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Law enforcement report - Feb. 9, 2011

KCSO investigating more auto break-ins

Posted: February 8, 2011 5:15 p.m.
Updated: February 9, 2011 5:00 a.m.

The Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) is investigating more automobile break-ins, this time along Wildwood Lane in the Lugoff-Elgin area, with a few more off of U.S. 1.

On Feb. 1, a man living on Sand Oak Drive in the Conifer Acres subdivision said someone entered his and his wife’s unlocked vehicles. A purse and wallet were stolen and both vehicles rummaged through. Some of the items were found in a neighboring yard. A short time later, a man at a Wildwood Lane address less than a mile away reported someone broke out the driver’s side window of his truck and stole a computer, GPS device, carton of cigarettes, brief case, two cameras and $200.

A few doors down, another man said he was going to bed around midnight and heard a noise. Around 9 a.m., he noticed a one of his truck’s windows was broken out, but nothing was missing. Still on Wildwood Lane but toward Ridgeway Road, a man reported someone stole a .380 caliber handgun from his truck.

The next day, another man living close by on Wildwood Lane reported someone knocked out the rear window to his truck and stole a .270 caliber rifle and GPS device.

The day after that, a man living at a Bud Circle, Elgin, address off U.S. 1 said the driver’s side window to his truck was broken out. Removed from the vehicle but not taken was a box of tools from his truck’s tool box. About a block away, on Rosewalk Lane, a woman said someone went into her SUV and ripped out an electronics package including a GPS device, Bluetooth device and stereo.

A few days later, a man on Rosewalk Lane said his neighbors contacted him about two bags found in their back yard. They turned out to be emergency roadside kits stolen from his truck. He then checked his truck and found that his GPS device had been stolen.

Finally, on Wildwood Lane, another man may have caught the perpetrators on tape. Sometime between Feb. 1 and 5, someone went through his truck and took his GPS device. The incident was caught on tape. A CD of the recording was turned over to investigators.

The KCSO reported the following other incidents during the period of Jan. 31 - Feb. 6:

A 26-year-old Elgin man was arrested after allegedly assaulting his mother at her Gardner Street, Camden, home, and being found in possession of marijuana and a controlled substance. The mother told deputies her son had arrived a little after midnight and that they got into an argument after she asked him to quiet down and go to sleep. She claimed he threw a drawer across the living room and then slapped her.  She said he had taken her stereo apart in an effort to steal it. Dispatch informed deputies the man had five outstanding warrants against him. They searched but were unable to find him. A short time later, deputies were called back to the home. When they arrived, they found him banging on the front door trying to get in. He was arrested and found to be carrying a small amount of marijuana and a single dose of Lortab. After being handcuffed, the man tried to run and became combative with deputies. On the way to the jail, he allegedly threatened to stab the deputy and said if he saw him on the street, he would kill him.

An Elgin woman reported a 23-year-old Cleveland, Tenn., woman walked into her house without permission and demanded she turn over her daughter, whom the victim was babysitting. During an ensuing argument, the subject called her uncle, also listed as being from Cleveland, Tenn. The victim said the man arrived and held her back while the younger woman went and got the child. He then allegedly pushed her into a room and held the door closed to keep her from interfering. The suspects then reportedly left at a high rate of speed. Pending charges listed on the KCSO report against the couple included burglary and simple assault.

A 30-year-old Cassatt man allegedly attacked the mother of his children and her husband when they met to exchange the children for visitation. The victims said the man was drunk and the woman decided not to have the children go with him. He then “went crazy,” they said, using a beer bottle to bust out the driver’s side window of their truck. The male victim was cut on the left ear and neck. Then suspect then allegedly took a piece of the bottle and threw it into the truck at the woman, who was cut on her left hand. EMS was called to the scene and treated the woman; the male victim was transported to the hospital.

Four middle school students were suspended following a fight in the courtyard that apparently stemmed from several days earlier when a fifth student was hit in the head with a rock. One of the suspended juveniles admitted to being the one who threw the rock. In an unrelated incident several days later, two female high school students were suspended and charged with disturbing schools after a fight that caused injuries to both girls.

A 29-year-old Camden man was arrested and charged with narcotics violations after his car was observed weaving back and forth between lanes on Cheraw Road. As a deputy approached the vehicle during a subsequent traffic stop, he could smell the odor of marijuana. A search of the vehicle turned up small bag of what appeared to be powder cocaine, a grinder and a scale with a white powdery substance on it.

A 59-year-old Bethune man said a 52-year-old man beat him with a pipe after he refused to give the subject money. Deputies caught up to the man, who claimed he was acting in self defense. Both men were told to go home, but the suspect began yelling threats at the victim and was placed under arrest for public disorderly conduct.

Someone entered a Ballfield Road, Camden, home through a bedroom window and stole a DVD player, video game console, six games and $75. The victim said this was the fourth time since November someone has broken into the home.

A man living on Cook Road in Lugoff said his daughter woke him up around 5 a.m. saying someone was trying to get in the house.

