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Crime Report - Jan. 21, 2015

Four-wheeler, copper and horse thefts in county

Posted: January 20, 2015 5:41 p.m.
Updated: January 21, 2015 1:00 a.m.

The Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) responded to separate calls involving the theft of a four-wheeler from Elgin, copper wiring from a cell phone tower near Camden and a horse near the Kershaw County airport.

Someone stole a Honda four-wheeler from a White Pond Road, Elgin residence Jan. 14. According to a KCSO report, the victim told a deputy the four-wheeler had been parked beside the home, but was gone when they got home from work around 5:30 p.m. that day. The deputy reported finding footprints and tire tracks at the scene, and took photographs for evidence. The vehicle is listed as worth $4,000 in the report.

A Verizon Wireless employee reported the theft of stolen copper from a McRae Road, Camden cell phone tower, also on Jan. 14. The employee said he arrived at the tower that morning and noticed a conduit wire out of place, making him realize the copper wire had been taken from the conduit at two points on the tower. The man told deputies the gate was locked when he arrived, but also said several companies have the code to unlock it.

A Red Fox Road, Camden resident reported the theft of a horse Jan. 15. According to a KCSO report, the woman said she went out to the farm area of her property to feed her horses and noticed one missing. She said she believed an ex-boyfriend took the horse, according to the report. The horse is described as gray in color, and is worth $10,000.

The KCSO reported the following other incident during the period of Jan. 12-18:

Deputies arrested a Charlotte, N.C., man early Saturday after he tried to elude deputies on foot and resisted arrest when caught. According to a KCSO report, a deputy saw the man’s 1999 BMW turn without signaling on Cheraw Road. The deputy attempted to stop the car and 43-year-old Juan Ramon Mejia Portillo jumped out and fled. The deputy reportedly tripped when he tried to chase the man, giving the suspect time to escape. Other deputies arrived to assist, and a tow truck was called to take the car. Deputies found a hard hat with the suspect’s name inside the car. Dispatchers confirmed the man was wanted on warrants from Kershaw County and for failure to stop for blue lights in Lancaster County. Deputies eventually found Portillo hiding in a crawlspace underneath a barn, covered by a tarp, and a deputy went under the barn in an effort to retrieve him, grabbing his foot. The suspect kicked the deputy in the face. The deputy reported striking the suspect several times in the face with a “closed hand strike,” allowing him to remove the man from under the barn. The deputy suffered a hand injury and was sent to the hospital for treatment. Portillo suffered facial injuries and declined treatment from EMS, who had been called to the scene. Deputies took him to the Kershaw County Detention Center and charged with assault while resisting arrest, no driver’s license and failure to use a turn signal. He is being held on $10,392.50 bond.

“Our deputies routinely are involved in this type of dangerous incident, frequently with backup that is not nearby. Fortunately, the deputy was not seriously injured and is back at work,” Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews said. “This year I hope to be more successful in hiring additional deputies so they don’t have to handle these and other dangerous situations alone.”

The KCSO also reported 11 thefts, five cases of criminal domestic violence, four reports each for assault, driving under suspension, burglary, threats and possession of marijuana, three cases each of vandalism and harassment, two reports each for public disorderly conduct, driving under the influence, criminal sexual conduct, malicious damage to property and driving without a license and one report each for identity theft, open container, shoplifting, breach of trust, possession of drugs other than marijuana, check fraud and credit card fraud.

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Someone broke into a downtown business Saturday and stole a cash register.

According to a Camden Police Department (CPD) report, a front window of the Rutledge Street business was broken. Inside, officers found a brick thought to be used to smash the window. The business owner said the register only had a small amount of cash.

According to the report, the cash register was found behind a nearby business.

The CPD reported the following other incident during the period of Jan. 12-18:

A man living on Battleship Road contacted the CPD on Friday after finding a bullet hole while doing renovations to his front porch. According to a report, the man recalled an incident where he heard gunshots around 11 p.m. on Dec. 13, 2014, near his house. He said he got out of bed, got a flashlight and a gun and went outside to investigate. The man told officers he found two men loading a deer they had just killed into a pickup truck. According to the report, the man said he held the suspects at gunpoint until a S.C. Department of Natural Resources officer arrived. The report indicated the victim did not know the names of the men who killed the deer.

The CPD also reported three thefts, three trespassing incidents, two burglaries, two assaults and one report each for vandalism, harassment, threats, weapons violation, open container and public drunkenness.

Incident reports are provided by the Camden Police Departments 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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