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Police report for Sept. 15, 2010

Three arested for trespassing, other charges

Posted: September 15, 2010 10:39 a.m.
Updated: September 15, 2010 10:35 a.m.

A man reported that as he pulled into his carport on Elliott Road in Cassatt, he saw three men running from his back porch. As deputies responded with the tracking team, other deputies began to patrol nearby roads.

According to a Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) report, three men fitting the victim’s description were found walking on Porter Road. The men appeared to be “very sweaty.” Only one suspect had on a shirt and one suspect had fresh scratches on his arms.

When the tracking team arrived, a tracking hound followed a trail from the back of the house through the woods toward Porter Road. At several points along the trail, pieces of a shirt were found hanging in briars. As the team approached Porter Road, more items were found including a black hat, black gloves, black long-sleeved shirt, black bandana and a 40-caliber handgun with the serial number scratched off. The tracking team eventually trailed out to Porter Road where the three suspects had been discovered.

The men consented to be searched, and a can with cocaine was found in the front pocket of one suspect. One of the suspects was found to have an outstanding family court bench warrant.

The three suspects -- a 24-year-old and two 20-year-olds, all from Cassatt -- were arrested on charges of weapon law violation, drug/narcotic violations and trespass of real property.

The following incidents were recorded by the KCSO for the period of Sept. 8-13:

A woman was robbed at gunpoint as she was getting things out of her car on Dove Road in Camden. As the victim stood up from reaching into her car, she discovered a truck had pulled up beside her and the passenger got out, grabbed her by the arm and pointed a gun at her, telling her to give him her pocketbook and money bag. The subject took the purse, which contained cash, credit cards and other items and the money bag with cash inside, and the truck left the scene.

An 18-year-old woman reported she was at a party three years ago when, after using alcohol and marijuana, she fell asleep. When she awoke, a Lugoff man was on top of her. The victim said she didn’t realize what had happened until she learned approximately seven months ago that the suspect was bragging about what he had done. The victim said she confronted the suspect and he admitted to the act.

A Brown Street, Camden, man said a  woman entered his home through the back door and then let a woman and man in the front door. They offered the victim sex with one of the women for $20. When he declined, the male subject put a knife to the victim’s throat and a knee in his chest. The male subject, 42, of Branham Avenue, Camden, threatened the victim, saying if he didn’t give them money, he would be killed. The women, both with a Thompson Street, Camden, address, took $5 from the victim’s pocket. When the victim said he was calling law enforcement, the subjects broke his phone and stole an 18-pack of beer.

A 25-year-old Walkhorse Lane, Elgin, man was arrested for stealing an ATV and drill from a Three Branches Road, Lugoff, address. He was also charged in connection with a break-in at a storage building on Three Branches Road and is being looked at for possibly having taken a chocolate lab from the residence.

A fireworks business on Jefferson Davis Highway was broken into and approximately $1,000 in fireworks taken.

A Kershaw County School District high school student reported to an assistant principal that she was being sexually harassed by another student.

Someone opened a combination lock on a gate and fence around a cell tower on Lachicotte Road in Lugoff and scaled approximately 150 feet up the tower where they cut and lowered two cables. They also knocked loose several snap-ins which hold the cables to the tower. In addition to the cables, taken from the site were two surge arrestors, two cable connectors and 750 feet of high tensile strength rope. The total estimate for equipment taken was $7,130.

A storage garage on Larry Jeffers Road, Elgin, was broken into. Items taken included several shotguns, two chainsaws and a push lawn mower.

A maintenance shed on Ridgeway Road in Lugoff was entered. Missing were two weed eaters, two backpack blowers and one chainsaw.

Someone entered a home on Skyview Drive in Camden and took three rings, change and a debit card.

A machine shop on Green Hill Road in Lugoff was damaged when someone broke in and attempted to get copper wire out of the walls and ceilings. A freezer, oven and sink were taken from the office. Aluminum siding was stripped from the front office building and all the windows were taken out. A forklift parked beside the building was stripped of parts, and the suspects climbed a large silo near the buildings and cut the funnel off.

Thirty-seven bags of Carolina Pride horse feed were taken from the bed of a truck parked inside a locked fence area on U.S. 1 North in Cassatt.

KCSO deputies also assisted other agencies, served bench warrants and dealt with 22 larceny; 17 vandalism; nine simple assault; seven public disorderly conduct; six burglary and harassing or obscene phone call; four theft from a motor vehicle; three ATM/credit card fraud and motor vehicle theft; two simple possession of marijuana; and one aggravated assault, bad checks, criminal domestic violence, criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature, death, incorrigible, intimidation, minor in possession of alcohol, no driver’s license, runaway, swindle, theft of motor vehicle parts or accessories and trespassing,

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Camden Police Department (CPD) officers discovered a powder-like substance believed to be methamphetamine wrapped in a brown paper towel hidden in a bag of dog food in a room at a West DeKalb Street motel.