Four young people from Arkansas and Mississippi are thought to have stolen a South Carolina commercial farm work truck from where it was parked by a U.S. 1 South, Lugoff, hotel.

A 34-year-old Camden man allegedly hit his girlfriend in the head with her iPad during a fight. The man also reportedly grabbed her journal and left with both items.

A Cassatt woman said she received obscene text messages, the most recent of which included a picture of a male’s private area.

Someone pried open the front door to a Nuthatch Road home in Lugoff and stole a TV, video game console, some jewelry and rifles.

Someone entered a Chesnut Street, Camden, home and stole a TV, grandfather clock, TV table and two table lamps.

The KCSO is investigating claims that a 17-year-old boy has been fondling his 16-year-old sister.

A student found small package of marijuana in a high school bathroom.

County deputies also assisted other agencies, served bench warrants and dealt with 16 larceny; 11 simple assault; 10 public disorderly conduct; six vandalism; five harassing or obscene phone call; four trespassing; three criminal domestic violence, simple possession of marijuana and swindle; two driving under suspension and identify theft; and one death, disturbing schools, intimidation, missing person, motor vehicle theft, no driver’s license, prowler, shoplifting and theft from a motor vehicle.

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Two men were arrested after a car chase ended with shots being fired on Eighteenth Street around 7 p.m. Jan. 31.

According to a Camden Police Department (CPD) report, officers were notified of shots being fired at a vehicle on Eighteenth Street. The man making the report met officers at CPD headquarters while other officers searched the area. The man said he was having an argument with the mother of his child when she left the residence. He said he followed her to Dicey Ford Road where he saw a black Chevrolet Impala attempt to pick her up. She apparently decided not to get in the car when she noticed him watching her. The man said he decided to follow the vehicle -- which he claimed sped up to between 60 and 80 mph -- onto Lyttleton, Broad and Chesnut streets before it made a U-turn and then onto Eighteenth Street.

There, the man said, the driver, identified as a 27-year-old Camden man, allegedly got out and opened fire on the victim’s truck. He said the first shot missed and then the suspect fired twice as he tried to speed away. One of the shots reportedly struck the victim’s truck, shattering the rear glass just above his son’s car seat. He managed to move his son to the front seat and then drove to CPD headquarters.

The victim was charged with unlawful conduct toward a child for putting his son at risk while chasing after the suspect. The suspect was later arrested and charged with two counts of first degree assault (formerly known as assault and battery with intent to kill).

The CPD reported the following other incidents during the period of Jan. 31-Feb. 6:

KershawHealth and a Broad Street pharmacy reported two forged prescriptions, one for Lortab, the other for Percocet. In the Lortab case, KershawHealth emergency department personnel reported that a 29-year-old Kershaw man had been given a prescription for 20 Lortab when he was discharged. A short time later, they received a call from the pharmacy saying “20” had been scratched out and replaced by “60.” The pharmacy did not honor the prescription. The man had not been arrested at the time of the report. In the Percocet case, officers were dispatched to the pharmacy where a 39-year-old Lugoff woman was trying to obtain 120 tablets of the drug. The pharmacy had called the doctors office listed on the prescription and learned no prescription for any amount of Percocet had been written. The woman was arrested and charged with obtaining drugs by fraud.

A 22-year-old Camden man allegedly threaten to shoot several people in a car he claimed pulled out in front of him on S.C. 34 and made rude gestures at him. The victims, however, said they had just pulled out of a video store parking lot when the suspect blew his horn and made rude gestures at them. They said he stopped in the middle of the road near East DeKalb and Roberts streets, forcing them to go around him. One of the victims claimed that as they passed him, the suspect started yelling that he had a pistol and was going to “blow (his) brains out.” No one was arrested.

A 47-year-old Lugoff man was arrested and charged with driving under the influence (second offense) and transport with broken seal after he reportedly almost struck two vehicles on U.S. 1 as he approached Camden. A deputy pulled in behind the man as he passed a West DeKalb Street store and proceeded to follow him all the way into downtown Camden, stopping him on York Street near Market Street.

A 51-year-old Elgin man arrested by the KCSO on unspecified charges Saturday was additionally charged by the CPD after being booked at the county jail. While being stripped searched, two objects fell from his sock -- a small plastic bag with crack cocaine and a small, foil-wrapped cigar with marijuana.

A 30-year-old Camden man allegedly stole his mother’s car from an Eighteenth Street location. It was later involved in a car chase with S.C. Highway Patrol troopers. The man reportedly abandoned the vehicle on Collins Circle and got away.

Someone broke into a Hasty Road apartment and stole 100 CDs, portable DVD player, video game console, two baseball hats and $550 in jewelry.

Someone broke into a Ballfield Road storage unit and stole two flat screen TVs and DVD player.

Camden officers also assisted other agencies, served bench warrants and dealt with four public disorderly conduct; three third degree (simple) assault; two malicious injury to property; and one assault by intimidation, missing person, trespassing and vandalism.

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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