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Crime Report - April 30, 2014

Woman arrested after leaving gun in fast-food restroom

Posted: April 29, 2014 5:00 p.m.
Updated: April 30, 2014 5:00 a.m.

The Camden Police Department (CPD) arrested a Camden woman on a weapons charge April 17 after she allegedly left a handgun in the restroom of a fast food restaurant.

A CPD report said Robin Lei Albert, 45, of Camden, left the weapon in a stall in the ladies’ room at the West DeKalb Street restaurant, where a child found it and told her father. The man reportedly unloaded the .45-cal. pistol and turned it over to a manager, who placed it in a safe.

The report said Albert went back to the restaurant looking for her gun, at which point managers called police. Officers arrested Albert for not having a permit to carry a firearm. In an interview about the case, CPD Chief Joe Floyd said Albert’s actions were irresponsible and could have been disastrous.

“Obviously, she made a mistake. Number one, by taking it in there and her second mistake was leaving it in there. Taking it in there was a violation because she no longer had a concealed weapons permit,” Floyd said. “The larger issue is that she left it there, accessible to someone that would have no business with a gun. Some kids found the gun, but they were smart enough to use caution and find an adult.”

Online court records show Albert posted $1,000 bond.

In other CPD reports:

Officers responded to an alleged road rage incident on Springdale Drive near Chesnut Ferry Road on April 22. According to the report, a 38-year-old Camden man said he was he had crossed into Camden from Lugoff on U.S. 1 when a small dark grey car sped up behind him and started following closely. The man changed lanes several times so he could turn left onto Springdale Drive. As the two cars passed Springdale Plaza, the driver of the other car allegedly presented a black, possibly semi-automatic handgun and then slide a round into the chamber. The victim said he decided to slow down at that point, putting some distance between him and the other car. He said the suspect later turned right on Knights Hill Road. The victim identified the driver from a line-up of photographs. No arrests had been made at the time the report was filed.

City of Camden Public Works employees reported finding a power pole behind the old Burndale Plaza with $15,000 worth of copper wire missing from it.

The CPD also reported eight calls for shoplifting, six cases of driving under suspension, six thefts, four arrests for driving under the influence, four trespass notices issued, two reports each for burglary, open container, harassment and drunkenness and one case each of possession of marijuana and unlawfully carrying a weapon, criminal domestic violence. 

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The Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) is investigating two burglaries reported more than 20 miles apart Sunday.

In the first report, a victim at a Dove Road, Camden resident told deputies they had left home around 11 p.m. and returned about 7:50 a.m. the next day to find the front door ajar and the home ransacked. The man reported a 42-inch flat-screen TV, two pair of Nike Air Jordan shoes, a Dell laptop computer, money and liquor as missing. A deputy found the home’s back door open with signs of forced entry.

In the second case, a victim at a Sailing Club Road, Camden, home reported that someone removed two flat-screen TVs with a combined value of $2,430 from the home sometime between 1 p.m. Saturday and 6 p.m. Sunday. The report said the front door was kicked in, and that the victim provided information on four possible suspects.

Deputies also investigated a shooting incident in which no one was hurt Friday. Deputies responded to a home on Green Tree Hill Road after a man called about shots being fired in the area and a bullet striking his house. Deputies found a bullet on the front sidewalk, the report said. Another man walked up and said a 19-year-old Elgin man had shot at him on nearby Shirley Road. A deputy found four 9mm shell casings in the roadway on Shirley Road and collected them as evidence. The second man said the suspect had been in a disagreement with the victim’s stepbrother, who refused to come out of the house to confront the man with the gun. The victim said he went outside and the man shot at him, then fled.

The KCSO also reported four assaults, three vandalisms, two reports each for possession of marijuana, breach of peace, public disorderly conduct, driving under the influence and theft and one case each of criminal domestic violence, possession of methamphetamine, driving without a license, driving under suspension, identity theft, possession of drugs other than meth or marijuana and pointing a firearm during a “road rage” incident.

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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