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Crime Report - Nov. 10, 2015

Deputies confiscate gun, forcibly enter apartment

Posted: November 9, 2015 4:39 p.m.
Updated: November 10, 2015 1:00 a.m.

Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) seized a gun found in a purse outside an Elgin apartment during the early morning hours of Nov. 4 and then had to force their way into the apartment to make sure nobody had been hurt.

According to a KCSO report, a deputy responded to the apartment complex on U.S. 1 outside Elgin due to a disturbance called in by neighboring residents. One of the callers said they saw a purse outside the door to the apartment. When the deputy arrived, he saw the purse outside the door, looked down into it and saw a 9mm semi-automatic pistol. The deputy knocked on the door several times, but no one answered.

The deputy then noticed several spent 9mm shell casings around the door to the apartment and called another deputy to assist. They both knocked on the door several more times and checked other doors and windows, finding them all to be locked. They also tried to contact a property manager, but could not locate any contact information for them.

Due to the multiple disturbance calls and finding the pistol and spent shell casings, the deputies decided it was necessary to enter the apartment. One of the deputies kicked the door in, damaging the door frame. They cleared the apartment and found no one inside. The reporting deputy then retrieved the purse and found a wallet identifying a 32-year-old woman. While he photographed the scene, another deputy found a 38-year-old man behind the apartments identifying himself as the woman’s boyfriend. He said he and the woman argued until she left, leaving her phone and keys with him. At this point, deputies re-secured the door as best they could and called a number from which the woman reportedly called the man.

The woman who answered the phone refused to meet with the deputy, claiming she was under the impression she would be going to jail for something her boyfriend had called deputies about. However, on the afternoon of Nov. 4, the woman provided a statement claiming her boyfriend picked her up by the neck during their argument and then grabbed her by her arms to throw her out of the apartment. She said as soon as he reached her porch, he started to bang on her front door demanding she let him in. She said she fired three shots into the grass so he would leave her alone.

Deputies had not arrested anyone at the time of the report.

The KCSO reported the following other recent incidents:

Deputies are seeking the whereabouts of a 25-year-old Elgin man who fled on foot after being stopped for DUI while driving a moped on Wildwood Lane on Oct. 31. A deputy saw the black moped with two people on board moving from one side of a lane to another in a reckless manner. He then saw the driver slow down, lower his feet and then travel through the intersection of Wildwood Lane and Richardson Boulevard without stopping at a stop sign. While the deputy gathered additional information, the man took off running down Wildwood Lane and into a yard. Other deputies arrived on the scene, but due to it being Halloween with numerous children in the area, the search was called off. The KCSO’s report indicated warrants have been drawn to charge the man with disregarding a stop sign, no moped license and public disorderly conduct. The report also indicated the man is a habitual offender who has been convicted of several DUIs and driving under suspension.

Deputies arrested a 35-year-old Lugoff man and 41-year-old Columbia on various charges stemming from a disturbance at the man’s Lugoff home. According to a KCSO report, the man’s 34-year-old live-in girlfriend was downstairs with a male witness when she heard noises from upstairs and went to investigate. She said she found her boyfriend and the other woman, leading to an argument. During the argument, the woman’s boyfriend allegedly put her in a choke hold. Deputies arrested him for domestic violence. The victim said she did not know the other woman and wanted her to leave. When deputies told the older woman she needed leave, she reportedly began to yell and scream in the front yard, leading deputies to arrest her for public disorderly conduct. During a search of her belongings after her arrest, deputies found some Schedule IV narcotics for which she could not provide a prescription and charged her accordingly.

Surveillance footage at a U.S. 601 convenience store shows two men getting into a silver 2004 Buick LeSabre belonging to a Lugoff man and driving off toward I-20. According to a KCSO report, the victim left his keys in the car when he went into the store. Footage shows the two men entered the store to purchase some items before getting in the victim’s car. The men are described as African - American, between 18 to 25 years of age. The man who drove the car was wearing a red and black hoodie with a gold “V” on the front and “XIII” on the back, camouflage shorts with white sneakers and stood about 5 feet 7 inches to 5 feet 11 inches tall. The second man also wore a black hoodie with white writing on the front, a black and white skull cap, black shorts and black sneakers. The victim said his cellphone and different kinds of tools from work were in the car when he was stolen.

