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Suspected burglar caught shortly after theft, chase

Posted: June 18, 2015 4:11 p.m.
Updated: June 19, 2015 1:00 a.m.
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Annette Nelson

Camden police arrested an Eastover man early Saturday morning on charges of burglary of a business and failure to stop for police after he fled from a crime scene trying to escape the officer and wrecking the vehicle.

According to a Camden Police Department (CPD) report, the officer answered a burglar alarm call at a Springdale Drive business. He reported the front of the store appeared normal, but as he circled the building he met an approaching vehicle which accelerated past him and drove behind another business nearby. The officer followed the vehicle, which eventually went north on Springdale Drive. The officer reported minimal traffic at the time and the chase reached speeds up to 90 mph.

The chase continued on Cornwallis Avenue and ended on Marietta Lake Drive when the driver drove down a steep embankment and struck a tree. According to the report, Quincy Ricardo Goodwin, 33, of Cate Road, Eastover, tried to run away, but was ordered to the ground at gunpoint and complied. Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrived to assist with Goodwin’s arrested. The CPD is charging him with possession of burglary tools, petit larceny less than $2,000 and unlawful entry into an enclosed space.

The driver, Tyrone Anthony Baldwin, of Condale Lane, Hopkins, eluded capture and is being sought by police on charges of possession of burglary tools, petit larceny less than $2,000, malicious injury to real property more than $2,000 and failure to stop for blue lights.

Officers could not find registration information in the vehicle, but did find a brand new garden tiller with tags and warranty information still attached in the rear seat. At the store where the chase began, officers found a fence around a storage area had been cut and a tiller had been stolen. The report said a dirt bike had also been removed from the yard but not loaded into the car.

A purse was found with a woman’s South Carolina driver’s license and a S.C. Department of Motor Vehicles check found her to be the registered owner. A short time later, the Richland County Sheriff’s Office contacted the CPD and said the car had been reported stolen in Richland County.

Wednesday, CPD Chief Joe Floyd said further investigation found the car had not really been stolen and authorities had arrested the woman, Annette Nelson, 57, also of Eastover, on a charge of obstruction of justice. Floyd said she let Goodwin and Baldwin use her car knowing what they had planned.

CPD Lt. Herbie Frazier said Nelson is also wanted for her possible involvement in crimes in Newberry and Sumter counties. Floyd said Goodwin is also a suspect in other thefts from the same business, nearby businesses and crimes committed in other counties.

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