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Crime Report - April 15, 2015

Hartsville man arrested for Bethune U-Haul thefts

Posted: April 14, 2015 12:02 p.m.
Updated: April 15, 2015 1:00 a.m.
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Harley Kenworth Segars

A Hartsville man is in the Kershaw County Detention Center (KCDC) on charges related to the theft of two U-Haul trailers in Bethune after being released on bond from the Darlington County Detention Center on related charges.

Bethune Police Chief Joey Cobb reported video surveillance from the Exxon station at the corner of U.S. 1 and Hwy. 341 showed Harley Kenworth Segars, 21, take a trailer at approximately 1:15 a.m. April 5. Cobb said the fact Segars drives a distinctive bright red 1952 Dodge pickup aided in his capture. He also said he turned to a friend in Darlington for help.

“I figured there’s probably only one truck like that in the state, so I looked at the DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles). I also called a buddy who works the narcotics division for the Darlington City Police and I sent him a picture and said, ‘can you get me a name on this guy?’ It wasn’t 15 minutes until he called me back and said, ‘that’s Harley Segars.’” Cobb said.  

Darlington County officials obtained a search warrant for Segars’ property and found the stolen trailer, along with a car-hauler trailer which had also been stolen from the same Bethune business months before Cobb became Bethune’s police chief.

Segars is charged in Darlington County with possession of stolen property. Tuesday morning, Cobb said Segars had posted bond in Darlington County on Monday and was immediately taken to the KCDC.

“I got him for grand larceny, because the trailer is worth over $2,000,” Cobb said. “That’s going to be a pretty good case. That’s two good recoveries right there and it shows what happens when law enforcement works together. I want to thank the ones in Darlington County for helping me with this.”

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Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) deputies arrested an Elgin man April 7 for attempted murder after he allegedly assaulted a woman. A KCSO report identified the arrested man as 38-year-old Alexander Leroy Dixon. Online court records show he is charged with attempted murder and the unlawful neglect of a child or helpless person.

According to the KCSO report, a deputy went to Dixon’s home after a child called emergency services, said someone was hitting her mother and hung up. The deputy reported arriving to find a 29-year-old woman with torn clothing and multiple injuries and Dixon with a large stick in his hand. Deputies reported finding four children in the home when the reported attack occurred.

The woman was taken to a Richland County hospital, according to the report.

Meanwhile, a woman reported her own alleged abduction to the KCSO.

A 25-year-old Elgin woman called deputies early on April 8 and said she had been abducted by a 40-year-old Lugoff man. According to a KCSO incident report, the woman told a deputy she had been out at a bar with her mother and a friend. The man offered her a ride home and they left the bar between 2 and 3 a.m. She said they “rode around a little bit” but the man wouldn’t take her home, so she called her mother.

The woman said the man yelled at her to hang up the phone and grabbed her and she felt like he was attempting to sexually assault her. She said she jumped out of the vehicle at the intersection of Tower and Fort Jackson roads.

She said she dialed 911 while still in the vehicle and continued the call after she escaped.

The KCSO also reported 12 arrests for possession of marijuana, eight thefts, six arrests for driving under the influence, six arrests for driving under suspension, one of which was a third offense, five reports of breach of peace, four cases each of public disorderly conduct, vandalism and criminal domestic violence, three reports each of credit card fraud and harassment, two incidents each of possession of crack cocaine, burglary and assault and one report each of identity theft, possession of cocaine, breach of trust, driving without a license, making threats and unlawfully carrying a weapon.

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Camden Police Department (CPD) officers reported assisting the KCSO in a shooting incident which occurred just outside the city limits Saturday.

According to a CPD report, the initial incident happened at a Lugoff bar and the suspect vehicle was headed toward Camden. A CPD officer saw the car and made a traffic stop inside the city limits. The officer saw an open beer can in the car and could smell alcohol and marijuana.

The officer learned the driver had a suspended license from a previous DUI and the KCSO had an arrest warrant for him for DUI. A passenger claimed the open beer and the officer arrested him for open container.

A search of the car turned up a loaded .25-caliber handgun with the serial number removed hidden beneath a child’s car seat. According to the report, the passenger seated closest to the gun is a convicted felon, making possession of a gun illegal.

The CPD also reported six shopliftings, five thefts, two arrests for possession of marijuana, two burglaries, two arrests for public drunkenness and one incident each of assault, identity theft, giving false information to police, debit card fraud, making threats, possession of drug paraphernalia, malicious injury to property, a counterfeit check and an arrest on an outstanding warrant.

 Incident reports are provided by the Bethune and 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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