Deputies arriving at a Cameron Lane, Lugoff residence Oct. 31 where a man claimed his ex-wife and/or a friend of hers tried to set fire to his home, met with a female subject attempting to leave the scene. The woman claimed she was dropping off some dog food; a deputy described her as appearing nervous in the report. As they approached the residence, deputies noticed fire damage to the lining of an unfinished addition on the front of the residence. The man living there led deputies to a smoldering black trash bag which appeared to have been set on fire. The victim was able to quickly extinguish the fire with no reportable damage to the home, although it did fill up with smoke. Deputies took a gas can into evidence which they found near the burned exterior.

An Elgin woman reported someone took her white 2006 Chrysler Sebring from the yard of her Eskie Dixon Road apartment between 8 p.m. Oct. 29 and 2:30 a.m. Oct. 30. A deputy found the car at the intersection of Eskie Dixon and Watts Hill roads where it had run into a ditch and had significant front end damage. The KCSO also took a report of a hit and run at U.S. 1 and Elgin Estates around 11:30 p.m. Oct. 29. The vehicle which left the scene was described as a white sedan which made a left turn on to Watts Hill Road toward Eskie Dixon Road.

A Camden woman claims an Elgin woman stole more than $2,000 worth of her belongings from the trunk of her car while she was in the process of moving in with the other woman Oct. 29. The victim said the Elgin woman was driving her car while she drove a moving truck. She said the Elgin woman apparently ran out of gas and the car was subsequently towed. The victim said when she recovered the car, the bags -- containing a laptop, tablet devices, smartwatch, tennis shoes and miscellaneous clothing -- were gone.

The owner of a McBee Highway, Jefferson store in Kershaw County is accusing three employees, ranging in age from 16 to 57, of stealing and scanning lottery tickets. The owner provided surveillance footage to a deputy and a S.C. State Law Enforcement Division agent representing the S.C. Lottery Commission showing the suspects taking the tickets without paying for them and scanning them while working to see if they were winning. The store owner also said the suspects have either taken or given away other merchandise.

The Department of Social Services (DSS) informed the KCSO of three alleged child neglect cases involving drugs. In one case, a 33-year-old woman gave birth to a baby who tested positive for cocaine. In another case, a 16-year-old girl gave birth to a baby who tested positive for marijuana. In the third case, a 30-year-old woman tested positive for marijuana while she was pregnant. DSS told a deputy that woman’s baby did not test positive for marijuana, but the agency is waiting for further tests to come back.

A Columbia man reported someone stole his bass boat with 90 horsepower motor, the trailer it was on and the silver 2010 Chevrolet HHR he was using to tow it from a small dirt area on Fort Jackson Road near U.S. 601 on Nov. 1. The man said he stopped there because he struck an unknown object on I-20 near the 92 mile marker causing the right rear tires on the vehicle and boat trailer to deflate. The HHR, boat, trailer and some fishing gear are valued at more than $25,000.

A woman who had to evacuate her Barfield Road, Elgin home during October’s historic flood reported someone stole numerous items sometime before Nov. 1. The missing items include 100 or more concrete landscaping cylinders, two hand trucks, two 6-foot A-frame ladders, a 20-foot extension ladder, space heater, two drawers full of silverware, a 30-inch TV, surround sound system, mini-bike with two rear side-by-side tires and a trailer.

The supervisor of a Lugoff paving company reported the theft of more than half a tank of gasoline from a 1,000-gallon fuel tank located on its property. The supervisor said he suspects an employee arrested in Cayce on drug and larceny charges while driving one of the company’s trucks. He said when he picked up the truck, he found the fuel tank’s cut lock inside the truck. A plant manager also reported a missing acetylene cutting torch.

On Oct. 31, a deputy responded to a John Munn Road, Bethune residence where a 28-year-old Camden man was involved in an accident while riding a four-wheeler. According a KCSO report, the man was intoxicated and tried to “show off” to friends when he wrecked. A crowd of apparently intoxicated bystanders attempted to interfere with EMS’ treatment of the man, who was ultimately airlifted to a Columbia hospital.

