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Crime Report - May 18, 2018

Shoplifter gets away during multi-unit car chase

Posted: May 17, 2018 4:13 p.m.
Updated: May 18, 2018 1:00 a.m.

Camden Police Department (CPD)

An unidentified man managed to elude Camden officers after leaving Walmart, where he had failed to pay for two sets of pots and pans, on the afternoon of May 4.

According to a CPD report, the man got into a black Chevy Impala. An officer spotted the car sitting in the turn lane on Springdale Drive waiting to turn left on West DeKalb Street. When the driver spotted the officer, he reportedly rolled up all of his car’s windows. The officer then attempted a traffic stop by turning on their blue lights and the man began moving his car as if he was going to stop, but failed to do so, and instead pulled away even after other officers joined in the chase. The officer reported seeing the man drive into the center lane near Bay Lane in order to go around a slower vehicle.

The chase continued over the Donald Holland Bridge and through the traffic light at DeKalb and Chesnut Ferry Road Extension. At that point, a tractor trailer began pulling out of the NAPA store, causing the subject to brake hard to avoid hitting the truck. He then made U-turn and began heading back west on DeKalb Street. When the man saw more patrol cars coming toward him from the Holland Bridge, he turned on to Chesnut Ferry Road Extension going around slower vehicles into oncoming traffic before turning onto Ehrenclou Drive at Camden High School and heading toward South Broad Street.

The man then reportedly drove through the stop sign at the T-intersection of Ehrenclou and South Broad, turning left to head back toward downtown Camden. He again reportedly drove into oncoming traffic in order to go around other vehicles near the city arena. He then turned right on York Street, traveling east until he and the officers entered the truck route construction zone at York and Mill streets. The suspect then made a right onto Mill Street and then another right onto King Street. At that point, all units were told to stand down and break off the chase.

The reporting officer returned to Walmart where the loss prevention manager reported that after the man got into the Impala, he drove around the perimeter of the parking lot at least twice, as if looking for someone.

The CPD plans to charge the man, when they apprehend him, with failure to stop for blue lights and shoplifting.

CPD officers also reported the following other recent incidents:

Officers arrested three people on multiple charges late in the evening of May 11 after they allegedly ran out of Walmart with items they had shoplifted. According to a CPD report, officers arrested a 35-year-old man and 28-year-old woman from Lyman, and a 22-year-old Anderson man. A responding officer saw a silver vehicle leave the parking lot at a high rate of speed. It failed to stop at the stoplight to turn left on DeKalb Street, but the officer and another unit managed to conduct a traffic stop at DeKalb Street and Bay Lane. The driver admitted he did not have a driver’s license, and officers ordered all three to exit the vehicle, which was not registered to any of the occupants. While checking the Lyman man, he admitted to having a needle inside his pocket; the woman said she had a knife in her pocket. The Anderson man said he also had a needle inside a backpack. Furthermore, the officer could see “recently acquired” merchandise, later identified as the shoplifted items. Learning that one of the suspects might be wanted in Spartanburg County for stolen checks, officers checked the vehicle and found checks in bags that the Lyman couple claimed as theirs. They also found a black zipper pouch containing two hypodermic needles and a needle cap that tested positive for meth. Officer found more checks as well as: three fraudulent S.C. ID cards, seven forged checks, check printing paper, 22 business checks, 29 personal checks, a debit card, five cell phones, a notebook, and numerous clothing with tags still on them. They also found mail from different individuals, Social Security cards, jewelry and purses. Officers charged the Lyman woman shoplifting (third or subsequent offense) and criminal conspiracy, and she is being held on $10,000 bond. They charged the Lyman man with the same charges as well as driving under suspension, and he is being held on more than $20,000 bond. The Anderson man faces charges of shoplifting (second offense), criminal conspiracy, meth possession and possession of drug paraphernalia; he is being held on more than $22,000 bond.

