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Crime Report - Aug. 20, 2014

Shots fired near Camden apartments

Posted: August 19, 2014 4:35 p.m.
Updated: August 20, 2014 5:00 a.m.

Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) deputies answered a call of shots fired near a Camden apartment complex on Aug. 14.

A KCSO report said the alleged incident happened the night before when a man and woman had an argument over rumors the woman had supposedly been spreading about the man’s girlfriend. The woman called her boyfriend and he came with two other men. The man in the dispute with the woman left, walking across a nearby field, then walked near a corner of the apartment building, where he saw one of the other men holding a pistol and raising it toward him.

He reported the gunman ran across the field and then fired five times back toward him, according to the report.

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

Two trailers were reported stolen during the past week. The first KCSO report, dated Aug. 12, said an employee of an auto repair shop on Jefferson Davis Highway in Camden arrived for work and found a gate destroyed and a 17-foot 1986 black flatbed trailer with a winch on the front and ramps on the back missing. The report said the trailer was worth $5,000. The second report listed a trailer as being stolen from Bethune on Friday. The KCSO report said the property owner was away, but called the KCSO after he was told by another man who cuts his grass that the trailer was gone when he went to mow that day. The yard man said the trailer was there when he mowed two weeks earlier. The trailer is 5-feet by 10-feet with 4-foot side rails, a lift gate on the back and small tires with four-lug white rims. The report said it is worth $2,000.

An Elgin man called deputies on Sunday to complain about nearby residents shooting guns. The deputy reported he told the man he would check on it, but could not make the shooting stop if it was being done responsibly, as there is no law against that. He found the shooters and saw they had been firing downhill, nowhere in the direction of any house or person. The report said the men were shooting at plywood that was 4 inches thick, angled in such a way that any bullets that got through went into the ground. The deputy reported they were being safe and causing no harm. He reported calling the complainant with his findings, but that the man “was still not happy with the disposition of the call.”

A Camden resident reported a stolen car on Saturday. A KCSO report said the 2007 Dodge Charger went missing from a Carter Lane home sometime between 11:15 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. Saturday. The report said the victim told deputies the payments were current on the $10,000 car.

The KCSO also reported 18 thefts, eight arrests for possession of marijuana, seven for driving under the influence, six assaults, five burglaries, four cases each of public disorderly conduct, malicious injury to property and vandalism, three reports each of shoplifting and criminal domestic violence, two incidents each of threats, trespassing, open container, driving under suspension, harassment and breach of trust and one report each for forgery, breach of peace, driving without a license and possession of heroin.

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A Springdale Drive business reported the theft of a trailer to the Camden Police Department (CPD) on Aug. 12.

The CPD report said the business rents the trailer out and an employee noticed it was missing a week earlier. He said he checked rental records and found the trailer had not been rented since July 23. Video surveillance of the store showed a vehicle hook up to the trailer and drive away with it July 27. The report said it is a red, 7-foot by 12-foot trailer with breakaway tongue and double gates on the back. It is valued at $3,500, according to the report.

The CPD also reported three assaults, and one case each of identity theft, drunkenness, vandalism 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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