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Police report for Oct. 6, 2010

Couple allegedly scammed by 'Rev. Light'

Posted: October 5, 2010 2:34 p.m.
Updated: October 6, 2010 5:00 a.m.

A man who called himself “Rev. Life” allegedly swindled a Pageland couple out of $42,000, according to a Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) report.

When the husband lost his job in 2003, the report said, the couple answered an advertisement for “Rev. Life” for spiritual counseling. During the sessions, the suspect told the couple to bring their money to him “and he would wash it because it was dirty.”

Over time, the couple brought him the $42,000 to wash and cleanse. In the first session, “Rev. Life” reportedly broke an egg over the money and it was full of worms. The wife has said that she has been trying to get the money back ever since, but that the suspect claimed the cash was now in Jerusalem.

The KCSO reported the following other incidents during the period of Sept. 27 - Oct. 3:

Two Camden men are accused in separate incidents of assaulting another man and “living” in a vacant Gardner Street house. On Sept. 27, deputies were dispatched to a Jefferson Davis Highway, east Camden, convenience store in response to an assault. A 45-year-old man said the first two men, both in their mid-40s, jumped him while he was walking to the store. While en route, deputies learned the men were assaulting the victim for a second time. The victim said he was at the corner of U.S. 1 and DeLoach Street when the suspects came up from behind and struck him in the head and then jumped on him. He said he was able to fight them off and continue to the store. On the way back home, however, the suspects struck him in the back of the head a second time, knocking him to the ground where they continued hitting him. The victim said he was able to fight them off again. The next day, deputies were called to Gardner Street just outside Camden’s city limits and learned the two suspects and a 35-year-old man were staying at the otherwise vacant house and stripping wire from it. Deputies arrived to find all three men there with already-stripped wire. The first two suspects said they were homeless and had been staying in the house for a few weeks; the third man had only been there a few days at most. The first two suspects were taken into custody, but wrote statements at the jail that the third man had participated in stripping the wiring. He had not been arrested as of Monday morning.

A 28-year-old Elgin man was arrested for allegedly beating his girlfriend and threatening to shoot her with a gun. Deputies were dispatched to a Tupelo Road, Elgin, address and met with the victim in the front yard. She said she and her live-in boyfriend had gotten into an argument over how long it had taken him to return from Charlotte, N.C. During the argument, she said, he shoved her from a computer she was sitting at and tried to unplug it. He grabbed a handgun, blocked the victim from leaving the room and shot out an air conditioning unit. She said he then pointed the gun at her. He also grabbed her phone when she called 911 and threw it. He then reportedly gave the gun to his mother, with whom they live. He picked her up and tried to carry her outside, but she fought back and he dropped her. He got another gun, went outside and fired another shot before coming back inside and shoving her a few more times. Deputies recovered a 9mm gun from the scene, given to them by the victim’s mother. The man was charged with criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature. He has since been released from jail.

A 41-year-old Elgin man is still in jail, accused of both stealing a woman’s car and breaking into a McGee Street storage shed. Both incidents reportedly took place Sept. 29. In the first report, a woman living on Veterans Row said she was trying to jump start her green 1996 Dodge Grand Caravan when the suspect and another man drove up asking if she needed any yard work done. She said no and went inside, thinking the men were leaving. About 10 minutes later, she came back outside and found the van gone. Around the same time, deputies were called to the McGee Street address where a man said someone had cut the lock to his storage shed and stolen a generator, welder and $500 in tools. A man living at the home said he heard dogs barking and when he went to check, saw a man believed to be the suspect drive up to the shed in a green Dodge Caravan. The suspect was later arrested.

A 49-year-old man is being sought in connection with an alleged rape at an east Camden motel. A 44-year-old woman was staying in the room with a 19-year-old man when the suspect showed up, sat down and started drinking beer he’d brought with him. The victim and the witness said they asked the suspect to leave, but he refused. Eventually, they fell asleep, but the witness said he was awakened by noise and woke up to find the man removing his clothes. When he asked him what he was doing, the suspect allegedly told him not to say anything or he would kill him. The suspect then allegedly removed the victim’s clothes and started to have sex with her, waking her up. She said she was able to get him off her and get a knife, forcing him to flee the room.

A county woman told deputies her 10-year-old son has claimed that, while visiting his father in Charleston recently, he showed him pictures of naked women on his computer. The woman said this was not the first time her son has said this and that she filed a report with the Elgin Police Department in late July.

A 22-year-old man is accused of having sexual relations with and supplying drugs and alcohol to a 15-year-old girl. According to a KCSO report, the young man had allegedly been sneaking the girl out of her house in order for them to be together. The girl admitted the relationship had been going on for two years.