A woman said her ex-husband showed up at and entered her home Nov. 2, took away her phone when she tried to call 911 and struck her in the head with an object. After being treated at the hospital, the woman and deputies returned to the home where she noticed her son’s car missing. She admitted she left the keys on a table and believes her ex-husband took the car.

Someone broke into a Payne Pond Road, Westville home sometime between Oct. 28 and Oct. 30 by prying open the front door. Once inside, the burglars stole a safe and DVD player. The safe contained a .32 caliber pistol, wallet, personal papers, bag of gold coins, two diamond rings and some medication.

While ticketing the driver of a car traveling 97 mph in a 55 mph zone on Bishopville Highway on Nov. 1, a deputy learned a 51-year-old male passenger was wanted out of Georgia for a probation violation. The deputy arrested the man and had him held pending extradition to Georgia.

Someone stole a 16-foot trailer from beside a shop behind a Bethune Road, Bethune home either late on Nov. 4 or early Nov. 5. The trailer had a 10,000 pound winch inside.

The KCSO is looking into allegations a recently deceased 85-year-old woman was either neglected or abused by a family member taking care of her before her death.

Someone stole a riding lawn mower, weed trimmer and leaf blower with a combined worth of just more than $2,000 from a Dolan Lane, Liberty Hill home on Oct. 30.

Someone kicked in the door to a Wateree Dam Road, Lugoff home and stole $250 in quarters from a large souvenir beer bottle and 60 Oxycodone pills.

Someone pushed in a window air conditioning unit at a Spring Drive, Lugoff residence in order to gain entry and stole some medication Oct. 29.

The KCSO is looking into allegations an 18-year-old boy posted nude photos of his 16-year-old ex-girlfriend on Facebook after they broke up.

Someone pried open the door to a camper on Jefferson Davis Highway in east Camden and stole a TV and laptop on Oct. 30.

A Lugoff woman reported $10,000 cash stolen from out of a safe at her home.

County deputies also assisted other agencies, including one accident, and dealt with 14 cases of larceny; 11 cases of assault; eight cases of domestic violence; six cases each of breaking and entering into and/or theft from a motor vehicle, simple possession of marijuana and vandalism or malicious injury to property; five cases each of burglary, DUI and open container; four cases each of driving under suspension, harassment, public disorderly conduct and trespassing; three cases each of alleged child abuse and suicide or attempted suicide; two cases each of ATM/credit card fraud, breach of trust, death, shoplifting, stalking and violation of an order of protection or no contact; and one case each of breach of peace, counterfeit, forgery, hit and run, identify theft or fraud, license plate violation, mail tampering, missing person, possession of a Schedule IV substance, runaway,  and uninsured motor vehicle.

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The Camden Police Department (CPD) reported the following recent incidents:

Camden officers arrested a York County man for forgery after he tried to deposit a fraudulent check at a Rutledge Street credit union. A CPD incident report identified the arrested man as Kennis Walters Lang, 27, of Rock Hill. A branch manager said Lang attempted to deposit the check he said was for his cousin. When a teller asked Lang for his identification, he left after the check had been deposited. The teller told officers she recognized Lang from a picture posted at the credit union in relation to fraudulent check activity and withdrew the money from the account before Lang left the building. A person matching Lang’s description is thought to be responsible for passing fraudulent checks at branches of the same credit union in Florence, Lugoff and West Columbia. Online Kershaw County Detention Center records still listed Lang as being detained, but provided no further information concerning bond or the exact charges filed against him.

Someone broke out the rear passenger side window of a Ford Ranger parked on Sarsfield Avenue and stole a loaded rifle with scope attached. The reporting officer noted the thief did not take ammunition for the rifle nor some medication which were also in the truck.

A man living on Campbell Street said a male relative pried open his the door to his room to look for drugs, but when he didn’t find any, stole a $100 bill.

Camden officers also dealt with two cases of disturbing school; and one case each of drug equipment violations, no driver’s license, open container, public disorderly conduct, scam and simple possession of marijuana.

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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