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Crime Report - Dec. 22, 2015

Men arrested after failing to dim headlights while passing deputy

Posted: December 21, 2015 6:58 p.m.
Updated: December 22, 2015 1:00 a.m.

A Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) deputy arrested two 27-year-old Camden men the night of Dec. 12 on several charges after the driver failed to dim the white Toyota Camry’s high beam headlights as they drove past the deputy in the opposite direction on Black River Road.

During the resulting traffic stop, the deputy smelled marijuana, and the driver admitted he did not have his driver’s license. The deputy called a colleague to the scene and subsequently searched the car. During the search, deputies learned the passenger had active warrants against him out of Richland County. Also, the driver began to yell and refused to cooperate, resulting in his being arrested for public disorderly conduct.

The search of the car yielded several plastic bags next to empty blunt wrappers and rubber bands; a pistol magazine with 9mm bullets; two scales, one with cocaine on it; marijuana flakes; and a pill bottle with marijuana. In addition, deputies found the passenger in possession of $4,218 in hundreds, twenties and ones. The driver had $2,155 in cash in the same denominations.

According to online court information, deputies charged the driver with public disorderly conduct and was released on his own recognizance for a $262 bond. However, court records also show the S.C. Highway Patrol arrested the same man Nov. 30 for the manufacture, possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute and distributing, selling, manufacturing or possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance near a school. Court records indicate a bonding agency posted the man’s $18,000 bond Nov. 29, meaning the man was out on bond at the time Kershaw County deputies arrested him.

Deputies charged the passenger with giving false information for providing a different name during their initial contact.

The KCSO reported the following other recent incidents:

On Dec. 13, someone kicked in the front door to a McRae Road residence in east Camden. Deputies found a shoe print on the door and blood on the walls. A check on a possible suspect living across the street revealed the subject had a busted lip and hand. The subject was “extremely uncooperative” with deputies, according to their report. The man’s mother claimed the burglary victim had punched her son. The report also indicated both men had threatened to shoot the other. Three days later, on Dec. 16, a woman living at the residence where the door had been kicked in said she and her boyfriend were in the front yard when the subject from across the street came out his front door, began yelling and pulled out a black handgun. When he went to rack the slide, however, the magazine fell out of the bottom of the gun. A deputy went across the street to speak to the subject, but could not get anyone to come to the door.

A deputy saw a 45-year-old Lamar man run his red GMC pickup truck off the road on Cheraw Road around 10 p.m. Dec. 12. When the deputy approached the pickup, he saw the driver switch positions with the female passenger. Another deputy came to the scene and questioned the couple. The man admitted some beer in the truck was his but claimed he hadn’t been driving. The woman initially hesitated in answering, but then admitted she had not been driving. Deputies had the man get out of the truck and subjected him to field sobriety tests, which he failed. Deputies then arrested him for DUI and took him to the county jail where blood alcohol breath tests were conducted. Each time officials attempted to test him, he put a piece of paper in his mouth to confuse the results. Deputies further charged him with open container and driving under suspension.

A concerned driver’s tip late Friday night led to the arrest of a 56-year-old Lugoff man on a DUI charge. According to a KCSO report, someone called in a report of a blue GMC pickup being driven recklessly on I-20 and then on U.S. 601. The concerned driver said the vehicle then turned on Ward Road and into the Canterfield subdivision. There, a deputy found the pickup on Derby Lane, where it had just been driven into a yard. The deputy reported a strong odor of alcohol coming from the truck as he approached. He reported the driver had slurred speech and difficulty producing documents. The man admitted to drinking two beers at a Columbia club. The man failed sobriety tests and the deputy took him to jail. There, the man’s blood alcohol level registered .14, nearly twice the legal limit.

Someone burglarized a John G. Richards Road, Liberty Hill store and restaurant early in the morning of Dec. 14. According to a KCSO incident report, a deputy responded to an alarm at the business around 3 a.m. and found the glass on the front door busted out. Once inside, the deputy found a medium-sized rock used to bust out the glass. Video surveillance showed two male subjects -- one tall, the other short and heavy-set -- entering the store with their faces covered and wearing gloves. The footage showed the men going behind the cash register, into the kitchen and into another room at the back of the store. The owners determined close to $40 in change from a cash register, a carton of cigarettes and a snub nose .38 special handgun were taken from the business.

A woman living on Ridgeway Road in Lugoff said her 14-year-old son was struck in the chest on Dec. 15 when the female manager of a Columbia rental store forced her way into the apartment, allegedly to retrieve items from inside. The boy reportedly told the woman she could not come in and no one else was home. That was when the woman allegedly forced open the door, striking him. By the time the boy’s mother returned home, a television set was outside the residence and the store manager was trying to remove a couch. At that point, the two women exchanged words and the manager left. The TV and couch were placed back into the apartment.

Deputies arrested a 33-year-old Aynor man Dec. 16 after receiving a cellphone “ping” connected to the location of a white 2008 Dodge 2500 on I-20 in Lugoff stolen that morning. Deputies -- who had information concerning a possible suspect -- responded to the westbound Lugoff rest area and found the truck parked between two 18-wheelers. They found a man in the truck whose description matched the suspect. After confirming his identity and that he was wanted out of Horry county, deputies arrested him for possession of a stolen vehicle.

