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Crime Report - Nov. 3, 2017

EPD charges two after traffic stop

Posted: November 2, 2017 5:00 p.m.
Updated: November 3, 2017 1:00 a.m.

Elgin Police Department (EPD)

Elgin police arrested two 50-year-old Columbia men on several charges just after midnight Oct. 27 after an officer saw them traveling in a Ford van with no tag light near the Circle K on Main Street.

According to an EPD report, an officer make a traffic stop and approached the van, immediately smelling a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from inside. While they talked with the man, who was the driver, a Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) deputy spoke with the passenger. The driver, whom the Elgin officer said appeared grossly intoxicated, claimed he had only had one beer. The officer conducted a series of field sobriety tests and subsequently arrested the man for driving under the influence.

After placing the driver in the back of a patrol vehicle, the officer spoke with the passenger, who also appeared to be intoxicated. The officer then conducted a search of the vehicle, which turned up an open can of beer between the driver and passenger seats. The passenger claimed the beer was his. The officer then located a 9mm handgun in the glove compartment. Both men claimed the gun belonged to the other.

At this point, the Elgin officer arrested the passenger for open container and the KCSO deputy placed him in a patrol car. The officer seized the gun with a magazine in it containing 10 rounds along with a black holster. They also learned that the tag on the van was not registered to it.

Officers later learned that the driver was a convicted felon and, therefore, banned from owning any firearms. According to online court records, Elgin police charged the driver with possession of a firearm or ammunition by a person convicted of a violent felony; he was released on a $10,000 bond.

In other Elgin crime news, the EPD is investigating the possibility that a 63-year-old Elgin man has been taking advantage of an 84-year-old man by obtaining pain medication prescriptions in the older man’s name. According to an EPD report, one of the victim’s family members said the suspect -- who is the nephew of the older man’s late partner -- calls the victim once a month when the hydrocodone prescription needs to be filled. He allegedly is driven to the residence by his mother, who then allegedly transports the victim and suspect to the older man’s physician to obtain the prescription and then to the pharmacy to fill it. They then drive back to the victim’s home, but do not give him the prescription; instead, the suspect allegedly keeps it for himself. The suspect has also allegedly stolen firearms from the victim’s residence.

Elgin officers also dealt with recent incidents involving property damage and vandalism.

Camden Police Department (CPD)

Camden officers cited a 44-year-old man living on Elkridge Drive with discharging a firearm in the city after they responded to a call of a man with a gun around 11:20 p.m. Sunday. Dispatchers advised responding officers that the man was in the roadway in his underwear and had discharged a round. A CPD corporal and sergeant met at the entrance to Kirkover Hills and decided to have one of their department-issued rifles on hand. As they approached the scene, dispatchers told the officers the man had gone back inside his home. A patrolman who arrived on the scene managed to speak with the man and advised him to come out and show his hands. The sergeant approached and checked the man for weapons. Officers then went inside and secured the man’s PSA model PA-15 Multi 5.26 caliber rifle.

The CPD reported the following other recent incidents:

A 49-year-old Asheboro, N.C., man said he was sitting in his vehicle in the Huddle House parking lot around 8:30 p.m. Oct. 27 when an African-American woman wearing a dark-colored hoodie-type sweatshirt approached him. He said the woman was holding her hand -- which was covered with a paper bag -- in front of her chest and told him to give her $5. The man said he believed the woman was using the paper bag to conceal a gun. As he retrieved his wallet, the woman allegedly told him she now wanted $10. He said he did so and she walked off before he drove back to North Carolina. He described the aomn as being in her 30s, approximately 5 feet 8 inches tall with a medium build.

A 22-year-old Camden woman said she was walking home from Rite Aid on West DeKalb Street near Wylie Street around 7 p.m. Oct. 27, a man driving a dark-colored four-door truck slowed down, rolled down a window and told her he would pay her $40 to have sex with him. She ignored him and continued walking only to have him allegedly continue following her and asking her for several times. She alleged he even opened his vehicle door and told her to get in. She said she didn’t see any weapons, but decided to run into the woods on Wylie Street near Brad’s Muffler to get away. She described the man as Hispanic, wearing a ball cap with a short beard.

Farmers Furniture reported that a former male employee from Cheraw managed to steal $6,000 from the company by taking cash funds and keeping them for himself and by entering invalid credit card information into the store’s credit card machine. Store surveillance reportedly shows the man failing to deposit funds once he received them and walking off camera with them. The store said an audit revealed the missing funds in the form of 65 fraudulent charges. Management said they confronted the employee; they said he resigned and left the store.

A 37-year-old Bishopville man allegedly showed a pistol to and threatened to hurt his 38-year-old girlfriend from Lugoff as they were driving to court on Wednesday. After appearing at their separate court cases, he also left her at the courthouse with her purse and phone in the car. She said she tried to have him return the belongings, but he refused.

Someone used some blue paint to write initials and what were possibly street names on one of the new city tennis courts being built on Gordon Street. This appeared to have been done between 8 p.m. Oct. 26 and 10 a.m. Oct. 27.

Camden police also dealt with recent incidents involving assault, communicating threats, DUI, driving under suspension, habitual offender, larceny, marijuana possession, minor in possession of beer, public disorderly conduct, second-degree domestic violence, shoplifting, teller machine fraud, trespassing and vandalism.

Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO)

County deputies dealt with recent incidents involving marijuana possession, petit larceny, possession with intent to distribute marijuana, public disorderly conduct and trespassing.

(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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