male out for a job on Hilton Street in Camden. The young man said his attackers hit him with a blunt object, continued to hit him and checked his pockets. He said he was able to fight them off and said they ran to a red car and drove towards U.S. 1. A car matching the description was stopped at U.S. 1 and Cheraw Road, but the victim could not positively identify the driver, only saying he might have been one of the suspects. The driver was arrested for driving under suspension.

A Camden man said he met a Cassatt couple at an east Camden bar and invited them back to his home for more drinks and to watch a movie. At one point, he got into an argument with his wife and they stepped outside. The Cassatt couple then allegedly ran out of the house with his handgun, a bottle of liquor and yard trimmers. The victim said he yelled at them to stop, but they jumped into a car and fled.

The president of a Richland County-based utility company said someone stole $7,000 in copper from its Brazell Lane, Elgin, station that was supposed to be used to replace electrical wiring. An employee at a Columbia scrap yard reported a suspect came in with 100 pounds worth of copper on four separate occasions.

A man at an east Camden bar was allegedly knocked out by another man with a beer bottle. Witnesses said once the man fell to the ground, the suspect kicked him in the face and ran out. The victim was transported to the hospital where deputies met with him the next morning. He said he didn’t remember anything.

A 72-year-old Lugoff man allegedly showed up brandishing a screwdriver at a 23-year-old Elgin woman’s home with whom he has an ongoing conflict. The woman said she and her son got in her car and left. However, the suspect allegedly followed them and rammed the back of their car, causing damage.

A woman who was recently evicted from a Smyrna Church Road, Elgin, home has been accused of prying open a back door and stealing an air conditioning unit, stove, smoke detectors and ceiling fans. She has also been accused of causing damage to a bathroom wall and being $4,000 behind on rent.

A 75-year-old Elgin man claimed his 17-year-old grandson broke into his home while he was in the hospital between mid-October and mid-November. He said his grandson took four TVs and a shotgun and stole his blue 1995 Ford Escort and black 1998 Ford Ranger.

A Columbia man reported he was sitting in the parking lot of a Heath Springs bar when he was approached by a Kershaw man. He said they began to argue and the suspect pulled a handgun, cocked it and pointed it at him.

A Columbia man said he arrived at a Linden Trail, Lugoff, home to visit his children and speak to his wife only to have her father and ex-husband pull guns on him. The victim was trespassed from the property and advised not to return.

Someone broke into two homes off Three Branches Road in Lugoff. Someone stole a refrigerator, stove and central heating and air conditioning unit from a home on Madi Way. A stove was stolen from a home on Dru Lane.

Someone entered a Dove Road, Camden, residence and stole a desktop computer, laptop computer, 42-inch TV, surround sound DVD player, two video game consoles, several video games and $2,000 worth of jewelry.

Someone pried open the front door to a Jefferson Davis Highway, east Camden, liquor store and stole 27 bottles of liquor, $150 from cash registers, a laptop computer, six cell phones and $80 in CDs.

Three men were reportedly seen stealing copper from dump sites at a Highway Church Road, Elgin, landfill. Management reported the three men were almost run over by a bulldozer operator.

A woman living on Lovett Road in east Camden said she was at a neighbor’s house when a man pulled up in her driveway, entered her home and stole her dog and a video game system.

Deputies assisted a Landis, N.C., detective in checking whether or not a gun used in a North Carolina armed robbery was stolen from a Lugoff man.

Someone broke into a room at a West DeKalb Street motel and stole a guest’s video game consoles, games and $50.

Someone kicked in the front door of an Elmwood Boulevard South, Elgin, home and stole a DVD player and computer laptop.

Someone entered a camper parked at an Arrowhead Road, Liberty Hill, location and stole a TV and a built-in stereo system.

Someone stole about $500 in wrought iron from a Jefferson Davis Highway, east Camden, home.

Someone cut the cover to a boat parked on Hampton Street in Camden and stole a console CD player.

A registered sex offender allegedly violated a family court order by attending a school presentation.

County deputies also assisted other agencies, served bench warrants and dealt with nine simple assault and vandalism; six larceny; four swindle and trespassing; three bad check, harassing or obscene phone call and runaway; two breach of trust, harassment, impersonation, intimidation, public disorderly conduct, motor vehicle theft, shoplifting, theft from a building and theft of motor vehicle parts or accessories; and one ATM/credit card fraud, breach of peace, criminal domestic violence, death, forgery, incorrigible, littering, no driver’s license, stalking, suicide attempt and theft from a motor vehicle.

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The Camden Police Department (CPD) is investigating three car break-ins on Tickle Hill Road.

In the first report, someone entered an unlocked vehicle and stole a 7mm rifle, .40 caliber pistol, .32 caliber pistol and wallet.

According to the second report, someone tried to break out the driver’s side front. Once the window was removed, the thieves stole a purse but left behind a GPS device and two portable DVD players. A shoe print was found matching one found at the first crime scene.

In the third report, someone broke out a truck’s passenger side window and stole a shotgun and an iPod.

The CPD reported the following other incidents during the period of Nov. 15-21:

A 30-year-old Camden man was arrested after allegedly causing a disturbance at a King Street residence. According to a CDP report, officers were sent to the scene because of several people using profane language. Upon arrival, a woman told them to get the suspect out because he was “jumping on people.” The man was found in the back yard being very loud and using profane and vulgar language in the presence of several young children. The man was found to have been drinking. When officers tried to get him to calm down, he reportedly said “When I see you out of uniform we can roll.” An officer took that as a threat and told the man he was under arrest. The man resisted but was able to be placed in a patrol car. During the trip to the county jail, the man repeatedly threatened the arresting officer. He continued to make threats to officers at the jail and corrections officers had trouble placing him in a cell. He was held pending warrants for threatening public officials and public disorderly conduct.

Three Gaston men were caught illegally obtaining water from a city fire hydrant while installing water wells on behalf of a local irrigation and well service. While officers were responding to the scene, the suspects left but were followed by city of Camden public works vehicles. Officers stopped the men at Dicey Creek and Red Fox roads. One of the men admitted they were the owner of a well drilling company and authorized one of the other men to get water from the hydrant. He said he was working for the local irrigation owner at the time of the theft. The men were escorted to city hall to pay a fine for using the hydrant.

The pastor of a Camden church reported that when he arrived at the church one evening he found a man standing next to a white Ford F-150 who claimed one side of the building was on fire. When the pastor went to get his phone to call 911, the truck -- with two men inside -- drove off. He then discovered they had apparently been trying to steal the church’s air conditioning unit.

A 59-year-old Camden man was arrested after he was caught loading tools from a Roberts Street work site into a shopping cart. A work site employee was able to stop the man and unload the tools. The suspect was found in front of KershawHealth. He was arrested on an outstanding KCSO warrant and held pending an additional warrant for larceny.

Camden officers also assisted other agencies, served bench warrants and dealt with two breach of trust, DUI and shoplifting; and one driving under suspension, harassing or obscene phone call, larceny, loitering, malicious injury to property, open container, possession of drug paraphernalia, simple assault and trespassing.

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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