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Crime Report - Feb. 13, 2018

CPD investigating fraudulent ‘KCSD’ checks

Posted: February 12, 2018 4:58 p.m.
Updated: February 13, 2018 1:00 a.m.

Camden Police Department (CPD)

The CPD is investigating a strange case of fraudulent checks involving the Kershaw County School District.

On Jan. 31, a district official told police they were contacted by two women, one from Allison Park, Pa., and the other from Tuscon, Ariz. The first woman said she works as a housecleaner and one her clients paid her with a check in the amount of $1,980.50 that clearly stated it was the property of the Kershaw County School District. She said she did not cash the check and contacted her local law enforcement agency and then the school district.

The district official said the check number was a valid one, and had been issued in September 2017, but to a local man for only $68. She also noted that while even the routing numbers matched, the layout of the checks was different.

The district official also said that while she finished her conversation with the New Jersey woman, the woman from Arizona called and said she just received a “Kershaw County School District” check that day via FedEx, also for $1,980.50, but did not know who had sent the check. The woman then said she was contacted by someone calling from an unknown number asking her if she received the check. She said the man claimed to be “Martin Ingram” and said it was for a deposit on an apartment.

The district said the “check” number matched one made out to an education-related company for $36.50 and that, again, while the routing numbers were real and matched, the fraudulent check’s layout was different.

Later on Jan. 31, the district official asked for an officer to return to their office stating that the Tucson, Ariz., woman called back insisting she should be rewarded for calling them about the fake check. When told to contact her local authorities, the woman claimed she could not do so.

The CPD also reported the following recent incidents:

Camden officers are seeking the whereabouts of a 23-year-old Rembert man they said fled on foot after initially refusing to stop for blue lights around 10:30 p.m. Feb. 5. According to a CPD report, an officer saw two-door silver Honda leave a convenience store parking lot without headlights on traveling east on DeKalb Street. The officer made a U-turn and activated their blue lights, but the man kept driving and then began traveling in the median between the east- and westbound lanes of traffic. The officer then turned on his siren, but the driver continued until pulling into another convenience store at the corner of East DeKalb Street and Lakeshore Drive. The driver took off on foot, heading toward Lakeshore Drive and Hazelhurst Street. Other officers began patrolling the area while the first officer dealt with three passengers remaining in the car. The officer detained all three, including a 21-year-old Camden woman they later charged with marijuana possession and open container in a motor vehicle. She refused to identify the fleeing driver, even though one of the men identified her as the suspect’s girlfriend. The officer also cited, but did not arrest, a 23-year-old Sumter man with open container.

Officers charged a 26-year-old Kershaw man with heroin possession after responding to a report that the man was slumped over the steering wheel of a black SUV at a gas station on West DeKalb Street. The man -- described as lethargic with constricted pupils -- said there was nothing illicit in his vehicle and that he neither taken nor drunk anything. However, officers found a loaded hypodermic needle in the center console, which the man admitted was heroin. Its contents later tested positive as heroin.

An officer arrested a 50-year-old Camden man for solicitation and possession of drug paraphernalia late on the night of Feb. 3 after he allegedly followed a woman into the ladies’ restroom at a fast food restaurant and asked her for sex in return for money. The woman refused and the man left on a bicycle. The reporting officer later found the man and arrested him, finding the man in possession of a clear glass pipe with a rolled metal filter and a baggie of a white crystalline substance.

Officers arrested 54-year-old Camden man at his home on Rye Lane and charged him with second-degree assault after he allegedly came at his daughter-in-law with a knife while she was holding her infant child around 9:30 a.m. Feb. 7. He also allegedly slapped his own wife when she intervened, and had to be grabbed by his son in order to be taken out of the house. He then allegedly picked up a brick and threatened his daughter-in-law a second time.

Industrial Battery and Charger on Century Boulevard alleges that a now former employee stole 17 industrial batteries from its warehouse since October 2017. After noticing some of the batteries were missing, business owners installed security cameras and captured the employee -- identified as a 53-year-old Dalzell man -- removing several batteries and placing them in his personal vehicle.

Camden police also dealt with recent incidents involving breach of trust, counterfeiting, DUI, harassment, identity theft, larceny, marijuana possession, possession of drug paraphernalia, theft of motor vehicle parts or accessories, third-degree assault, shoplifting, and trespassing.

Elgin Police Department (EPD)

An Elgin officer assisted a county deputy during a traffic stop that resulted in the arrest of a 28-year-old Lugoff man on multiple charges. According to an EPD report, the deputy stopped a vehicle at the intersection of U.S. 1 and Chestnut Road just outside the Elgin town limits for driving erratically. The Elgin officer arrived just as the deputy asked the subject to step out of the vehicle. The officer reported a heavy odor of alcohol coming from the vehicle. As the subject stepped out of the vehicle, he allegedly tried to pull a handgun from his waistband. The deputy and the officer disarmed and handcuffed him. The Elgin officer returned to duty inside the town limits after two more deputies arrived on the scene. The officer reported that the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office charged the man with unlawful carrying of a pistol, possession of a stolen pistol, marijuana possession and driving left of center.

On Feb. 9, around 6 p.m., a 19-year-old woman called from a Main Street pizzeria and claimed that a “jacked up” Toyota 4 Runner had driven by the business twice. She said the vehicle was involved in the Richland County burglary of her residence the day before and an incident during which the people inside the 4 Runner fired several shots at the woman’s sister.

An officer cited, but did not arrest, a 22-year-old Elgin man with driving under suspension, marijuana possession (11 grams), possession of drug paraphernalia and carrying a concealed weapon violation following a traffic stop at Wilson and Bowen streets around 1:10 a.m. Feb. 11.

Elgin officers recently dealt with other incidents involving counterfeiting/forgery, DUI (including one case where the blood alcohol content reading was .24, or three times the legal limit), driving under suspension (including one case where it was the subject’s sixth offense), no driver’s license, open container, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of a Schedule I narcotic.

Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO)

County deputies recently dealt with incidents involving financial transaction fraud, glue sniffing, malicious injury to personal property (including one case where property was damaged valued at $10,000 or higher), obtaining property under false pretenses (including a case with property valued at $10,000 or higher), possession of cocaine, possession of scheduled narcotics, public disorderly conduct, second-degree harassment, resisting arrest, third-degree domestic violence, trespassing, unlawful use of 911, and use of vehicle without permission


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