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Crime Report - Sept. 14, 2018

Paper bag burglar strikes vape shop

Posted: September 13, 2018 8:42 a.m.
Updated: September 14, 2018 1:00 a.m.

Camden Police Department (CPD)

A man of unknown age used a brown paper bag over his head in order to conceal his identity while burglarizing Dab City Tobacco & Vape in Springdale Plaza around 4:15 a.m. Aug. 26.

According to a CPD report, officers responded to the business after an alarm sounded. Dispatchers advised the alarm company could see via remote surveillance that a door was open and someone was inside. Five officers arrived on the scene, discovered the front of the shop was secure, but found a metal door at the rear of the building pried open. They cleared the building and did not find anyone inside.

The officers then searched the area, but were unable to locate anyone. Back at the vape shop, an officer found a hammer with black rubber grip, screwdriver with a black handle and a small piece of copper wire on the ground next to the door. The officer also noticed indentations in the door consistent with it being struck with the hammer multiple times and then pried open from a bottom corner.

While it didn’t appear that anything had been disturbed, a key holder arriving on the scene determined that approximately $250 in rolled coins and loose bills had been taken from a drawer next to the cash register, along with cash from the day’s total sales, which amounted to $847.

The key holder pulled surveillance footage from the incident that showed a white male with an average or slender build enter the store through the rear, wearing what appeared to be a brown paper bag over his head. The subject walked to the drawer where the money was and removed it, then walked around the store calmly as if he was not in a hurry. He then walked to a display case and took something, but it could not be determined exactly what was removed. He then appeared to calmly walk out of the store through the rear door just prior to officers arriving on the scene.

Despite wearing the paper bag, the man did not use gloves during the burglary and officers recovered four partial fingerprints as evidence, along with the tools the subject used.

The CPD also reported the following other recent incidents:

The CPD is investigating an assault case involving a 43-year-old male victim who suffered what appear to be injuries from someone hitting him with a bat. According to an incident report, officers responded to a residence on the 1100 block of Fairlawn Drive in the Burndale neighborhood around 11:20 p.m. Aug. 31. When they arrived, they found EMS already on the scene, loading the victim onto a stretcher and into an ambulance. The victim, who had apparently been drinking, said he was sitting on a couch when a man struck him with a baseball bat before leaving in a red vehicle. However, he also said he confronted a woman living in the house and asked her why she had done this to him. Officers reported he suffered a fractured left shin, broken jaw and a laceration on his head, and that they found blood drops and splatters in the living room and elsewhere. The woman in the home said she has an order of protection against the victim, but allows him to stay in her home often despite it. She said she did not even know he was in the house until he confronted her, and doesn’t know how he gained entry. Officers recovered the bat and found where three window screens had been removed, including one window that was open, which may have been how the victim got inside.

Officers responded to the Cheap Way convenience store on West DeKalb Street around 11:30 p.m. Aug. 24 for an alleged hit and run accident. As it turned out, a 37-year-old Bethune man driving the offending vehicle reported while his wife was in the store, a 51-year-old Camden man had approached him and began arguing with him. He said he put the car in drive and tried to leave when the older man punched at him through the open driver’s side window, causing him to make contact with a parked car. During the altercation, the Camden man allegedly broke off both side view mirrors. He also allegedly pulled out a handgun and threatened the younger man before reportedly jumping into a black Acura and leaving the scene. As of Aug. 28, it did not appear the Camden man had been arrested nor any charges filed.

A 46-year-old Lancaster woman who was discharged from KershawHealth on Aug. 27 is accused of stealing a wheelchair -- with assistance from a 68-year-old man and a woman who is possibly his wife -- from the hospital. The hospital said it would only prosecute if the wheelchair -- which had an oxygen tank attached to it -- is not returned. After initially unsuccessful attempts to get in touch with the woman, a nurse at the hospital re-contacted the responding officer and said they spoke with an acquaintance of the accused who claimed they would have the woman return the wheelchair “whenever she saw her.”

Officers arrested a 42-year-old Columbia man around 10 p.m. Aug. 25 for third-degree assault after he allegedly struck his 30-year-old girlfriend in the face and chest during an altercation at her apartment on Douglas Street. During the struggle, he reportedly struck the woman’s 9-year-old daughter accidentally. He then reportedly ran from the scene; officers found him hiding behind some bushes at Boykin Park.

On Aug. 23, officers charged a 35-year-old male detainee at the Kershaw County Detention Center already being held on other charges with “throwing of bodily fluids” (third-degree assault) after he allegedly spit at detention center employees and threatened to kill one of them. The man reportedly became aggressive during the intake process after being transported by officers.

