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Crime Report - Dec. 12, 2012

CPD responds to string of car break-ins

Posted: December 11, 2012 8:39 p.m.
Updated: December 12, 2012 5:00 a.m.

A string of vehicle break-ins Friday and Saturday have left many Camden residents without Christmas gifts, personal documents and GPS units.

The Camden Police Department (CPD) responded to more than 10 break-ins over the two day-period. CPD Chief Joe Floyd said there are no suspects and they are unsure if there is one single suspect or multiple suspects. There is a theme to the break-ins, however: the suspect is stealing from cars that are being left unlocked. Floyd said he is glad that Camden “citizens feel safe and confident that they are protected,” but citizens need to help do their part to protect themselves. Vehicles left unlocked, parked on the following streets:

The suspects stole a handgun from an unlocked vehicle parked on Pleasant Ridge; Christmas gifts, a camera, two electronic facial scrub brushes, medicine and some personal identification cards were taken from a car parked on McRae Road; and a digital camera, a bracelet, a necklace, a jar with $25 in change, three GPS units and an external hard drive were stolen from various unlocked vehicles parked on Lakeview Road.

The suspects also stole a car key from an unlocked car parked on Kendall Street that opened another car at the same residence, allowing them to steal bank and car loan information from the second vehicle. A $5 bill and various keys were also taken from another unlocked vehicle parked on Kendall Street. Someone stole Christmas gifts and a GPS unit from two unlocked vehicles parked on Mill Street; and a GPS unit and $3 were taken from an unlocked vehicle parked on Union Street.

“This is not uncommon at this time of year, but there are other times of the year where we see strings of vehicle break-in,” Floyd said. “There was no forced entry to any of the vehicles hit: somebody was shaking car doors.”

Floyd advises everyone to keep their car doors locked and take anything of value out of your vehicles. There were other break-ins throughout the weekend, Floyd said, but because there was “no physical evidence” that something was missing, so police reports weren’t filed.

“This makes us and the community uncomfortable, but Camden citizens need to partner with us to prevent these crimes,” Floyd said.

Although only unlocked vehicles were broken into this time, Floyd said it can happen to anyone.

The CPD reported the following other incidents during the period of Dec. 3-11:

A Camden man said he was attacked by another man while walking down Kennedy Drive. After the subject pushed the man on the ground, he took his wallet that contained $50.

Someone stole a wallet that had been dropped in a Sumter Highway, Camden, gas station. The wallet contained $250 and personal identification cards.

A 20-year-old and a 19-year-old were arrested for breaking and entering into a home on Chestnut Street.

Someone stole an iPad from a residence on Fairlawn Drive.

Someone accessed a Camden woman’s bank account and made an $835 Western Union transaction.

A Camden man tried to steal a $10 bottle of wine from a local retail store.

Someone stole a washer and dryer from a residence on Garden Street.

A woman was hit in the shoulder after an argument over a trash bill.

Someone charged more than $600 on a Camden man’s credit card.

Camden officers also assisted other agencies, served bench warrants and dealt with five trespassing cases; two criminal domestic violence cases; and one drug paraphernalia, distributing within proximity to a school, larceny, assault, shoplifting, theft from motor vehicle, malicious injury real property and unlawful use of a telephone.

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Five vehicles in the rear parking lot of a store on Whiting Way, Lugoff, were broken into. All of the vehicles were tampered with and damaged, according to the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO).

The owner of the store contacted the vehicle’s owners to and learned they were missing two radios, a battery, six speakers and two subwoofers.

The KCSO reported the following other incidents during the period of Dec. 3-11:

A man realized someone had stolen items from his home on Branham Avenue near Camden when he returned home from serving at the Kershaw County Detention Center. The suspect took blankets, sheets, all of the man’s clothes and shoes, a TV and DVD player, a cell phone and a bulldog wearing an eye-patch.

Someone broke into two homes on McCord Ferry Road, Lugoff. A man came home to find his front door kicked in. The subject took a video game system, games and the table they were sitting on; the other home was unoccupied.

A Lugoff man’s ex-girlfriend allegedly keyed his car, stabbed a tire of his golf cart and broke into his home. The man found candy bars on the living room floor, laundry detergent all over the kitchen floor and other signs of signs of a break-in.

A man renting a home on Crofts Mill Road southeast of Camden mysteriously moved out leaving damage to the interior and exterior of the home. The man took carpet, doors from cabinets and the shower, shelves and drawers.

Someone stole a wallet containing $200, a several personal identification cards from a car parked in a church parking lot in Cassatt.

A homeless woman was arrested for sleeping in the garage of a home on Watts Hill Road, Elgin.

Someone stole an air conditioning unit and a stove from a residence on Bookman Road, Elgin.

Someone stole two radiators from a residence on Thoroughfare Branch Road, Cassatt.

Someone stole a Bull Mastiff and a trailer from a residence on Smyrna Road, Elgin.

Three men allegedly took five liters of alcohol from a store on Highway 1, Lugoff.

Someone slashed the tires of a vehicle parked on Mule Road, Elgin.

County deputies also assisted other agencies, served bench warrants and dealt with six vandalism cases and narcotics violations; five larcenies and assaults; three cases of public disorderly conduct and harassment; two intimidation cases, breaches of trust, death, runaways, motor vehicle thefts and non-violent family offenses; and one DUI, criminal domestic violence and breach of peace.

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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