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Crime Report - Nov. 24, 2015

Robbers steal $5 from Elgin man

Posted: November 23, 2015 5:32 p.m.
Updated: November 24, 2015 1:00 a.m.

The Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) is searching for two men who reportedly brandished a firearm while confronting residents on Watson Drive near Elgin. The men reportedly forced one victim to give up $5.

According to two KCSO reports, around 12:40 p.m. Friday, the two men allegedly approached a man who was pressure washing his grill. The victim described one of the men as being white, about 6 feet 3 inches tall and his partner as a shorter African-American male. He said both were wearing dark jeans, black hoodies and black cloths over their faces.

He said the African-American man asked if he had any money and approached him while the white male stood back with his hand in a pocket. Although the victim said he never saw a gun, he believed the white male had one.

He said he handed over a $5 bill and the subjects ran off in the direction of a neighbor’s home. At that residence, a 17-year-old said she was outside helping her father clean out his truck when she noticed the two men. The girl said said she turned to face the white male who then lifted his shirt and showed off a firearm stuck into his waistband. They said the two men fled on foot back up the road and into some woods.

The first victim said he retrieved a firearm and got on a four-wheeler in an unsuccessful attempt to locate the subjects. He did, however, find footprints and the black cloths the men had over their faces in a vacant lot toward the Pine Ridge Apartments on U.S. 1.

The KCSO reported the following other recent incidents:

Deputies responded to Birch Road and S.C. 34 in Lugoff around 1:30 a.m. Friday due to reports of two subjects running through a residence’s yard. While in the area, a deputy spotted someone running through a trailer park on Marion Street North, but lost sight of them. A resident said he was pulling into his driveway on Birch Road when he saw a man and woman running through his yard. A deputy found a backpack laying in the yard. Inside were unused syringes, a hat, sunglasses and bag of change. The caller recognized the hat, sunglasses and change as belonging to his sister and father.

Someone stole a silver Nissan 350Z from an Oak Branch Lane residence in Elgin sometime early on Nov. 18 and wrecked it at the intersection of Wildwood Lane and Sessions Road. The victim said he’d left the keys in the car because a neighbor was looking at one of the car’s headlights. A deputy reported the hood of the car was still very warm when he arrived and there was extensive damage to all tires, the front and rear ends.

Someone broke into a 2011 Chevy Tahoe on Blue Heron Lane near Camden and stole a .45 caliber handgun with six rounds in the magazine from a lock box in the center console arm rest. A deputy reported there were notable signs of forced entry on the driver side door.

Deputies arrested two Bethune men, 48 and 45 years of age after a tip led to the discovery one had provided alcohol to the other in exchange for Xanax pills. Deputies charged both men with distribution of Schedule IV narcotics.

A Lugoff woman said an old friend of her boyfriend's drove up beside her on the U.S. 1 bridge between Camden and Lugoff and pointed a gun at her while her 2-year-old was in the car.

County deputies also dealt with nine larcenies; seven cases of vandalism or malicious injury to property; three cases each of assault, domestic violence, speeding and threats; two cases each of burglary, identity theft, public disorderly conduct, shoplifting and simple possession of marijuana; and one case each of breaking and entering a motor vehicle, disturbing school, driving under suspension, forgery, hit and run, incorrigible, open container, runaway, stalking, trespassing and use of a motor vehicle without consent.

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The Camden Police Department (CPD) is seeking the whereabouts of an unidentified man who fled from a Jordan Street home after a man and his mother drove up to find the subject trying to break into the woman’s car a little after 11 p.m. Nov. 18.

A CPD report described the suspect as an African-American man wearing a camouflage jacket. An officer spotted a man fitting the description and attempted to stop him. Other officers mounted an unsuccessful  search with assistance from the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office dog team.

It did not appear the man got into the woman’s car and no items were reported missing.

The CPD reported the following recent incidents:

The CPD is investigating a break-in at a Market Street financial credit company. According to a CPD report, someone broke out the front door glass. Inside, officers found desk drawers open from which the burglar stole some change. Desk drawers had also been opened in the manager’s office and it appeared the burglar tried to remove a desktop computer, which was found on the floor.

Camden officers arrested a 27-year-old Rembert woman for possession of drug paraphernalia after being spotted in a local bank where she had previously been suspected of bank fraud. The bank called police when the woman showed up with a 68-year-old man trying to cash a personal loan check from a finance company.

Camden officers also dealt with five cases of shoplifting; two cases of assault and larceny; and one cash each of burglary, and communicating threats.

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A white male appearing in his early 50s allegedly exposed himself several times while driving through a fast-food restaurant’s drive through.

According to an Elgin Police Department (EPD) report, the man would order a sweet tea and then drive up to the window bottomless or completely naked. The man reportedly would have his genitals covered with his hand, then laugh and expose himself while paying for the tea. This allegedly happened on three occasions, Nov. 6, 13 and 14.

The restaurant manager obtained the vehicle’s license plate number which came back to a 51-year-old male subject. According to the reporting officer, one of the restaurant’s employees described the subject “perfectly,” matching the man’s S.C. Department of Motor Vehicles pictures.

The EPD also reported the following recent incident:

An Elgin man reported his vehicle had been stolen. When an officer ran the vehicle’s information, it came back registered to the man’s wife. The man admitted he and his wife had separated, he had taken the vehicle from her in October and had been hiding it his residence. It turned out his wife found out where he’d stashed it and taken it back.

Elgin officers also dealt with two larcenies; and one case each of public disorderly conduct and simple possession of marijuana.

Incident reports are provided by the Camden and Elgin 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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