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Crime Report - July 30, 2014

KCSO investigates missing person reports

Posted: July 29, 2014 5:54 p.m.
Updated: July 30, 2014 5:00 a.m.

The Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) investigated two missing persons cases recently.

In the first incident, a man reported his 31-year-old son missing on Sunday. According to a KCSO report, the man’s father said it’s not unusual for his son to away from home from Friday through Sunday. However, he became worries when his son didn’t come home Sunday. He said no other family members had heard from his son. He said his son spends time in the Spartanburg/Greenville area and a “be on the lookout” alert was issued for Kershaw, Richland and Lexington counties, the S.C. Highway Patrol and the Spartanburg/Greenville area, the report said.

The second report involved a missing 33-year-old Lugoff woman, also on Sunday. The report said the woman’s sister contacted deputies and said the woman’s husband told her she was missing and feared she could be in danger. He said she had been out to a Richland County nightclub, went to the restroom and was not seen again. The woman’s family said they feared a 37-year-old man with whom the woman had previous domestic problems may be responsible for her disappearance and might do her harm, the report said.

The KCSO reported the other following incidents during the period of July 21-27:

Deputies recovered a stolen car after an Elgin recycling center employee called with suspicions about someone trying to sell the car for scrap metal. The KCSO report said a man went to the center driving a pickup truck and pulling a Ford Mustang on a tow dolly. The man claimed it was an older model car, but the employee thought the car was newer. The employee tried to check the vehicle identification number on the car, but discovered it had been obliterated and called the KCSO. When a deputy arrived, the suspect fled, leaving the 2013 Mustang behind. The deputy learned the car had been reported stolen in June out of Richland County. The staff at the recycling center said they recognized the suspect and identified him for the KCSO.

The KCSO responded to the scene of a fight Friday night where witnesses said a man pointed a gun at the man he was fighting and toward a crowd of bystanders. The report said the 25-year-old suspect left before deputies arrived at the Camden home. Witnesses said the suspect was not invited to the party and that an altercation broke out during which the man the suspect was fighting produced a knife. The suspect reportedly retrieved the handgun from his truck and brandished it. Witnesses tried to take away the man’s gun and keys, as he was heavily intoxicated, they reported. They managed to get the gun, but the suspect drove away, hitting another vehicle as he did, according to the report.

The owner of a convenience store on U.S. 1 in Cassatt allegedly pointed a handgun at a customer on July 23. A KCSO report said the customer said he had asked the store owner the price of tapes. The victim said when he took some to the counter, the owner gave a different price and then cursed at him. The victim said that as he was leaving the store, the proprietor pulled out a black pistol and pointed it at him. The store owner claimed, however, that the customer was the aggressor and that he only pulled out the gun and laid it on the counter, according to the report.

A Precipice Road, Camden resident reported the theft of more than $5,550 in jewelry and cash Saturday. The victim told deputies she was away from the home a short time and returned to find the back door forced open. She said $250 was missing from a bedroom, $400 from another bedroom and several pieces of jewelry. The report said a footprint was visible on the back door but there were no footprints or a trail in the yard.

A Gary Road, Camden resident reported a stolen motorcycle on Friday. The victim told a responding deputy the bike was taken from a storage building behind home sometime between July 22 and Friday. The motorcycle is described as a red and black Suzuki GSXR-1000.

The KCSO also reported 14 theft reports, eight cases of vandalism, six reports each of harassment and public disorderly conduct, five burglaries, four arrests for possession of marijuana, two arrests for manufacturing marijuana, two for driving under suspension, two incidents of criminal domestic violence and one report each of open container, driving under the influence, trespassing and passing a counterfeit bill.


Camden Police Department (CPD) officers escorted two intoxicated passengers off a train on July 22.

The CPD is warning the public of a telephone scam in which a caller says they need money because a relative of the person being called is in jail and needs bail money. A July 22 CPD report said an 84-year-old woman received such a call, supposedly about her grandson. She checked with other family members and learned the story was false. The suspect’s phone number appeared on the woman’s caller ID. An officer tried to call it, but got no answer, the report said.

A CPD report said a 27-year-old man and 51-year-old woman, both from Okeechobee, Fla., caused a disturbance on the train and officials asked them to disembark. Train personnel called the CPD as a precaution, but the report said the pair left the train without incident, with a CPD officer giving them the phone number for a local cab company.

The CPD also reported three arrests for driving without a license, two arrests for possession of marijuana, two counterfeit bills passed and one case each of forgery, shoplifting and drunkenness.

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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