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Crime Report - Jan. 9, 2013

Cheetos betray robbery suspect

Posted: January 10, 2013 6:52 p.m.
Updated: January 9, 2013 5:00 a.m.

Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) deputies tracked a Camden man to the theft of several snacks, beer and cigarettes at the Cassatt Country Store on U.S. 1 over the weekend.

According to a KCSO press release, investigators arrested Austin Lee Westfall Presler, 19.

Investigators said that a fuel delivery man noticed the store’s front door glass had been shattered Sunday morning. He called 911 and responding deputies determined that a suspect -- later identified as Presler -- had broken into the store through the glass and stolen beer, cigarettes, snack foods and energy drinks. While committing the theft, Presler apparently broke open a bag of Cheetos, which were found strewn on the floor.

A neighbor confirmed what surveillance video showed of a white car speeding away from the scene. A KCSO incident report added that deputies could also see on the video that the suspect was dressed in a white mask and gloves. Deputies began a foot search from the store and went to a home located on nearby Cassatt Road where they located a white car. Deputies went to the front door -- and found fresh Cheetos on the front porch.

Deputies obtained permission to search the home, discovered Presler in a room along with the items stolen from the store, and arrested him. Deputies booked him into the Kershaw County Detention Center on a second degree burglary charge; he was later released on $15,000 bond. According to the KCSO, Presler has previous arrests for possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance and driving under suspension in Sumter County.

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

An Elgin man let his dog out and saw three males wearing olive green military fatigues in a wooded area behind his home. The suspects ran through his backyard, dropped a dead squirrel, and ran and hid behind work horses near his driveway. The Elgin man said one of the men pointed a rifle at him, so he pulled out his firearm and shot at the subjects seven times. The suspects ran through his front yard, but bloodhounds weren’t able to confirm a specific track the suspects used.

A Bethune woman screamed after she heard a “loud boom” and heard someone run out of her home on Youngs Bridge Road, Bethune. She found the back door to her residence open. Deputies followed shoe prints and dogs tracked them to a home on Rochelle Drive, where deputies found three residents. One of them was wanted in Bethune for shoplifting.

Someone used a BB gun to shoot through the rear window of a car parked in a driveway on Bud Circle, Elgin, and a window at the home. The owner of the home said he saw a black Toyota car drive around the cul-de-sac three times and the car’s driver shot at the residence each time.

Someone ran from a wooded area and tried to snatch a purse from a woman walking back to her home on Wateree Avenue, Camden. The woman would not let go of her purse, which caused the subject to get angry, so he punched her in the lip before running away.

Deputies were called to a vehicle fire in front of a home on Frost Road, Camden. The subject, who allegedly took the car without permission of the owner, was “highly intoxicated” and could not give an answer as to how the vehicle had caught on fire.

An Elgin woman’s son took the keys to her car and was later transported to Richland County Hospital after being in a car accident.

Someone broke into an automobile repair shop on Boulware Road, Lugoff, and tried unsuccessfully tried to open a cash register.

Someone took $100 in cash, tools and prescription medicines from a vehicle parked Horton Acres Lane, Camden.

Someone stole a handgun and an video game console from a residence on Mauser Drive, Lugoff.

Four male suspects went into a store on U.S. 1, Lugoff, and stole an 18 pack of beer, $15.

Someone stole two speakers and one computer from a church on Bishopville Highway.

County deputies also assisted other agencies, served bench warrants and dealt with five simple assaults, DUIs and vandalism cases; three public disorderly conduct cases and simple possessions of marijuana; two forcible rapes, deaths, narcotics violations, burglaries and larcenies; and one driving under suspension, open container, using a motor vehicle without consent, intimidation and harassment.


The Camden Police Department reported the following incidents during the period of Jan 1-7:

Someone stole a leather jacket from a vehicle parked in a restaurant parking lot on West DeKalb Street. The jacket had a bottle of prescription medicine in the pocket.

An intruder bolted from a home on Dibble Street, after he saw one the home’s residents on the couch as he tried to steal a video game console from the home.

Someone used a Lugoff woman’s bank information to make two payments worth almost $950 to a telecommunications company.

A Lamar woman tried to deposit a $4,500 check from a closed account at a bank on East DeKalb Street.

Someone stole a stole a firearm from a vehicle parked on Board Street. The vehicle was not locked.

Someone stole an entire cash register and its contents from the Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter.

Camden officers also assisted other agencies, served bench warrants and dealt with four trespassing cases and assaults; three DUIs; two vandalism cases, public disorderly conduct cases and possessions of drug paraphernalia; and one criminal domestic violence, unlawful use of a telephone, driving under suspension, simple possession of marijuana, open container and weapons law violation.

 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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