An officer responded to the Piggly Wiggly parking lot on East DeKalb Street around 8 p.m. Aug. 24 after Kershaw County deputies arrived on the scene in response to an incident involving a stolen vehicle. The officer met with the vehicle owner, from Lugoff, who said their 32-year-old son took the vehicle while she was out of town and she reported it stolen.

Someone managed to steal a debit card from a 43-year-old Hartsville woman after she left the Piggly Wiggly on East DeKalb Street on Aug. 25 and used it to make purchases at a convenience store and restaurant. The unknown thief spent $16.92 at Wendy’s, and then $59 at the nearby BP gas station.

A woman living on Knights Hill Road reported that someone managed to steal her dark green 1999 Toyota Rav 4 from in front of her home while she was inside for no more than 20 minutes while feeding her cats on Aug. 19. Units patrolled the area, but could not find the vehicle.

Camden officers also dealt with recent incidents involving burglary, communicating threats, credit/debit card fraud, driving too fast for conditions, DUI, driving under suspension, failure to return rental property, identity theft, interfering with a municipal officer, larceny, malicious injury to property, marijuana possession, methamphetamine possession, minor in possession of alcohol, motor vehicle break-in, obscene/harassing phone calls, pointing and presenting a firearm (no arrest), scam, shoplifting, theft of a motor vehicle, third-degree assault, third-degree domestic violence, trespassing, and vandalism.

Elgin Police Department (EPD)

An EPD officer arrested a 25-year-old Lugoff man for possession with intent to distribute marijuana following a traffic stop around 1:15 p.m. Aug. 26. According to an EPD report, the officer stopped Brian Lee Snider, of Dry Branch Road, after noticing he and a passenger were not wearing seatbelts.

The officer caught up with the driver, later identified as Snider, and turned on his blue lights, but Snider continued on Ross Street until pulling into the Circle K parking lot. There, Snider began to get out of the truck, but the officer ordered him to stay inside. Both he and his 19-year-old female passenger said they simply forgot to put on their seatbelts.

After asking them for their identification, the officer noticed an odor of marijuana coming from inside the truck. Snider claimed he had been around some people smoking marijuana earlier in the day, but eventually picked up a purple vinyl lunch box, reached inside and handed the officer two plastic bags filled with marijuana. Snider claimed he only had a total of about 1 1/2 ounces, and the officer later determined there was a total of 48 grams, which is just over 1 1/2 ounces. He also admitted to having eight vials of liquid cannabis under the passenger seat.

Since the total weight of both the solid and liquid marijuana was over 28 grams, the officer arrested Snider for possession with intent to distribute marijuana and cited him and the girl for the seatbelt violations.

The EPD also reported the following other recent incidents:

Sometime between 5:30 p.m. Aug. 30 and 10 a.m. Aug 31, someone tried to steal a 7-foot by 16-foot enclosed trailer that had been attached to a truck owned by Advantage Pest Management and parked at Mike Taylor Properties on Main Street. According to the EPD report, it appears the attempted theft began by attempting cut the padlock to a gate, but when that failed, the thieves apparently attached a steel cable and pulled down the gate. An officer could see the trailer tongue was on the ground with an approximately 12-foot trench line extending from the trailer’s original location to the southwest, apparently created while the trailer stand/jack was in an upright position as the trailer was being dragged. The officer reported the lock securing the trailer to the truck had been cut with only the shackle remaining on the ground near the hitch. The trailer had been attached to a 2004 Chevrolet pickup and the officer found large dent on the rear passenger side. It appeared that the thieves had moved their vehicle close enough to attach trailer chains in order to pull the trailer away from the truck. The officer recovered various fibers and pieces of rubber, and measured and took photographs of shoe prints and tire tracks.

Sometime between Aug. 7 and 21, someone stole 20 rebar steel rods from the Hwy. 55 restaurant construction site, the same location from which someone stole some heavy equipment during August.

Sometime between 8 a.m. Aug. 21 and 5:45 p.m. Aug. 24, someone stole a semi-automatic 12 gauge shotgun from a home on the 2300 block of Watson Street.

Elgin officers also dealt with recent incidents involving breach of trust, broken seal, driving under suspension, emergency (adult) protective custody, hit and run, littering, motor vehicle collision (improper turn), no driver’s license, no proof of insurance, public consumption, public disorderly conduct, shoplifting, trespassing, and vehicle collision.

Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO)

Kershaw County deputies arrested 44-year-old Roy Lindy Lovell III, of Old White Pond Road, Lugoff, on several charges after a woman living on Cherokee Boulevard outside Elgin accused him of breaking into her home and stealing several items.

