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Crime Report - Feb. 19, 2014

ATV thefts plague Lugoff

Posted: February 18, 2014 5:03 p.m.
Updated: February 19, 2014 5:00 a.m.

The Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) is cautioning owners of all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) in Kershaw County to secure and keep a close eye on them after what appears to be an increase in ATV thefts, particularly in Lugoff.

In a Feb. 11 report, the KCSO said someone took a $2,000 Honda ATV from a Spring Drive, Lugoff residence. The victim said her son noticed the ATV missing around 1:30 p.m. that day.

Someone also stole another Honda ATV, worth $4,500, from a 2nd Avenue, Lugoff home Feb. 15. A KCSO report said the victim found a gas can that had been under the carport in his front yard. When he took it back to the carport he realized the ATV was gone.

A Feb. 16 report detailed the apparent theft of two Honda ATVs, a utility trailer and other items worth a total of $13,500 from inside and beside a storage shed on Red Oak Lane in Lugoff. The victim said the last time he knew the shed was secure was a week earlier. The trailer is described as a black 18-foot by 8-foot Currahee brand; two fish cookers and an air compressor are also missing.

The KCSO also reported the following other incidents during the period of Feb. 11-17:

Deputies are investigating the theft of 250 bales of pine straw from a Cassatt man who was also the victim of a theft the previous week. In the Feb. 11 report, the Rodgers Road resident said a pine straw bailer, four rakes, four pitch forks and 100 bales of pine straw with a total value of $2,085 were taken. The most recent report, dated Monday, said the 250 bales of hay were worth $1,000.

The KCSO also assisted other agencies, served bench warrants and dealt with seven thefts; five assaults and DUIs; three burglaries; two public disorderly conduct, criminal domestic violence, driving under suspension and vandalism; and one case each of an abandoned 18-wheeled truck that had to be towed, breach of peace, identity theft, possession of marijuana, possession of cocaine, receiving stolen goods, shoplifting, telephone harassment and unlawful possession of a firearm.

In other crime news, the Camden Police Department reported three assaults; two shopliftings; and one case each of breach of trust, burglary, harassing phone calls and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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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