A 50-year-old Camden man is charged with threatening a police officer, resisting arrest, DUI, driving under suspension and public disorderly conduct following a single vehicle traffic collision on the evening of April 26 at the intersection of King and Mill streets. According to a CPD report, an officer speaking with the man reported that he smelled strongly of alcohol and was slurring his words and had trouble walking. He claimed he had not been driving, but witnesses said they saw a female passenger flee from the scene. However, she returned and stated that the man had been driving drunk and that he would not let her drive. Officers had both of them checked out by EMS. Afterward, officers released the woman from the scene, but escorted EMS with the man to the hospital. Once there, the man allegedly became very agitated, would not allow emergency staff to conduct a wellness check, and began yelling and cursing. Additional emergency personnel had to come into the room to control the man and allow the officer to arrest him. The officer reported finding an empty bottle of Xanax in the man’s pocket and that he appeared to be under the influence of both alcohol and drugs. He then began fighting the staff and had to be handcuffed and placed into hospital restraints. The officer then escorted the man with hospital staff to another room to be scanned for a possible brain injury. In that room, the man managed to sit up and attempted to head butt one of the nurses and fought with the officer to the point that the officer had to use three soft empty hand strikes. However, these had no effect and had to threaten to use his Taser-like device if he did not stop fighting. He calmed down for about three minutes while being controlled by the officer and placed in restraints again, but then he started fighting the staff and officer again. At this point, a doctor discharged the suspect so he could be taken to jail. At the jail, the suspect allegedly became belligerent and threatened to fight the officer if he saw him in public.

Two officers responded to the Walmart parking lot on the morning of April 28 after dispatchers received a call of a child left unattended in a vehicle. The officers found a “little” 13-year-old girl, later identified as a special needs child. The officers found her in the back seat of a blue Altima with all the windows up, doors locked and the engine not running. An officer unlocked the car with a lock-out kit and made contact with the girl, who did not speak or communicate with the officers. One of the officers went inside and had the store page the vehicle’s owner, but no one responded. They went back outside to join the other officer and the girl. Bystanders claimed the girl had been in the car for about an hour. Video surveillance showed the car arrive and park at 9:16 a.m.; the woman who had driven the car returned at 9:57 a.m. She said she has custody of the child because the girl’s mother is in prison. It does not appear any charges have been filed in the incident.

Around 3:50 a.m. May 6, officer responded to an alarm call at the Springdale Drive AT&T Wireless store to find the front door with damage to the lock and door unsecured. Officers entered the store and found the inner back door damaged and hanging from damaged hinges. The reporting officer said in a CPD report that it appeared as though the subject tried to make entry or exit through the ceiling in the back room as several ceiling panels were damaged with a large hold in the ceiling. After further investigation, officers determined the damage was caused by the unknown subjects pulling on video internet cables that were now dangling from the ceiling. Officers also found the rear door ajar and the alarm box for the rear door smashed and on the floor. They also found a lock container that secured the video hardware was open. The hardware had been removed with several pieces damaged on the floor. Officers checked the business’ safe, which was intact with all its belongings inside. The CPD estimated damage to the video equipment to be around $2,000.

A Lumberton, N.C. man working on the truck route project at Old River Road and Chesnut Ferry Road said that around 9 a.m. May 7, another man has been making it a habit of walking through the construction site almost every morning for several weeks. Workers have told the man to stay out of the work zone several times, but he did so again on May 7. This time, however, the worker claims the man pulled out a pistol, cocked it and pointed it at him before leaving toward the Collins Circle/King Avenue neighborhood. While being interviewed, the worker pointed out the man to the officer. The officer left to search the neighborhood and found the subject standing outside a house on Collins Circle, but he took off running and the officer could not locate him again. A search with assistance from county deputies failed to locate the subject.

Someone removed an ATM being stored in a leased building on Rutledge Street. The person responsible for the ATM said they were supposed to be told whenever the building transferred ownership so she could remove stored items if that was necessary. She told police she was never contacted prior to a recent change of ownership and was not notified to clean out the property. Despite the new owner’s claim that they had the ATM picked up by the company that actually owns it, the ATM group said it never received it.

Surveillance cameras in Walmart’s parking lot caught two men stealing a marine battery from the back of a pickup truck on the afternoon of May 5. According to a CPD report, a Lugoff man had gone into the store and bought the battery, but returned a short time later after realizing he needed to purchase a fishing license. The surveillance footage showed the men stealing the battery while he was in the store the second time. It appeared they may have left in a silver four-door vehicle.

An unidentified man was caught on surveillance footage early in the morning of May 12 using a brick to break out the front door glass at Trader’s on North Broad Street. The suspect appeared to be a white or light-skinned black male wearing blue or black shorts, dark short-sleeve shirt, reflective shoes and gloves on his hands. His head was covered. Once inside, the burglar rummaged through the registers, taking $70 in coins. He also stole two bottles of vodka.

Someone stole a black 2008 Chevrolet Silverado truck from the Walmart parking lot sometime between 9 p.m. April 29 and 9 p.m. April 30. The owner said her mother-in-law left the truck there because it was having mechanical issues. An officer spoke to the woman’s mother-in-law by phone and she acknowledged leaving the door unlocked and the keys in the door pocket.