Acting on a tip that a man was in possession of drugs, CPD officers asked to search the room of a 53-year-old Cassatt man. The  denied he had drugs and invited the officers to search the room. A bag on a night stand was found to contain syringes, a small digital scale and other drug paraphernalia. When officers located two small bags of powder substance, the subject reportedly said, Well, that’s a wrap,” and confirmed it as methamphetamine.

The man was transported to the Kershaw County Detention Center for possession of drug paraphernalia and a temporary hold was placed on him for possession of methamphetamine.

In another incident, a 25-year-old Camden man wrecked his car just after CPD officers aborted a pursuit to stop the man for driving under suspension.

The CPD was tipped off that the man would be driving a silver gray Nissan south on U.S. 521 toward Elgin. Aware that the suspect’s driver’s license was suspended, an officer waited at the intersection of U.S. 521 and Black River Road and immediately pulled out behind him with blue lights activated. The suspect ignored the officer’s attempted traffic stop and instead accelerated. In contact with the on-shift supervisor, the officer were advised to discontinue the pursuit. The suspect’s car continued to pull away as the officer slowed to turn around. As the cruiser came around a curve, the officer saw a cloud of dust and dirt, indicating a possible collision. He discovered the suspect’s car in a wooded area off the left side of the highway. The officer found the suspect in the driver’s seat, unresponsive. Due to the nature of the damages, officers were unable to extricate the suspect. Other officers on the scene radioed for EMS. In addition to driving under suspension, the suspect will also be charged with failure to stop for blue lights.

The following incidents were recorded by the CPD for the period of Sept. 8-13:

A counterfeit $20 bill was discovered at a Springdale Drive business. Two other counterfeit $20 bills were found on the ground at a Wall Street business.

A reckless driver was reported to be traveling on DeKalb Street toward the city of Camden. As an officer responded to the call, he observed a car cross over the center line, straighten and begin to weave. The officer initiated a traffic stop, and the driver, a 34-year-old Dogwood Lane, Cassatt, woman, turned onto Wylie Street and into a parking lot. As the officer spoke with the subject, he detected a strong odor of alcohol from the open driver’s side window. Several field sobriety tests were administered, and the woman was arrested. Due to the high level of intoxication and the subject’s complaining of a stomach ache, she was taken to KershawHealth, where she was X-rayed and given fluids intravenously. An inventory of the woman’s car turned up an open bottle of vodka with more than half of its contents gone. The woman accepted a breath test, which registered .37 percent blood alcohol content.

A 49-year-old Camden woman was arrested for public disorderly conduct after she was found hiding in a ditch near Brookgreen Court. The responding officer detected a strong order of alcohol about the woman. Asking her if she had been drinking, she said with slurred speech that she had been “drinking quite a bit.” During the ride to the detention center, the woman reportedly exhibited extreme mood swings and behavior.

A riding lawn mower valued at $1,000 was reported stolen from a Gordon Street residence. The home owner, who does not live at the home, discovered a cut in a fence surrounding the property.

Staff at a DeKalb Street auto parts store reported a man and woman walked around the store for several minutes before asking to go to the bathroom. When they emerged, an employee saw them trying to hide a package of fuses. An employee approached the couple, who ran out of the store with one of the fuses from the package. The fuse was valued at $5.

The front right tire of a car parked in the Springdale Plaza parking lot was flattened and key scratches were made across the driver and rear passenger side doors. Damage was estimated at $500.

An amp and speakers valued at $500 were taken from a car parked on Laurens Street.

As an officer attempted to serve family court bench warrants on a 30-year-old Baron DeKalb Road, Camden, man, the subject fled the scene. The officer chased the subject, who tripped and fell. The subject struggled with the officer as he attempted to handcuff him. As the subject was led to the patrol car, he turned and spit on the officer and continued trying spit on him during the walk to the patrol car. He was transported to the detention center and a hold was placed on him for resisting arrest and simple assault.

A Burndale Lane business reported the theft of two potted plants and two wind chimes. Total value of items taken was $610.

Someone entered a Pleasant Ridge Drive resident and plundered through a purse.

A window at an apartment complex community center on Market Street was broken out and a 40-inch flat-screen television was taken.

An argument between a girlfriend and boyfriend that began at a West DeKalb Street motel carried over into the parking lot of a nearby restaurant where the boyfriend, 30, pushed the woman, 32, around and punched her in the head. The man fled the scene and could not be located by officers.

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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