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Crime Report - March 12, 2014

Scam bilks woman out of more than $29,000

Posted: March 11, 2014 3:59 p.m.
Updated: March 12, 2014 5:00 a.m.

Camden Police Department (CPD) officers are investigating a fraud/confidence game/breach of trust case that reportedly scammed a Camden woman out of more than $29,000. A CPD report said the victim told police she received a phone message from a man claiming to be with the Internal Revenue Service who said she risked being arrested if she did not contact him immediately.

The report said she returned the call and was told to go to a local store and buy “Green Dot Smartmoney” cards. She said she purchased 38 of the cards with a total value of $29,346 between 5:15 p.m. Friday and 2:30 p.m. Saturday. She said she gave the man the information for the 38 cards and he said he would need an additional $21,000 “to correct all her credit information.” The victim said she had used all her money purchasing the cards and a family member advised her she had been defrauded.

She provided the information for the 38 cards to investigators, the report said.

During the period of March 3-9, the CPD also reported two cases of public drunkenness and one each of vandalism, a runaway juvenile, an assault and an animal complaint.

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The Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) is investigating the theft of two motorcycles from a Lugoff home. The March 3 report said the 2002 Suzuki and 2002 Kawasaki were worth a combined $4,000 and were taken from a shed at a Pine Grove Road residence between 3 and 4 a.m. The victim said she heard her dog barking outside and saw a vehicle drive into her yard, then turn off the headlights. The report said footprints were found in the yard and were photographed as evidence.

The KCSO also reported the following incidents during the period of March 3-9:

The KCSO dealt with two stolen car reports Saturday and Sunday. The first report involved a 2009 Toyota Camry stolen Saturday from where it was parked at a residence on Young’s Park Road in Westville. The victim said she checked and determined the car had not been repossessed. The second theft allegedly took place Sunday on Magnolia Lane in Lugoff. The victim reported someone stole her 2011 Nissan Versa overnight. The victim called back deputies about 12 hours after filing their report and said a friend claimed to have seen the car at a Lugoff restaurant and motel. Deputies checked the area, but did not find the car.

Someone stole a Yamaha four-wheeler from an open shed on Fred Gardner Road near the town of Kershaw on Sunday. A KCSO report said the victim said the theft occurred sometime between Thursday and Saturday. He said the vehicle was worth $4,000.

The KCSO also reported nine thefts; seven arrests for driving under suspension; six incidents of criminal domestic violence; five burglaries; three arrests for marijuana possession; three reports of harassment; two incidents of criminal domestic violence; two DUI arrests; and one case each of vandalism, drunkenness, assault, trespassing, driving without a license and speeding more than 15 mph above the limit.

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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