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Police Reports for Dec. 8, 2010

Man fires shots in nightclub parking lot

Posted: December 7, 2010 3:48 p.m.
Updated: December 8, 2010 5:00 a.m.

A 20-year-old Camden man was arrested by the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) after allegedly firing shots in an east Camden bar’s parking lot early Saturday morning.

Deputies initially responded to a call for assistance in the back parking lot as the club was closing. While they were still on the way, the deputies were told that shots had been fired. A large crowd had gathered in the rear lot and several witnesses pointed the suspect out. The man got into a car and the driver tried to flee.

Deputies were able to stop the car with the suspect in the back seat. When he reached either for a pocket, deputies drew their guns and ordered him out of the car. He complied and admitted the gun was in his back pocket. Deputies retrieved the five-shot .22 caliber revolver with four spent rounds and one live one still in the gun.

The suspect was taken to jail and held pending a warrant for unlawful possession of a firearm. He was also charged with public disorderly conduct for discharging the gun in the parking lot.

The man has also been tied to a larceny and burglary, both on Timber Creek Road, along with a 48-year-old Camden man who has yet to be arrested. They have been accused of stealing a battery charger and garden tools from the yard of one home and then breaking into a nearby home and stealing a television.

The KCSO reported the following other incidents during the period of Nov. 29 - Dec. 5:

A 28-year-old Cassatt man was arrested on an outstanding bench warrant after allegedly trying to attack his girlfriend with a knife. The victim was not harmed; however, the suspect hurt himself with the knife when he reportedly slammed it into a counter top. He reportedly gave a false name when deputies first caught up with him.

A woman living on Roberts Drive outside of Elgin said she was awakened by the sound of someone entering her home early one morning. She said the suspect apparently opened her unlocked sliding glass door. She said she jumped up and ran into the next room, apparently causing the suspect to flee.

A Lugoff man reported spotting a pickup truck leaving a property owned by a Stockton, Calif., woman with a load of copper in the back. The witness said when the suspects saw him, they fled at a high rate of speed, but he was able to follow them long enough to get a tag number.

A 19-year-old Jefferson man was arrested for allegedly breaking into a shop on Mt. Pisgah Road and vandalizing two four-wheelers in an attempt to steal them. Deputies are looking into the possibly that he broke into the shop with an 18-year-old Mt. Croughan man.

An Elgin woman said someone stole approximately $6,000 in jewelry while she was on vacation. She told deputies she couldn’t remember if she secured the home before leaving. Deputies reported not finding any sign of forced entry.

A Columbia man allegedly purchased two large pickup trucks valued at more than $87,000 from two dealerships owned by the same company in Lugoff using checks that were returned for insufficient funds.

Someone pried open several machines in the laundry room of a Mattison Street, Camden, apartment complex and stole $1,000 in change. A pair of bolt cutters was recovered from behind a trash can.

Someone pried open the back door to a McBee Highway, Jefferson, home and stole a 42-inch flat screen TV, a video game console and a basketball card collection worth around $2,000.

An 18-year-old county woman has accused her father of siphoning most if not all of her mother’s $25,000 life insurance policy. She said she was going to use the money to go to college.

Someone stole 10 heavy metal work saw bucks, used as stands to build axles, worth approximately $1,000, from a Commerce Drive, Lugoff, business.

Someone cut the lock to a shed on Clearwater Lake Road near Camden and stole 35 tools and other items worth more than $5,000.

A 17-year-old Lugoff boy is accused of stealing more than $1,850 of items from a Meadowview Lane, Lugoff, property.

Someone forced open a side door to a Flat Rock Road, Camden, church and stole a refrigerator, microphones and amplifiers.

Someone stole $100,000 in copper pipes from a Columbia TV station’s broadcast tower site on Rush Road in Elgin.

Someone broke into a U.S. 1 North, Cassatt, storage unit and stole a black 2006 Honda Rebel CMX 250 motorcycle.

A Lugoff woman reported this week that someone stole nearly $10,000 in jewelry back in July.

Someone stole an Angus calf worth $550 from a Spring Creek Drive, Lugoff, property.

County deputies also assisted other agencies, served bench warrants and dealt with nine vandalism; seven larceny; six simple assault; five burglary; four driving under suspension and intimidation; three motor vehicle theft; two harassing or obscene phone call and theft from a motor vehicle; and one criminal domestic violence, death, forgery, incorrigible, missing person, open container, no proof of insurance, peeping tom, runaway, shoplifting, trespassing and vehicle fire.

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The Camden Police Department (CPD) is investigating two possibly connected burglaries.

Someone broke into the Kershaw County Recreation Department’s arena on West DeKalb Street likely on the night of Nov. 30. They also reportedly broke into several other locked rooms. While it didn’t appear anything was taken, employees were still inventorying the building at the time of the report.

Possibly around the same time, someone forced open the rear door to American Legion Post No. 17 located nearby on Chesnut Ferry Road. The subject so also broke into several closets and locked rooms, damaging doors. Aside from about $100 of beer and liquor, nothing appeared to have been taken.

The CPD reported the following other incidents during the period of Nov. 29-Dec. 5:

A 24-year-old Camden woman was arrested after allegedly hitting a man in the head and mouth with a beer bottle at a West DeKalb Street motel. The two were apparently arguing. She claimed he struck her first, but she had no visible injuries. The man, on the other hand, had a cut on the inside of his lip, two possibly loose teeth and a large bump and cut on his forehead.

A 19-year-old Camden man who was arrested for public disorderly conduct was subsequently charged by Kershaw County Detention Center officers with marijuana possession after they found the drug on his person.

A 37-year-old Camden woman was arrested for possession of a stolen vehicle after she was caught driving a pickup truck that belonged to a Cassatt man.

An employee of a Bay Lane convenience store has been accused of making and then cancelling cigarette sales in order to pocket the money.

Camden officers also assisted other agencies, served bench warrants and dealt with three malicious injury to property; and one assault by intimidation, burglary, counterfeiting, driving under the influence, motor vehicle theft, public disorderly conduct, theft from a motor vehicle, third degree (simple) assault and vandalism.

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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