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Crime Report - Aug. 18, 2017

Camden man arrested after short car chase

Posted: August 17, 2017 4:46 p.m.
Updated: August 18, 2017 1:00 a.m.

Camden Police Department (CPD)

Camden police officers arrested a 23-year-old Camden following a short car chase Tuesday evening.

According to a CPD report, an officer on routine patrol spotted a silver SUV traveling at 42 mph in a 30 mph zone on Campbell Street. The officer turned around and began to initiate traffic stop by turning on their blue lights. However, the SUV’s driver made a right turn on to Chesnut Street, then right on to Broad Street. He then turned right on Hampton Street and an immediate right on to Land Street.

At this point, the officer turned on his siren and followed the SUV as it took a right back on to Chesnut Street. The officer reported seeing the driver throw something out of the vehicle as it approached Broad Street again and turned left. Driving north, the subject turned right on to Monroe Street and then turned into the parking lot at Dusty Bend Plaza. He drove through the lot and back to traveling north on Broad Street. The officer followed the SUV onto Firetower Road, Salmond Street and Champion Street before the driver finally pulled over and stopped.

With another officer on the scene, the first officer exited his patrol vehicle and pulled out his service weapon, ordering the driver to show his hands. The subject followed commands to shut off the vehicle, open the door and exit while keeping his hands up. He also complied with commands to back up toward the officer and get on his knees so he could be detained and handcuffed.

A check on the suspect’s record indicated he was driving under suspension. Officers charged him with a second offense of driving under suspension, as well as failing to stop for police, failure to surrender his driver’s license and speeding.

County deputies and city officers searching where the suspect threw something out of the vehicle did not locate anything in the area.

The CPD reported the following other recent incidents:

On Aug. 10, a woman living on Kirkland Street reported that she might have been scammed by two men selling steaks from their truck. According to a CPD report, the men were riding in a red pickup truck with a white freezer on the back. The victim said she wrote them a check for $229 for a box of steaks marked “Steakhouse Steaks.” However, the receipt one of the men gave her had a man’s name on it and a phone number with an 864 area code. The woman said she later read on the internet about other people being similarly scammed and tried to call the number on the receipt. She said no one answered. She also said the information on the internet about the possible scam involved steak that was very low quality and not what the package claimed,

A couple living on Lakeshore Drive reported that someone broke into their car sometime after 4:30 a.m. Aug. 11. Nothing appeared to have been taken, but officers did find a pack of cigarettes nearby. The couple said they do not smoke. County deputies assisted in patrolling the area. Someone at Young’s convenience store told them they saw two boys riding around in a golf cart about 20 minutes earlier, which would have been in the time frame of the reported auto break-in.

Officers charged a 21-year-old Camden man with petit larceny after another man, in whose home he was staying, reported the theft of a laptop computer and three pairs of Nike brand shoes. The victim said the man called him after he moved out of the home on Aug. 5 admitting to having taken the items. Officers served the arrest warrant on the man at the county jail on Aug. 11.

A 29-year-old man claimed he was struck by the open door of his ex-wife’s car when she allegedly drove off while he was still trying to say good-bye to his children who she was picking up on Aug. 6. The alleged incident took place after they had argued about whether she could take the children’s bicycles to her home.

Officers arrested a 29-year-old Elgin man after he stole his girlfriend’s car following an argument on West DeKalb Street early Wednesday morning. County deputies found the vehicle being driven east on DeKalb Street and initiated a traffic stop nearby and held to be arrested by a Camden officer.

Camden police also dealt with incidents involving communicating threats, counterfeiting, debit/credit card fraud, DUI, driving under suspension, fraud, larceny, liquor law violations, obscene or harassing phone calls, public disorderly conduct, possession of drug paraphernalia, second-degree domestic violence, shoplifting, simple possession of marijuana, theft from a building, trespassing and vandalism.

Elgin Police Department (EPD)

Kershaw County Fire Service fire marshals are investigating a fire at a residence on the 2400 block of Bowen Street.

According to an EPD report, an officer who was on route to another call saw fire coming from the roof of the house around 6:16 p.m. Aug. 12. After making sure the fire was not coming from the back yard, he requested fire services to respond. Units from the Blaney, Doby’s Mill and Pine Grove fire departments responded, as did Lugoff Fire-Rescue. While they were on the way, the officer opened the unlocked front door and looked inside in an effort to find anyone, but the house was empty. The fire appeared to be coming from the attic.

The officer contacted the homeowner, who confirmed no one was inside. The man said he home had previously caught on fire from a grease fire and he and his family were living in their camper outside the residence while repairs were being made. The man said he had been inside the home about an hour before the officer had arrived, but had then gone back to the camper. The man also said the home had smelled of smoke the previous day and he had opened the windows.

Fire service personnel contacted the officer later and asked if he turned anything off inside the residence since the homeowner had advised things were off that he had turned on. The officer told fire services he had not turned anything on or off. Fire marshals then continued their investigation.

The EPD reported the following other recent incident:

Elgin police put out a “be on the lookout,” or BOLO, for a tan-colored truck on Aug. 6. A woman said her 16-year-old daughter, who works at IGA, said that when she gets off work around 7 p.m., an unknown African-American male, approximately 55 to 65 years of age, will be waiting for her and then follows her home along Fort Jackson Road. She told her mother the man will turn off just before the victim gets home.

Elgin police also dealt with incidents involving hit and run, and shoplifting.

Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO)

County deputies dealt with recent incidents involving breach of peace, petit larceny, possession of cocaine, possession of a Schedule II controlled substance, public disorderly conduct and simple possession of marijuana.

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