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Police Report for Dec. 22, 2010

CPD investigating night deposit armed robbery

Posted: December 21, 2010 5:31 p.m.
Updated: December 22, 2010 5:00 a.m.

At least three men are being sought by the Camden Police Department (CPD) for robbing a store employee at gunpoint as she was making a night deposit at a DeKalb Street bank Saturday night.

According to a CPD incident report, the employee and a female co-worker arrived at the bank around 10:50 p.m. Saturday in separate vehicles. The employee making the deposit drove up to the night deposit slot and got out as her co-worker drove up and parked behind and one lane over from her.

The co-worker said she “noticed several shadows” come up from behind her car. A man opened her driver’s side door and yelled “Where are the car keys?” The woman began blowing her car horn several times and the man ran away. At the same time, however, others from the same group approached the woman making the deposit.

The woman said one of the men had a pistol and said “Give me the money.” The woman refused, clutching the bag. The suspect then hit her in the left side of her head behind the ear with the pistol, knocking her to the ground. The man grabbed one of the deposit bags, containing $2,000, and fled from the scene.

Officers arrived on the scene, roped off the area and called for a county tracking unit. Both victims were escorted to CPD headquarters where they provided statements. EMS was called to examine the victim’s head wound, but she refused transport to the hospital.

The women said they were unsure exactly how many men were involved, but described the ones they saw as being African-American, around 5 feet 10 inches tall and 150 pounds, wearing black clothes and black ski masks.

Anyone with information about Saturday night’s robbery can call CPD investigators anonymously at 425-6025.

The CPD reported the following other incidents during the period of:

Someone stole a 20-inch, 14-carat gold necklace with clear oval beads, blue beads and gold spacers from the handbag of a woman having surgery at KershawHealth’s main campus. Other jewelry in the woman’s handbag was not taken.

Someone stole a black 9mm pistol from the glove box of the victim’s SUV. Someone also pried open the glove box to a vehicle parked on King Street and stole a .45 caliber semi-automatic handgun.

Someone pried open the coin boxes to four washer and dryer machines at a Hasty Road apartment complex and stole an undetermined amount of cash.

It appears someone drove through at least two and possibly three yards on Belmont Drive, destroying a number of Christmas decorations.

A 27-year-old Camden woman has been accused of entering an unoccupied West DeKalb Street motel office and stealing $375 from a drawer.

Someone knocked over several city of Camden trashcans and at least one mailbox on Kings Chase, scattering trash all over residents’ yards.

Camden officers also assisted other agencies, served bench warrants and dealt with three driving under suspension and larceny; two counterfeiting, harassing or obscene phone call, open container and shoplifting; and one aggravated assault, assault by intimidation, counterfeiting, forgery, gas drive off, improper display of tag, public disorderly conduct, simple assault, statutory rape (consensual sex between teenagers), theft from a building, theft from a motor vehicle and trespassing.

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A juvenile male said he was taking pictures of trash a subject put in his family’s back yard on Leslie Branham Road in Lugoff when he noticed the subject pointing what appeared to be a .38 caliber revolver at him.

According to what the young man told Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) deputies, the subject cocked the gun and threatened him with it. Deputies went to the subject’s house, but didn’t find anyone.

The next day, the same juvenile said he was chopping stumps in the back yard when he saw a subject with a BB gun. He said the person fired at him, striking him in the left side of the chest.

The KCSO reported the following other incidents during the period of:

A woman living on Wildwood Lane in Lugoff reported a man young, possibly juvenile male stopped by her house with what looked like a packet of information claiming to be collecting donations for the Camden Fire Department (CFD). A check with CFD officials revealed that firefighters were not in the area selling anything. The woman described the suspect as a young white male with short brown hair, medium build and freckles. He was reportedly wearing a khaki jacket and was driving what appeared to be a silver or grey Thunderbird.

A woman living on Park Road in Lugoff reported three young men drove up to her residence and stole five basketballs that were in her yard.

Someone broke into a Wildwood Lane, Lugoff, home and stole a 12 gauge shotgun, digital camera, 42-inch flat screen TV, more than $2,000 in jewelry, approximately $600 in silver change and a store credit card.

A woman living at an apartment complex on Cambridge Lane in Lugoff said she came home to find someone in her car who then drove off with it a high speed. She said the key was broken off in the ignition. The vehicle was later recovered; no details were available.

Investigators and the Kershaw County Fire Marshal are investigating what appears to be a case of arson of an abandoned house at the corner of Yarborough and Cassatt roads in Cassatt.

Someone stole a .22 caliber revolver from where the owner hid it -- under a placemat at their dining room table -- at a Bolden Street, east Camden, home.

Someone broke out the back door glass at an Old Georgetown Road West home near Kershaw and stole a 32-inch projection television and a jewelry box with jewelry inside.

Someone broke the glass panes to sliding glass doors at a Longleaf Drive, Elgin, home and stole a 47-inch flat screen TV by ripping it off its wall mount. A rifle was also stolen.

Someone stole more than $6,000 in jewelry and a $300 pair of headphones from a Camden Military Academy cadet’s safe at the school.

A 30-year-old Elgin woman is accused of entered an unlocked window at a male acquaintance’s home and stealing a wedding band and space heater.

Someone cut away and stole two air conditioning units from a home on Lucknow Road east of Camden.

Someone stole a green 2007 Kawasaki Mule from a home on Guion Drive in Lugoff.

Someone stole a .380 handgun from a home on Waterfront Road north of Camden.

County deputies also assisted other agencies, served bench warrants and dealt with nine vandalism; eight larceny; four intimidation and simple assault; three public disorderly conduct/breach of peace; two death, harassing or obscene phone call, impersonation and trespassing; and one attempted suicide, burglary, cruelty to animals, driving under suspension, expired vehicle license, forgery, missing person, motor vehicle theft, no driver’s license, no proof of insurance, open container, shoplifting, theft from a building, theft from a motor vehicle and use of a motor vehicle without owner’s consent.

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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