According to a KCSO incident report, the burglary took place sometime on or before Aug. 27. The woman told a deputy the unknown person entered her residence by removing an air conditioner unit that had been taped into a bedroom window. Once inside, she said they stole a medium-sized safe, a 27-inch TV and a 40-inch TV. As the deputy checked the residence with her, the woman said she also noticed that an old handgun was missing. She said the person who took the items might be someone she knew because the safe had been in the closet covered with a sheet and boxes to make it look like another box. Also, they left a laptop and power tools in the living room, indicating they knew what they wanted to steal from inside the residence.

On Aug. 28, the woman asked the deputy to return to talk about the burglary. She informed the deputy that she had also discovered she was missing a rifle, and that the safe contained family documents, checkbooks and titles to property. The woman also said she learned that a female acquaintance thought they might have purchased some jewelry that belonged to the victim. In addition, she said while she was away during the previous weekend, she allowed another woman to borrow her car, providing that person access to a key to her residence.

The first woman arrived, along with the victim’s father, and showed her the jewelry, which had also been in the safe that was stolen. That woman said she and the victim’s father had heard that the boyfriend of the woman who borrowed the victim’s car was the one trying to sell the jewelry and purchased it from him for $30.

That man turned out to be Lovell.

According to a separate incident report, KCSO narcotics agents executed a search warrant at Lovell’s Old White Pond Road residence in Lugoff on Aug. 31 while he was present. Agents detained Lovell, who cooperated with them by indicating which room in the home was his. There, agents found three containers that contained marijuana and marijuana paraphernalia, including a pipe, two grinders (one of which also contained some loose marijuana) and three bags of marijuana.

Agents arrested Lovell and transported him to the Kershaw County Detention Center, charging him with safecracking, first-degree burglary and marijuana possession. Online court records give no indication of bond being set for the first-degree burglary charge, but do show a judge set bond on the safecracking charge at $20,000 and $615 for the marijuana charge.

Lovell remains detained at the county jail.

The KCSO also reported the following other recent incidents:

Deputies arrested two people on drug charges, including a man they had arrested on similar charges in late May. According to a KCSO incident report and online court records, deputies arrested a woman, Lauren Dale Ritch, 19, of Andrew Lane, Lugoff, and Micque Burnell Wood, 42, of Opal Lane, Lugoff, and charged them with one count each of possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine and possession with intent to distribute cocaine on Sept. 3. A deputy’s report showed that they were on routine patrol on Wildwood Lane when they conducted a traffic stop on a red Kia without a license tag. The actually made the stop on Magnolia lane and, as the Kia came to a stop, the deputy saw Ritch throw a white-topped pill bottle from the right front passenger seat. The deputy approached the car’s driver -- later identified as Wood -- and asked him to step out of the vehicle. He then asked Wood if he had anything illegal on him and then asked permission to search his pockets. At that point, Wood pulled out a digital scale out of one of his pockets that had some cocaine residue on it. The deputy then retrieved the pill bottle from the ground and it contained what tested positive as powder cocaine as well as some crack cocaine. Ritch claimed Wood gave her the bottle to throw out of the car. The deputy seized more than $1,100 cash from Wood. The deputy charged them with possession with intent to distribute because the approximate weight of the cocaine was 2.26 grams and the crack, 1.76 grams. According to court records, both Ritchie and Wood are out on a total of $10,000 bond each. In May, deputies arrested Wood and charged him with trafficking crack cocaine, trafficking cocaine, possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime and being a felon in possession of a firearm. Those charges are still pending. In 2011, deputies arrested Wood on allegations he used his then 8-year-old son to lure the boy’s mother to his home where he allegedly beat and raped her. At the time, deputies originally charged Wood with first-degree criminal sexual conduct, kidnapping and criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature. However, online court records show Wood was only tried on criminal domestic violence charge and found guilty in 2012. A judge sentenced him to seven years in prison with credit for the time he had spent in jail awaiting trial. It is unclear when Wood was released from prison.

A man wanted for his role in a February attempted murder case is now behind bars. Deputies arrested Jake Santonio McCray, 26, of Wateree Boulevard, Camden on Sept. 2 in connection with the “brutal” beating of an Elgin man on February 14. The following day, deputies arrested a suspected accomplice -- Quenterio Jamal Wilson, 23, of Dixon Road, Elgin -- and charged him with attempted murder. Wilson is still being held without bond at the county jail. In a press release at the time of Wilson’s arrest, KCSO officials said the beating was so “horrific” that the victim’s face had to undergo reconstructive surgery. McCray, a registered sex offender who had been previously arrested for armed robbery with a deadly weapon, attempted armed robbery, and conspiracy to commit kidnapping, managed to elude capture until Sept. 2. Back in 2010, deputies arrested McCray and two others for their roles in the attempted armed robbery of an elderly couple in the cemetery of Antioch Baptist Church. A judge sentenced him to seven years in prison.

(Incident reports are provided by the Camden and Elgin police departments and the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office. They 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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