Someone broke into a home on Walnut Street on April 27 and stole a Marlin .30-30 rifle and $50 in change. According to the victim, he returned home to find his dog running around the front door after having left him inside while he was gone. He then saw the front door had been forced open and found a screwdriver laying in front of it.

A 26-year-old Camden woman is charged with unlawful neglect of a child after giving birth in mid-April to a baby girl who tested positive for cocaine and methadone. Officers arrested the woman on May 2; she was later released on a $10,000 personal recognizance bond, according to online court records.

Officers arrested a 20-year-old Kershaw man for second-degree assault after he allegedly threatened a co-worker with a knife at the East DeKalb Piggly Wiggly on May 14.

Camden officers also dealt with incidents involving begging, burglary, communicating threats, domestic violence by intimidation, DUI, driving without a valid driver’s license, failing to surrender a suspended driver’s license, gas drive off, harassment, interfering with a municipal officer, forgery, larceny, obscene or harassing phone calls, possible prowler, public disorderly conduct, second-degree domestic violence, shoplifting, theft from a building, theft from a motor vehicle, theft of motor vehicle parts or accessories, third-degree assault, trespassing, unlawful carry of a firearm, and vandalism.

Elgin Police Department (EPD)

Officers arrested a 32-year-old Elgin man on drug and weapons charges on the morning of May 11 after receiving a call about an unresponsive subject parked at the gas pumps at Circle K on Main Street. According to an EPD report, employees said the man had been parked at the pump for approximately two hours and never came in the store or purchased gas. They also said they unsuccessfully tried to wake him up twice. A responding officer found the man slumped over, either asleep or unconscious. The officer startled the man awake, who appeared to be slow in responding to directions. After getting him to open the truck door, the man said he had his driver’s license and a firearm on the front passenger seat. The officer directed the man out of the truck and then reached in to retrieve the man’s wallet so he could get his license out. The man admitted he was not “concealed carry.” The officer also found an opened can of beer in the center console, and the man admitted he’d been drinking before the officer arrived. After getting the man in his patrol car for investigative detention, the officer looked over the .22 caliber handgun and saw that the serial number had been completely painted over. EPD Chief Brown arrived on the same, determined he could not read the serial number either and advised the man he was under arrest. The handgun had one .22 caliber bullet in the chamber and the man had two loaded magazines in his front pocket. The officer also found in the truck some rolling papers, a hypodermic plunger and a box of needles. They also found a hermetically sealed surgical scalpel. The EPD charged the man with unlawful carry of a firearm, possession of drug paraphernalia, open container and public disorderly conduct.

Officers also arrested a 66-year-old Lugoff woman under somewhat similar circumstances on the afternoon of May 1. According to an EPD report, dispatchers received a call about a woman who appeared to be asleep at the wheel on Bowen Street near Salem Methodist Church. The reporting officer arrived at the scene and found the subject asleep in her Jeep Patriot and woke her up. The officer reported seeing, in plain sight between the woman’s thighs, a red lighter and glass smoking pipe, commonly used to smoke crack cocaine. He could also smell the odor of alcohol coming from inside. Chief Brown also came to this scene to assist. When he arrived, the officer asked the woman if she’d been drinking, and she reached down into the center console and handed them a pint-sized bottle of melon-flavored Mad Dog 20/20 that was about one-third full. After instructing her to get out of the Jeep, the woman tried to grab the glass pipe, but complied when asked not to do so. A look through the vehicle turned up a second glass pipe, two pieces of crack cocaine. The officer then had the woman go through a field sobriety test, which she reportedly failed. At that point, the officer arrested her for DUI, open container, possession of crack cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Elgin officers also assisted other agencies and dealt with cases involving domestic disturbance, hit and run, larceny, marijuana possession, meth possession, no driver’s license, possession of drug paraphernalia, shoplifting, trespassing, and vandalism.

Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO)

KCSO deputies dealt with recent involving breach of peace, criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature, driving under suspension, false information to police, larceny (including grand larceny of a motor vehicle), malicious injury to property (including a place of worship), marijuana possession, open container, pointing and presenting a firearm, possession of Sch. I-IV drug, second-degree domestic violence, speeding, theft of electric current, third-degree assault and battery, third-degree domestic violence, trespassing, unlawful carry of a weapon, unlawful conduct toward a child, unlawful use of telephone, and vandalism (including graffiti).

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