A 25-year-old Lexington woman allegedly took two minors from Cassatt with her while driving drunk. The juveniles had asked their mother’s permission to go with the suspect to an east Camden store and around 5:30 p.m. Sept. 24. The woman agreed and went to bed but was awakened around 11 p.m. by sheriff’s deputies asking about a burglary. The juveniles said they had been dropped back off at the house around 9 p.m. Their mother said she hadn’t given the suspect permission to take them anywhere else and that she didn’t know the girl was drinking and driving.

Someone broke into sheds at a Watson Street, Elgin, home and stole a 1989 white Ford Crown Victoria. The car’s owner said he discovered the car was missing and then saw where his mother’s Ford F-150 had been broken into as well. He also saw that the unknown suspects broke into a shed and took a drop cord. Another shed was broken into and a 60-gallon water tank was stolen.

Deputies are searching for a 36-year-old Cassatt man they said failed to stop for a stop sign, almost hitting a deputy at Collins Circle and Kings Avenue. The suspect then failed to stop at a second stop sign at Duell Street and Chesnut Ferry Road Extension, turning left and then right on to Wateree Boulevard where he stopped in the roadway. The deputy approached the suspect and told him to turn the car off. The suspect called the deputy by name and then sped off again. The deputy followed with blue lights and sirens as the suspect went down Wateree Boulevard and turned left on to Ballfield Road. Just as he approached the entrance to an apartment complex, the suspect abandoned the car and ran to the left crossing the road toward Kings Avenue.

Someone pried open the rear door to a Dove Road, Camden, residence and stole a TV and surround sound system.

Someone entered a Flint Hill Road, Camden, property and took four 8-foot farm gates.

A woman whose Flat Rock Road, Camden, house was destroyed by fire in early September said she recently discovered that a items worth more than $42,000 were missing. It was unclear whether these items were destroyed in the fire or stolen beforehand.

Someone stole a black skid steer loader worth $50,000 from a Lachicotte Road storage facility where it was being used for grading. According to deputies, the theft may be related to another at the corner of U.S. 601 and Lachicotte Road where a skid-type tractor worth $16,000 has gone missing.

An 18-year-old boy may face charges of child endangerment for taking his 8-year-old brother out of the home around 1 a.m. and not returning until around 5:30 that morning. The boy told deputies his brother had been drinking hard lemonade and had an open can of beer in the car. He said his brother was swerving while driving and that he had been scared. The boy also said they stopped at a store and a friend’s house.

Several people reported seeing a 27-year-old Lugoff man assaulting his wife Friday morning. A deputy responding to the scene asked the victim what happened and she said her husband had dragged her across the pavement in front of their house and chocked her until she nearly passed out. The deputy reported seeing injuries consistent with the woman’s statement. The man had already fled the scene. The woman was transported to the hospital after complaining of chest pains.

A 42-year-old Hopkins man was arrested Saturday afternoon after deputies found a bag with 1.3 grams worth of marijuana in two cigarette-shaped items in his car at Porter Cross Road in Lugoff.

A man living on Charm Hill Road in Lugoff said he heard his dog barking around 6:45 a.m. Saturday. When he walked out he noticed a man standing beside him who struck him with the head, knocking him to the ground. The man took his wallet, which was later found in the victim’s yard, short $250 cash.

County deputies also assisted other agencies, served bench warrants and dealt with 12 vandalism; seven public disorderly conduct; five simple assault; four intimidation and theft from a building; three burglary, criminal domestic violence and theft from a motor vehicle; two death, disturbing school, harassing or obscene phone call and motor vehicle theft; and one ATM/credit card fraud, dog bite, gas drive off, harassment, family offenses, larceny, malicious injury to animals, possession of drug paraphernalia, prowler, runaway, simple possession of marijuana and theft of motor vehicle parts or accessories.

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An employee of a West DeKalb Street department has been accused of stealing approximately $2,800 from the cash register.

According to a Camden Police Department (CPD) report, the young woman was confronted Sept. 27 after stealing $200. She returned that money, but may still face charges of breach of trust.

The CPD reported the following other incidents during the period of Sept. 27-Oct. 3:

Someone broke out a window to a full-size pickup truck parked at a Hampton Street residence and stole two shotguns from the back seat.

A 47-year-old Kershaw man is accused of taking portions of his aunt’s disability allowance and converting it to his personal use.

Two students at Camden High School reported that their book bags containing their district-issued laptops were stolen from the school grounds.

Camden police also assisted other agencies, served bench warrants and dealt with one ATM/credit card fraud, breach of trust, burglary, counterfeiting, driving under suspension, larceny, possession of drug paraphernalia, simple assault, theft from a building, theft from a motor vehicle, trespassing and vandalism.

Incident reports are provided by the Camden Police Department and Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office 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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