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Crime Report - Aug. 27, 2014

KCSO investigates possible arson of Bethune home

Posted: August 26, 2014 7:30 p.m.
Updated: August 27, 2014 6:00 a.m.

Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) investigators are looking into a suspicious fire at a mobile home in Bethune that took place Aug. 21.

A KCSO report said a deputy responded to the fire scene and was told by firefighters that a resident said he thought he heard voices outside the home just before the fire broke out.

The resident’s mother, who also lived there but was not home at the time of the fire, arrived. She said her husband had been arrested earlier that day on a criminal domestic violence charge and she believed he had someone set the fire as revenge.

The KCSO reported the other following incidents during the period of Aug. 18-24:

A Lugoff man reported his vehicle was stolen Sunday after he left it broken down at U.S. 601 and Brevard Road in Lugoff. A KCSO report said after the 2008 Jeep stopped running, the owner called the warranty company to arrange to have it towed to the Jeep dealer in Lugoff. The warranty company reportedly contacted a local towing company to retrieve the $15,000 Jeep. They arrived with the victim at 4:49 p.m. and the vehicle was gone. The owner called the warranty company to be sure they had not already had it towed and they had not. He also checked with the KCSO and S.C. Highway Patrol and found neither agency had removed the Jeep from the roadside, according to the report.

Deputies arrested a 40-year-old Camden man Aug. 20 for criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature after he allegedly attacked his 43-year-old wife with a knife during an argument at their Albert Street residence. The report said the could had separated and recently attempted to reconcile. The man allegedly slammed the woman’s head into the floor, causing a cut above her eye, and swung the knife at her, resulting in a cut to her upper abdomen. Deputies found the man passed out on a bed; he claimed he didn’t remember the assault.

A Lexington man reported his 2006 Honda Aquacraft jet ski, worth $10,000, was stolen from a Ridgeway home at Lake Wateree sometime overnight Saturday or early Sunday. The KCSO report said the victim said he last saw the jet ski at the Lake Road home around 9 p.m. Saturday and it was missing at 6:30 a.m. Sunday. Neighbors said they didn’t see or anything suspicious during the night.

The KCSO also reported 17 thefts, 11 burglaries, nine assaults, four reports each of vandalism, criminal domestic violence and breach of peace, three arrests for possession of marijuana and three cases of harassment, two incidents of public disorderly conduct and one each of driving under the influence, possession of cocaine, threats, shoplifting, driving under suspension and possession of crack cocaine.

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A West DeKalb Street drug store reported a robbery Aug. 15. A CPD report said a store clerk told officers a man had purchased a 50-cent bag of chips and left the store, then returned a short time later to buy a soft drink and snack cake. When the clerk opened the cash drawer, the man reportedly reached in and grabbed approximately $250 before running from the store. The report said store surveillance showed the man and he was arrested the following day.

The Camden Police Department (CPD) reported the theft of a trailer from a local business Aug. 15. A CPD report said the 16-foot long black single-car trailer was taken from a Mill Street real estate office sometime between Aug. 11 and 15. The victim said he had parked a truck in front of the trailer to block access to it and he wasn’t sure if the truck had been moved. The report said the trailer was worth $4,000.

The CPD also reported four thefts, three arrests for driving under the influence, three reports of vandalism, two assaults, two cases of forged checks, two open containers, and one incident each of harassment, breach of trust, shoplifting, possession of marijuana, driving under suspension, driving without a license, drunkenness, identity theft, public disorderly conduct and a counterfeit bill.

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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