A 21-year-old Elgin woman said an 18-year-old woman and 17-year-old juvenile female assaulted her the evening of Dec. 17 after she began looking for her lost cellphone in the 17-year-old’s vehicle. She said at one point during the fight she was kicked in the head causing her to black out. She said she woke up to find herself lying in the woods and walked around half the night trying to find help. A deputy reported the woman had a black eye, several bruises and scratches on both her legs.

An 18-year-old woman claimed the 19-year-old father of her child pushed, punched, choked and slammed her into her car after she asked him to watch their child for a day. A 20-year-old woman allegedly held the victim during part of the attack. The incident allegedly took place late on the evening of Dec. 13 in east Camden.

A Camden man filed a complaint with the KCSO claiming a Camden police officer threatened to shoot him in the head during some type of encounter at a restaurant within the city limits on Dec. 13. However, the man reportedly refused to complete a written statement about the incident.

Sometime on or before Dec. 17, a male subject allegedly stole three pieces of jewelry from a Mt. Pisgah Road, Kershaw residence under partial renovation. The victim said the subject returned a diamond ring and wedding band, but not a platinum ring worth approximately $2,500.

Someone broke out the glass to the side door of an Old White Pond Road, Elgin residence on Dec. 16 and stole five television sets including a 55-inch flatscreen, 36-inch flatscreen, two 32-inch TVs and one 19-inch flatscreen TV.

Sometime between 3 p.m. Dec. 14 and 1:20 p.m. Dec. 15, someone managed to get inside a Rocky Branch Lane, Elgin residence and take a 43-inch flatscreen TV and more than 25 DVDs.

Sometime late on Dec. 13 or early Dec. 14, someone cut a hole in the fence at a Family Lane, Camden residence and stole a 6- by 12-foot metal trailer with a riding lawn mower inside.

Sometime between 10 p.m. Dec. 18 and 9 a.m. Friday, someone entered a 2006 Hyndai Sante Fe parked on Wilson Street in east Camden and stole $20 cash from the center console.

Someone entered a Smyrl Circle, Camden residence, possibly through a back window, and stole two televisions on Dec. 18.

Deputies and fire officials are investigating a suspicious fire which destroyed a Horton Cove Road, Camden residence Dec. 18.

County deputies also dealt with nine larcenies; four assaults; three cases each of domestic violence, harassment and simple possession of marijuana; two cases each of driving under suspension, DUI, narcotics, open container, trespassing and vandalism or malicious injury to property; and one case each of breach of trust, burglary, counterfeit, death, incorrigible, missing person, no driver’s license, possession drug paraphernalia, public disorderly conduct, runaway, stalking and a weapons violation.


Camden Police Department (CPD) investigators are working on a case involving an alleged conspiracy among employees to steal merchandise from a Springdale Drive department store.

According to a CPD report, two store employees worked together to use the store’s registers to purchase items on Nov. 26, Dec. 6 and Dec. 9, then void the purchases without returning the merchandise. A third person allegedly worked with these two employees by allowing their credit card to be used for the purchases and voids. The third subject also allegedly removed the items from the store.

On a separate occasion one of the first two employees used another employee’s name to ring up items for a third employee, voided the items and allowed the last employee to leave the store with the merchandise.

All of the activity was reportedly caught on security cameras.

The subjects reportedly stole a total amount of about $2,560 worth of merchandise. Two of the employees reportedly returned about $1,570 worth of the items.

The subjects may face charges of criminal conspiracy, embezzlement and larceny.

The CPD reported the following other recent incidents:

Officers arrested a 35-year-old Camden man for public disorderly conduct, open container in a vehicle and a third offense of driving under suspension after finding him initially unresponsive in his car parked in the middle of the road on S.C. 34 (Bishopville Highway) near U.S. 1 around 7:30 a.m. Dec. 16.

Someone fully discharged a fire extinguisher in Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site’s “film room” building sometime on Dec. 16, causing about $50 worth of damage.

Sometime between Nov. 21 and Dec. 14, someone stole a 12-gauge shotgun and a .22 automatic rifle from a pickup truck belonging to Camden man.

Someone stole a Christmas laser light device from a home on the 1700 block of Broad Street sometime on or before Dec. 14.

Camden officers also dealt with two shoplifting cases; and one case each of larceny and vandalism or malicious injury to personal property.


An Elgin Police Department (EPD) officer arrested an 18-year-old Winnsboro woman Dec. 11 after spotting her traveling at 52 mph in a 35 mph zone on Main Street at Greenhill Road.

The deputy found packs of beer with some beer missing, empty bottles of whiskey and a black bag containing two metal marijuana grinders, a glass pipe with marijuana residue and a small baggie with less than .02 gram of marijuana in the car. The deputy charged the woman with speeding, being a minor in possession of beer, violation of her beginner’s permit, simple possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Another 18-year-old woman in the car was not charged.

The EPD reported the following other recent incidents:

Elgin officers arrested a 36-year-old Columbia man for public disorderly conduct Dec. 15 at a Rose Street laundry. The man, who appeared intoxicated, claimed he had been dropped off by a friend, but witnesses said he drove up in a 2001 Nissan which turned out to be connected to a Richland County breach of trust case. Officers transported the man to the Kershaw County Detention Center where correctional officers found he was hiding a what appeared to be a pipe for smoking crack in his underwear and charged him accordingly.

Someone apparently tried unsuccessfully to pry open a door to a Branham Street residence sometime on or before Dec. 12.

Elgin officers also dealt with two cases of public disorderly conduct; and one case each of death, harassment, larceny, no driver’s license and a possible prowler.

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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