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Crime Report - Dec. 4, 2013

KCSO arrests juvenile burglars

Posted: December 3, 2013 5:44 p.m.
Updated: December 4, 2013 5:00 a.m.

With help from its bloodhound tracking team, the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) arrested two east Camden teenagers on burglary charges Monday. Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews said both boys are 16 years old.

According to a KCSO press release, deputies responded to a call Monday afternoon of a burglary in progress. Matthews said that as a woman walked into her east Camden home, she saw two African-American males, wearing dark hoodies, run out the back door. A neighbor told deputies responding to the scene that they had seen two people fitting that description run from the house, jump a fence and flee through the back yards of several homes.

Deputies searched the area while the bloodhound tracking team responded to the scene as well. Another resident provided a nickname of one of the suspects. A KCSO investigator familiar with that individual knew where he lived. Deputies and the bloodhound team proceeded to that suspect’s home and, upon arrival, saw the two suspects flee into the woods. Deputies found items from the woman’s home -- a laptop computer and cellphone that the boys had set on fire.

The bloodhound team then tracked the two young men into a wooded area and apprehended them. Deputies turned one of the boys over to his mother. Deputies transported the other boy -- who was already on probation for previous burglary, strong armed robbery and kidnapping charges -- to the Department of Juvenile Justice in Columbia.

Investigators obtained a search warrant for the home where the boys lived and found numerous items believed to have been stolen from other residences and, possibly, businesses. Investigators are now trying to determine the origin of those items.

“Our bloodhound tracking team does an outstanding job and has an excellent record of tracking down fleeing suspects,” Matthews said. “About two weeks ago, these officers and dogs tracked down a fugitive wanted out of Georgia who fled from a traffic stop. They tracked him for over two hours before the dogs lead the officers directly to the suspect who was hiding in the woods. We are very fortunate to have officers who are dedicated to this team and dogs that can actually track someone.”

No other reports are available from the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office this week due to continuing work on a computer system upgrade.

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A Monroe, N.C., woman allegedly committed the following act: struck the window of a vehicle with a tire iron in KershawHealth’s emergency room parking lot, stole prescription medication from a local woman she’d given a ride to breaking into a vehicle on East DeKalb Street.

According to a Camden Police Department (CPD) report, the owner of the vehicle on East DeKalb Street caught the woman and called police. When officers arrived, they found the woman’s speech to reportedly be slurred and that she had trouble keeping her eyes open. Officers located the tire iron, pills and someone else’s driver’s license in the woman’s vehicle, along with several other varieties of medications.

Officers arrested the woman and took her to the Kershaw County Detention Center. The woman who asked the suspect for a ride issued a trespass notice in separate incident report for stealing makeup from a beauty supply store.

The CPD reported the following other incidents during the period of Nov. 25-Dec.4:

Two juveniles allegedly pointed a gun and spat on the window of a vehicle parked on Chestnut Ferry Road. The juveniles also allegedly tried to throw a rock through one of the car’s windows. A woman reportedly recorded the incident on her cellphone. The KCSO assisted in locating the juveniles. Law enforcement found them in possession of a pellet gun. Officers placed the gun into evidence and released the teens to their parents.

A patient at KershawHealth allegedly stole an employee’s car key and keyless entry remote and locked her doors from his hospital room after the two had a confrontation about where the patient could use the bathroom. The complainant called officers a second time to report that the man had damaged an X-ray room office by breaking a lock off a cabinet and damaged a trash can.

Someone broke into and stole approximately $3,000 worth of lawn care items and a heater from a home improvement store.

Someone stole $500 in cash and $250 in electronics from a hotel room.

Camden officers also assisted other agencies, served bench warrants and dealt with three communicating threats; two DUIs, shopliftings and trespassings; and one failure to surrender a driver’s license, drunkenness, identity theft, simple possession of marijuana, driving under suspension, speeding, harassment, gas drive off 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.

(Editor Martin L. Cahn assisted with this week’s report.)

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