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Crime Report - Feb. 12, 2014

Lugoff man caught breaking into Camden homes

Posted: February 11, 2014 12:02 p.m.
Updated: February 12, 2014 5:00 a.m.

A Camden Police Department (CPD) officer caught a Lugoff man after he allegedly kicked in doors in the city’s Southern Oaks subdivision Saturday.

A CPD report said an officer was dispatched to Scarlett Lane after a homeowner reported seeing the man -- identified as Dennis Sanders Jr., 38, of Taylor Court, Lugoff -- kicking the front door of their home. The officer parked down the street and approached on foot. When Sanders saw the officer, he reportedly said, “You caught me” and was taken into custody.

The report said Sanders later told a CPD detective he had tried to break into several other houses in the area, including four on Scarlett Lane and one on Southern Oaks Drive. The CPD charged Sanders with attempted burglary.

The CPD reported the following other incidents during the period of Feb. 3-10:

Officers charged an employee of a West DeKalb Street fast food restaurant with breach of trust after they allegedly documented false refunds on a cash register and pocketed the money. The report said the alleged incidents took place between Oct. 31, 2013, and Jan. 31, and totaled as much as $5,500.

City officers also assisted other agencies and dealt with three theft cases; two communicating threats; and one case each of assault, breach of trust, DUI, no driver’s license, public disorderly conduct and shoplifting.

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A 21-year-old man allegedly held a Camden woman against her will Sunday.

According to a Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) report, the woman said she went to Columbia with the man to have dinner. At the restaurant, they reportedly had an argument and decided to return to Camden with the man driving the woman’s car. The report said they stopped in Elgin to look for the woman’s cell phone in the car. She said she wanted her car keys so she could drive, but the man allegedly refused to give them up.

The woman claimed the man drove her around Kershaw County, during which she tried to exit the vehicle several times, but was not allowed to do so. She also claimed the man threw her pocketbook out the car window on Black River Road. She said she finally got out of the car, but that the man took her keys and threw into a nearby woods.

The woman told deputies she then walked to the home of the man’s father, who agreed to take her to CPD headquarters where the case was turned over to the county.

The KCSO reported the following other incidents during the period of Feb. 3-10:

Deputies reported being surprised Saturday following a high-speed chase east of Camden. A deputy saw a GMC Yukon SUV driving erratically on U.S. 1 near the Woodward Field and attempted to make a traffic stop on the vehicle. The driver failed to stop and turned onto Academy Drive, fleeing at high speed. He then turned onto the grounds of Camden Military Academy and drove across the lawn back to U.S. 1, where he turned north and sped away at up to 90 mph, sometimes on the wrong side of the highway, the report said. Other KCSO units assisted and a deputy got in front of the SUV and forced it to stop. It turned out the driver was a 13-year-old boy. Deputies turned the boy over to his mother; he faces family court charges of failure to stop for blue lights and siren and driving without a license.

County deputies also assisted other agencies, served warrants and dealt with six assaults; three threats; two burglaries, public disorderly conduct, simple possession of marijuana and thefts; and one case each of criminal domestic violence, DUI, illegal use of 911 larceny, obscene messages and resisting arrest.

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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