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Crime Report - Oct. 6, 2017

CPD investigating break-in on Haile Street

Posted: October 5, 2017 5:21 p.m.
Updated: October 6, 2017 1:00 a.m.

Camden Police Department (CPD)

Camden police are investigating a break-in at a Haile Street residence that, for a time, looked like a missing person case.

According to the first of two CPD reports, deputies responded to the 1300 block of Haile Street and spoke to a woman who identified herself as the landlord. She said she began renting the home to a 31-year-old woman on Aug. 19 and went to check on her on Sept. 27. She told officers that when she arrived, she found a door forced open. She said she and her husband went inside, but couldn’t find the woman who was supposed to be living there. A responding officer reported seeing that the door was forced open with damage to the door jamb and that the striking plates for the locking mechanism were on the floor. There was no indication anything had been stolen, and there did not appear to be signs of a struggle. However, the landlord said she was concerned for the younger woman’s safety, because she was estranged from her husband who purportedly had a substance abuse problem.

Investigators spoke with the young woman’s employer, but learned she had not worked there since Aug. 22. They then learned the 31-year-old had been involved in an automobile accident on Sept. 25 on Knights Hill Road and taken to Columbia for treatment. However, officers reported initially being told she was not at the hospital she had supposedly been taken to after the accident. Because they couldn’t locate her at the hospital and due to the break-in, officers entered the woman’s information into the National Crime Information Center and put out a “be on the lookout” for the woman as a missing person.

Later on Sept. 27, personnel at the Columbia hospital reported the woman was admitted to their facility and was still there being treated.

According to another CPD report, a 28-year-old Camden woman reported that the car in which the 31-year-old had been injured had actually been stolen. The 28-year-old woman’s boyfriend said he and another person had used the vehicle to visit the 31-year-old woman. He claimed he had gotten out at of the car and moved to a point from which he could not see it. He claimed the 31-year-old took the car while he wasn’t looking.

Police are still investigating the break-in at the Haile Street residence.

The CPD also reported the following other recent incidents:

Officers arrested a man and two women after finding them with a car parked in the driveway of a vacant home for sale around 11:30 p.m. Sept. 29. The subjects told police they were trying to replace a headlamp on the 2014 Volkswagon Jetta and claimed they had permission to be there. However, the real estate agent in charge of the property said they did not have permission. One of the subjects, a 20-year-old Lugoff woman, reportedly kept placing her hands in her pockets despite being told not to by officers. Officers placed all three subjects in handcuffs for safety and continued their investigation. They found, in plain sight, an approximately three-quarters full bottle of brandy, 10.4 grams of marijuana in a pink bag, a digital scale, seven pills that appeared to be Xanax and two rock-looking substances that turned out to be ecstasy. The 20-year-old woman reportedly attempted to flee while being detained. Two officers chased her, caught her and brought her back to the scene. Officers charged all three subjects, including a 20-year-old Rembert man, for simple possession of marijuana, possession of liquor by minors under the age of 21 and possession of drug paraphernalia. Additionally, officers charged the 20-year-old with resisting arrest and a 19-year-old Camden woman with possession of a schedule IV substance and possession of ecstasy.

Officers arrested a 17-year-old Camden High School (CHS) student around 11:30 a.m. Tuesday after she was allegedly involved in an altercation with other female students during which she reportedly punched the school resource officer in the face several times. According to a CPD report, the SRO was in the cafeteria when he heard several girls begin arguing. The SRO, along with other school officials went around the corner and saw three students standing in front of each other as if they were about to fight. The 17-year-old allegedly tried to push past the SRO to get at one of the other girls, at which time the SRO grabbed her shoulders and pressed her against a wall to stop her. At this point, she allegedly began swinging her arms, trying to hit one of the other students, but struck the SRO instead even as he told her to stop. Instead, she allegedly kept trying to get away and continuing hitting the SRO with her fist and elbows. The SRO then took her to the ground, had to hold her there for several minutes to get her under control and then handcuffed her. The SRO called Camden police officers to the scene for assistance, after which he escorted the student to his office. They were met there by officers who charged her with third-degree assault and disturbing school and transported her to the Kershaw County Detention Center.

An officer arrested a 41-year-old Camden man close to midnight Sept. 26 after noticing the man’s 2003 Toyota 4S driving at a high rate of speed on West DeKalb Street. Following the vehicle, the officer reported seeing the car cross over the center yellow line as it approached Chesnut Ferry Road and then rapidly make a left turn on Laurens Street. The vehicle stopped immediately after making another left turn on to Gordon Street. The officer conducted a sobriety field test, which the man failed, and arrested him for DUI. A search of his person and the car turned up a small quantity of marijuana, drug paraphernalia and an assortment of pills in a plastic bag. In addition to DUI, the officer charged the man with possession of drug paraphernalia, simple possession of marijuana, unlawful possession of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance.

A 47-year-old woman living on Market Street said she woke up around 3:15 a.m. Sept. 24 to find an unidentified man standing in her bedroom. She said she jumped up and started talking loudly at him, but that he never spoke a word. She said she began pushing him back down the hallway, pushed him out the back door and called 911. She described the man as African-American, 5 feet 4 inches to 5 feet 7 inches tall with a dark grey or black T-shirt. She said the man left south on Market Street toward York Street on a bicycle. The woman said she believes he came into the home through the back door because it was broken.

Officers detained two 15-year-old boys and then turned them over to their parents after they allegedly entered at least one vehicle on Christmas Place around 9:30 p.m. Sept. 29. They reportedly took nothing from any of the vehicles and officers located them in front of the Camden Archives and Museum. An officer found some drug paraphernalia and what appeared to be marijuana near where officers detained the boys, but did not charge them. The boys may have also broken into a vehicle on Fair Street.

