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Crime Report - Nov. 21, 2017

Accident victim allegedly stole car

Posted: November 20, 2017 5:10 p.m.
Updated: November 21, 2017 1:00 a.m.

Camden Police Department (CPD)

A 20-year-old Lugoff woman airlifted to a Richland County hospital after being in a vehicle accident allegedly stole the car that wrecked early in the morning of Nov. 12.

According to a CPD report, just before 5 a.m., an officer responded to Springdale Drive and Preserve Avenue in response to a single-car accident with possible ejection. The responding officer found the vehicle upside down and saw flames coming from the engine compartment. The officer then saw an African-American woman lying on the ground with large lacerations on the head and neck. After pulling a fire extinguisher from the patrol car, the officer put out the fire and then went to check on the woman with help from an assisting bystander. Camden Fire Department units and Kershaw County EMS arrived a short time later. EMS took over treating the woman and then transported her to the Kmart shopping center to be airlifted.

The officer determined the wrecked car to be a 2005 Toyota Camry registered to a woman out of Lancaster County and began recovering and examining documents found in the car. Everything matched information for the Lancaster woman, but the officer had yet to find anything connected to the victim. Thinking the victim might be the car owner, the officer obtained assistant from dispatchers and called up the Lancaster woman’s driver’s license. She turned out to be a white female with blonde hair whereas the victim was an African-American woman with black hair. It also turned out the Lancaster woman is the daughter of a Lancaster County deputy who provided his daughter’s contact information.

She turned out to be at a Chesnut Ferry Road apartment and learned that the victim -- who had been picked up earlier the previous evening -- had been intoxicated and allegedly taken the keys to the car without permission after everyone had supposedly gone to sleep.

The CPD reported the following other recent incidents:

Officers arrested and charged a 34-year-old Camden man with failing to stop for blue lights after initially catching him traveling at 57 mph in a 45 mph zone on Springdale Drive around 11:45 p.m. Nov. 10. After an officer activated blue lights, the Nissan pickup increased speed to 84 mph as it approached DeKalb Street. The vehicle slid across both lanes of DeKalb Street, striking the median as it turned, and continued toward Lugoff. Kershaw County deputies became involved in the chase as it passed the Camden West Inn. Deputies later informed Camden officers that they had the suspect in custody with an open container of alcohol in the truck. They informed officers that the truck became disabled after striking some spike strips deployed by an Elgin police officer at the intersection of Main Street and Greenhill Road in Elgin. Deputies turned the man over to the CPD, which charged him with failing to stop for blue lights, open container, improper vehicle license (it belonged to another vehicle) and speeding.

A 24-year-old Sumter man being detained at the Kershaw County Detention Center will now face charges of assault and battery after allegedly assaulting an employee on Nov. 2. According to a CPD report, an officer obtained a copy of video footage of the alleged incident along with a written report from the victim who had already left after finishing his shift. According to the victim’s report, he and two other officers were attempting to restrain the detainee by using what was listed as a “restraint chair.” During the process, the detainee kicked the officer in the upper rib cage. After reporting the incident, the KCDC employee went to the hospital to be checked out. According to online court records, the man is listed with a Lugoff address and charged with third-degree assault and battery and resisting arrest by the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office.

A woman in the process of moving from Trinity Apartments on Church Street to a home in Lugoff reported that when she returned on the evening of Nov. 11, she found the apartment completely “trashed.” Although there were no signs of forced entry, an officer reported finding clothes, electronics, trash and more scattered on the floor. The victim pointed out the kitchen table where it appeared someone had rolled a blunt to smoke. While documenting the scene, the officer noticed that a window that a kitchen window was open with the screen bent and broken off. The victim reported that a 40-inch TV, a video game disc and two tool bags with tools were missing.

Officers arrested a 46-year-old Camden man on Nov. 14 for unlawful use of telephone after he allegedly called his former restaurant supervisor because he was upset about his paycheck and threatened to “tear the place up.” Officers also charged the man with larceny for allegedly stealing $250 from a money bag belonging to the same business on Oct. 31. He is also thought to possibly have burglarized the restaurant and taken about $100 in change on Nov. 12.

An officer and EMS responded to Verizon Wireless on West DeKalb Street around 5 p.m. Nov. 15 to call of a 33-year-old Camden woman who had passed out in the women’s restroom. EMS advised the Camden officer that they found a spoon in the bathroom with a white object in it. Officers also checked the woman’s purse and found an empty syringe inside. A CPD report listed the incident as a possible drug overdose with possession of drug paraphernalia.

