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Crime Report - June 4, 2014

Counterfeit bills being passed in Camden

Posted: June 3, 2014 4:41 p.m.
Updated: June 4, 2014 5:00 a.m.

The Camden Police Department (CPD) reported several cases of counterfeit bills being passed at local businesses.

A May 24 report said a DeKalb Street discount store received five fake $100 bills that all had the same serial number and were determined to at one time to have been $5 bills. A Broad Street convenience store called police after receiving several counterfeit bills the same day. An East DeKalb Street fast food restaurant reported receiving false $50 and $20 bills on May 25. The discount store that filed the May 24 report said it also received a counterfeit $50 on May 25. Management reported having the shopper in custody. The man said his wife had received the fake bill as part of her change from a fast food purchase in Columbia. Another false bill was reported May 26 at a West DeKalb Street convenience store. That report said a customer attempted to pay for gas and cigarettes with a counterfeit $100 bill. He said he had received the bill from an east Camden convenience store the day before. County deputies also reported a case of a counterfeit $100 bill being passed at an east Camden discount store on May 31.

The CPD also reported six arrests for driving under suspension, five for driving under the influence, four cases of shoplifting, two arrests for possession of marijuana and two for possession of drug paraphernalia and one case each of theft, threats, vandalism, trespassing, drunkenness, open container, no driver’s license and minor is possession of alcohol.

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Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) deputies arrested a 31-year-old Lugoff man on May 29 after he allegedly assaulted another man on Nuthatch Road.

The KCSO report said the victim claimed the suspect ran him over with a vehicle and threatened him with a knife. The reporting deputy said he saw blood on the victim’s forehead and damage to one of his shoes.

The KCSO also reported the following other incidents during the period of May 26 - June 1:

Deputies arrested an Elgin man Sunday on numerous charges. A deputy responding to Fort Jackson Road reported that a victim alleged the 28-year-old suspect had fired a gun three times. The deputy found the suspect holding a shotgun and ordered him to lay it down. The man tried to resist being arrested, but the deputy managed to place him in handcuffs. A search of the man turned up two knives and a baggie of what was suspected to be marijuana in the man’s pocket. The report said he resisted arrest again as deputies tried to place him in a patrol car, and that they had to subdue him with a Taser. Deputies charged the man with resisting arrest, assaulting a police officer, possession of marijuana, simple assault, and assault of a high and aggravated nature.

Deputies stopped an 18-year-old Lugoff man Saturday afternoon who had just graduated from high school and was apparently set to celebrate. A deputy reported making a traffic stop for speeding on Pinegrove Road and found four cases of beer, an 18-pack of beer, a open bottle of vodka and marijuana paraphernalia in the pickup truck. The report said the driver freely admitted the offenses and was written citations rather than being taken into custody due to his cooperation.

A deputy arrested a Camden woman on Friday for public disorderly conduct and assaulting an officer. The KCSO report said the woman was intoxicated, yelling and cursing loudly on Quail Lane. A deputy tried to arrest her when she refused to calm down. She allegedly threw her wallet and struck the deputy in the faced. The deputy subdued the woman with pepper spray and arrested her.

Two ninth-grade students at a county high school were found in possession of a weapon on Friday. A KCSO report said another student reported her cell phone missing and that the two boys may have been involved. A subsequent search of the boys found one had a box cutter and the other had a pocketknife, both violations of the school district’s weapons policy.    

The KCSO also reported investigating 12 thefts, eight burglaries and seven assaults, making five arrests for public disorderly conduct, five for driving under the influence and four for possession of marijuana, three for driving under suspension, two for possession of drugs other than marijuana and one case each of assault, criminal domestic violence, trespassing, vandalism and driving without a license.

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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