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CPD arrests man for armed robberies

Pawn shop was also burglarized ahead of robbery

Posted: February 16, 2017 6:10 p.m.
Updated: February 17, 2017 1:00 a.m.
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Lee Otis Wise Jr.

The Camden Police Department (CPD) arrested a man Wednesday for two armed robberies, one of which took place that day. The other robbery reportedly took place Feb. 11. Two CPD incident reports listed the arrested man as Lee Otis Wise Jr., 19, of Mt. Zion Road, Camden.

According to the first Feb. 11 incident report, two employees at Camden Seafood on the 900 block of Broad Street were cleaning when Wise allegedly came in through the back door and asked for some food. When they told him they did not have any, he allegedly pulled a gun from behind his back and demanded money saying he would kill them if they didn’t give it to him. One of the employees said the gun was wrapped in a red T-shirt. He said he told Wise the money had already been taken to the bank and to look in the cash register. The register was already open and did not contain any money.

The victims said Wise became angry at this point, went to the back door, looked outside to see if anyone was around and then left.

One of the victims said Wise had come to the store the night before looking for food.

Officers began searching the area and called in the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office bloodhound team for assistance. Bloodhounds tracked toward Clyburn Lane to Church Street and then ended back at their starting point.

Around 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Wise allegedly entered Cashman Jewelry and Pawn Shop on Lyttleton Street with what appeared to be a pistol wrapped in a red bandana and demanded money. An employee opened the cash drawer, allowing Wise to allegedly grab $200-$300 in cash before leaving.

An officer reviewed security footage and could see the suspect dressed in white pants, black shoes, red socks, black hoodie and a blue T-shirt carrying a red bandana that may have been wrapped around the gun. The video showed the man sat in a rocking chair outside the pawn shop for about 20-30 minutes before the robbery. He also came into the store and bought a cigarette lighter before robbing the shop. Officers quickly located a subject matching that description in a Broad Street barber shop and took him into custody.

They later identified the man as Wise.

Further review of security footage showed Wise fled the scene by running through a nearby furniture store and using the bathroom where he left a red T-shirt in a trashcan.

The CPD charged Wise with two counts each of armed robbery with a deadly weapon and kidnapping for having kept the seafood and pawn shop employees from fleeing at gunpoint.

As of Thursday afternoon, Wise had not had a bond hearing.

According to a third incident report, Cashman Jewelry and Pawn was also the victim of a burglary on Monday.

Around 7:40 p.m. Monday, a man later identified as Troy Douglas Jenkins, 51, of York Street, Camden, was caught on security video walking up to the side of the business wearing gray pants with light and dark stripes down the sides of each leg, a long sleeve gray shirt and ball cap with the bill facing the rear. Jenkins could be seen pushing a piece of wood out of a small window. He then walked away, walking toward a nearby bank.

At about 8:10 p.m., Jenkins could be seen on video again and walking around the business looking at the windows for about 10 minutes. He then could be seen picking up a piece of concrete and throwing it through a window. He then crawled into the pawn shop through the window and exited the same way about two minutes later, apparently empty-handed.

Several hours after reviewing the security video, an officer saw Jenkins walking west on DeKalb Street wearing clothing similar to those of the suspect. The officer arrested him, took him to the detention center and charged him with first-degree burglary.

As of Thursday, jail records showed Jenkins still being detained and awaiting a bond hearing.



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