Someone apparently managed to enter two Monroe Street residences sometime on or before Nov. 3. A man checking on his family’s property said he found the side door to one home open and, after walking the property, found the back door ajar as well. He then found the back door to the second home open. An officer and the man looked inside both homes and determined nothing was out of order except a water heater out of place.

Officers arrested an 18-year-old Camden man for communicating threats after he allegedly threatened to use a gun he claimed he had in his vehicle to kill another 18-year-old for not accepting his greeting while they were all at Sonic on East DeKalb Street on Oct. 21. The CPD served the arrest warrant on Thursday.

Someone stole $655 from an envelope stashed under the mattress of a bed at a Hasty Road apartment sometime during the night of Nov. 11 or early in the morning of Nov. 12.

The CPD is investigating allegations that a 58-year-old Camden man inappropriately touched a 13-year-old girl on Nov. 9.

Someone stole a display model of the new iPhone 8 from the AT&T Wireless store in Springdale Plaza on Nov. 15.

Camden officers dealt with other recent incidents involving attempted burglary, communicating threats, counterfeiting or forgery, debit card fraud, domestic violence by intimidation, harassment, larceny, malicious injury to property, no driver’s license, open container, protective order violation, shoplifting, stolen vehicle, theft from a building, theft from a motor vehicle, third-degree assault, third-degree domestic violence, trespassing, using a motor vehicle without consent and vandalism.

Elgin Police Department (EPD)

EPD officers charged a 61-year-old Elgin woman with hit and run after she allegedly struck a Ford pickup truck at the intersection of Main Street and Greenhill Road around 5:40 p.m. Nov. 9 with her Ford Explorer.

The force of the collision was enough to cause the victim’s truck off the road and to tear a push bumper off the front of the woman’s SUV. A witness to the incident managed to get the Explorer’s vehicle license number and saw it turn on to Chestnut Road.

With that information, an officer and county deputy tracked the vehicle to a Chestnut Road residence where several people, including the woman initially denied driving the SUV. She later admitted she was the driver and said she did not stop because she did not have a license. She also tried to claim the victim’s truck had struck her.

The assisting deputy told the Elgin officer it appeared the woman was intoxicated. The officer and deputy detained the woman, who then stated she was in a lot of pain from injuries sustained in the collision. EMS arrived and transported her to the hospital; her daughter promised she would bring her to EPD headquarters the next day. The EPD charged her with hit and run and cited her for driving under suspension.

The EPD also reported the following other recent incidents:

An officer conducting property checks in the Brentwood subdivision noticed a fire burning in the interior of a garage on Brentwood Lane around 3:10 a.m. Nov. 10. After calling for fire service, the officer approached the fire and detected a chemical odor coming from the fire and could see items burning and melting. She knocked on the front door, but could not get a response despite hearing a television at full volume. The officer then went into the garage, despite the fire and noxious smoke, calling out the name of the resident, with whom she was familiar. She opened the door to the kitchen and found the woman there and tried to get her to leave, but she later agreed to go with EMS for evaluation. Blaney Fire Department responded and put out the fire in the garage as well as a stove fire in the kitchen.

Officers arrested an 18-year-old Elgin man with several charges, including unlawful carrying of a pistol following a traffic stop initiated because the man crossed a double yellow line to pass someone near Main Street and Greenhill Road. During the stop, the officer found a small quantity of marijuana and learned the man did not have his driver’s license. The man admitted to having the marijuana and advised the officer the gun was in the front passenger seat’s back pocket. The officer retrieved a loaded silver and black semi-automatic Bersa .380 with six bullets in the magazine.

Around 3 a.m. Nov. 3, security cameras recorded a white male with a goatee driving an older style SUV park next to a work truck at Carolina Cuts on Greenhill Road and steal approximately $10,000 from the truck.

Sometime between 5 p.m. Nov. 5 and 8 a.m. Nov. 6, someone entered a Greenhill Road pest control business, kicked open an office door and stole some checks.

Elgin officers also dealt with other recent incidents involving counterfeiting, driving under suspension, family offenses, fraud, hit and run larceny, missing persons, possession of drug paraphernalia, public disorderly conduct, shoplifting, theft from a building, traffic collisions, trespassing and unlawful debit card use.

Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO)

County deputies dealt with recent incidents involving breach of peace, cocaine possession, DUI, driving under suspension, first-degree assault and battery, grand larceny between $2,000 and $10,000, harassment, malicious injury to property, marijuana possession, no driver’s license, petit larceny, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession with intent to distribute marijuana, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, public disorderly conduct, second-degree domestic violence, shoplifting, third-degree assault and battery, third-degree burglary, trespassing and unlawful use of 911.

(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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