Surveillance footage at Walmart caught an unidentified man stealing $355 cash out of a cash register around 8:15 p.m. on Sept. 30. The man on the video is described as African-American with an average build, wearing a camouflage shirt, brown shorts, a camouflage hat and a white towel wrapped around his neck. The video reportedly shows the man leaving with another African-American man wearing a red shirt and white pants.

Sometime between 5:30 p.m. Sept. 24 and the following morning, someone stole a custom-made trailer with a grill attached to it from the Haile Street Grill. The owner said the trailer had been on the east side of the building and that the grill was secured by a very large chain with a lock. He said four very large coolers were also stolen from the back of the business.

Officers arrested a 30-year-old Camden man Monday morning and charged him with second-degree domestic violence after he allegedly struck his girlfriend in the face and choked her by grabbing her shirt collar and pulling it tight around her neck. The incident allegedly took place in the presence of the woman’s 15-year-old son.

Someone forced their way into the Bethel Worship Center’s fellowship hall between 8 p.m. Sunday and 7:30 a.m. Monday and stole an older model cash register that contained keys. Officers later found an abandoned Cadillac in the parking lot of a small office building on Fair Street with the stolen cash register inside.

Someone stole a car parked in front of the Kershaw County Recreation Center on West DeKalb Street sometime just after midnight on Sept. 29. The car belonged to a man who was visiting with friends nearby. While officers investigated the case the next morning, they found the 2007 Hyundai Sonata at a motel down the street.

Police are investigating a burglary at A&A Storage on Fair Street where witnesses said they saw a white man with a red hoodie leave the scene carrying a television. The proprietor said the subject took a pair of yellow bolt cutters from an unsecure location and then cut the padlocks to seven storage units.

A 33-year-old Camden man allegedly assaulted his girlfriend of 20 years during an argument about splitting up. He allegedly threw her flat screen TV out into the yard, damaging it. He also allegedly struck her in the face and head and tried to choke her.

The CPD received a report from the Darlington County Sheriff’s Office that a 51-year-old Hartsville man allegedly touched his 11-year-old daughter inappropriately while at the McDonald’s on Wall Street near I-20 Exit 98 back in mid-August.

Someone apparently stole a piece of mail from a mailbox on Sarsfield Avenue and stole a check from inside the envelope. A woman living on Lausanne Drive said she found the mail torn open on the roadway during her walk.

Someone apparently tried, unsuccessfully, to break into Camden Pawn Shop on Rutledge Street between 2 and 4 a.m. Sept. 30 by trying to forcibly remove a window air conditioning unit.

Someone took a written prescription for a 90-count of 20 mg Adderall pills from a black 2011 GMC Terrain parked at the Fox Run apartments during the early morning hours of Sept. 26.

CPD officers arrested a 43-year-old man and 37-year-old woman with Romanian identification on Sept. 26 outside of Walmart and charged them with begging.

An envelope with $275 cash inside disappeared from the closet of a Campbell Street apartment sometime between 6 p.m. Sept. 29 and 1:30 a.m. Sept. 30.

Camden officers also dealt with recent incidents involving an animal call, disregarding a stop sign, DUI, driving under suspension, forgery, larceny, liquor law violation, possession of drug paraphernalia, shoplifting, simple assault, simple possession of marijuana, theft from a motor vehicle, third-degree assault, traffic accidents, trespassing and vandalism.


Elgin Police Department (EPD)

Elgin officers arrested a 25-year-old Elgin woman and a 34-year-old Blythewood woman on drug and other charges around 12:15 p.m. Sunday.

According to an EPD report, an officer saw the 25-year-old woman, whom he recognized, driving a white Ford pickup pulling a trailer loaded with a black bag at Church and Watson streets. After confirming the woman was driving under suspension, he conducted a traffic stop at Church and Main streets. The younger woman claimed the truck was not hers and, therefore, would not give consent to have it searched. The 34-year-old passenger reportedly gave a false name.

After waiting for a short period of time to have someone pick up the passenger and a child in the backseat, the officer decided he would have to have the truck towed and, therefore, to conduct an inventory of the vehicle. The two women went back to the truck and retrieved a $10 bill, white pocketbook, a brown pocketbook and the child’s car seat.

The officer reported that as he began conducting the inventory, he spotted a clear plastic bag containing what turned out to be a quantity of meth. The 25-year-old driver claimed the meth was not hers and believed the passenger had placed it there. She also told the officer how the other woman had given him a false name. It turned out the 34-year-old woman was wanted out of Richland County for assault.

At this point, the officer conducted a probable search of the truck and found a purple bag containing what appeared to be marijuana and a clear tube with white residue. The officer found more meth inside both pocketbooks, more material that appeared to be marijuana and some pills, including at least one that appeared to be Xanax.

The 34-year-old soon began complaining of shortness of breath and that she needed EMS, which arrived and took her to the hospital with another deputy following.

The reporting deputy then transported the 25-year-old to the jail where she was held for possession of a Schedule I-V controlled substance, possession with intent to distribute meth, driving under suspension and simple possession of marijuana.

It was unclear what charges the older woman would face after being treated.

In a separate report, a 25-year-old man said his ex-girlfriend tried to hit him with her car and pepper sprayed his back while he was walking on Smyrna Road near Pine Forest around 8 p.m. Sept. 27.

Elgin police also dealt with recent incidents involving an animal call, shoplifting, simple assault and a welfare check.

Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO)

The KCSO reported deputies dealt with recent incidents involving breaking into a motor vehicle, driving under suspension, financial transaction card fraud, habitual offender, malicious injury to property, open container, petit larceny, public disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, simple possession of marijuana, third-degree assault and battery, third-degree burglary and third-degree domestic violence.

(Incident reports are provided by the Camden and Elgin police departments 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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