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Police report for Oct. 13, 2010

Men arrested for robbing restaurant

Posted: October 12, 2010 12:28 p.m.
Updated: October 13, 2010 5:00 a.m.

Two Camden men were arrested early in the morning Oct. 5 after they were caught with approximately $1,200 in meat and other food items they allegedly stole from a Market Street restaurant.

According to a Camden Police Department (CPD) report, an officer patrolling the area spotted the two men -- Michael Bradley McElveen, 41, and James Edward Woods, 45, who live at the same address on Campbell Street -- riding their bikes north on Church Street near Rutledge Street. He saw that both men were carrying objects. By the time he caught up with them, McElveen got off his bike and placed two large boxes he had been carrying on the bike’s handles. They were marked with the brand name of a meat company and the top had been broken open. They both contained frozen hams.

When the officer asked McElveen where he had gotten the meat, he claimed “some guy on a truck had given it to” him. Woods claimed that McElveen had asked him to help carry some things back and did not know where the meat came from. Woods was carrying three small packages of meat when the officer stopped the men and dropped them in the shadows across the street.

Other officers began checking the area and discovered the back of the Market Street restaurant had been broken into. Shoe prints were found matching those of the shoes McElveen was found to be wearing. A check of the area around the restaurant turned up another box of frozen hams, 10 cooked hams in a tray, a box of vegetables, two boxes of ketchup and several large boxes of chicken.

All the items were returned to the restaurant, but an inventory revealed there was still a large box of salmon missing. All of the chicken and the 10 cooked hams were deemed a loss.

McElveen and Woods were arrested and held pending warrants and were still listed as in custody at the Kershaw County Detention Center.

The CPD reported the following other incidents during the period of Oct. 4-10:

A call of a break-in led to the arrest of the victim and a search for her boyfriend. An officer responded to a Highland Avenue address in reference to a break-in. The back door was kicked in and was completely off its frame, however, nothing was missing or damaged. The victim said she lived there with her boyfriend who had been with her when she discovered the damage but had gone back out. When he returned driving a 1999 Ford SUV the victim claimed was hers. When the officer asked her boyfriend for identification, the man went back out to the car and then came back inside claiming to still be looking for it. The officer ran a check of the vehicle and discovered the license plate had been stolen from a Camden auto rental business. When the officer went to find the boyfriend, he discovered he was gone. The woman was arrested for possession of a stolen plate; the boyfriend was still at large when the report was filed.

A 19-year-old student at Central Carolina Technical College claimed that a 73-year-old male teacher grabbed her by the arm and removed her from class after she complained about the behavior of two other female students. She said the lecture was “intense … regarding the effects of drugs and alcohol on education and division among students of different ethnic backgrounds.” The student said the two females added comments she couldn’t hear and that, when she asked them to repeat themselves, one of the other girls threatened her. That’s when, she said, she asked the teacher to stop the conversation in the back of the room; he allegedly responded by removing her instead.

A man living on Kirkwood Circle said his back door was forced open and several items were missing from inside. A neighbor said they saw three subjects on bicycles carrying what appeared to be a flat screen TV and several other items. The victim reported that the TV, a video console, MP3 player, laptop computer and computer monitor were taken. A speaker amp was also taken from the victim’s vehicle.

A Louisiana woman is being investigated for allegedly molesting her 3-year-old son while she was visiting him in a Camden park.

A woman on Campbell Street said she saw a man on her back porch and screamed. The man fled with $20 of firewood.

City officers also assisted other agencies, served bench warrants and dealt with four public disorderly conduct; two breach of trust and larceny; and one burglary, driving under suspension, failure to acquire valid tags, malicious injury to property, motor vehicle theft, no proof of insurance, possession of drug paraphernalia and theft from a motor vehicle.

 

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 A Columbia man who allegedly pretended to be an undercover Richland County narcotics officer has been arrested.

Kershaw County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) deputies were first alerted to his activities after he shoplifted maps from an Elgin convenience store. Just before 7 a.m. Oct. 5, the man -- now identified as Michael Lynn Miller of Columbia -- walked into a White Pond Road convenience store and, unknown to the clerk, took six maps from a rack and placed them on a side counter. He then meandered through the store and purchased a drink, picked up the maps, claimed he was an undercover officer and had purchased them the day before but needed to return them. When the clerk asked to see Miller’s identification, it showed the picture of a different man.

Around 6:30 that evening, Miller allegedly returned to the same convenience store to get a refund on the maps. Clerks called management who told them to tell Miller to wait. He said he was going to go to a nearby general merchandise store and would come back, but failed to do so.

Miller was arrested over the weekend by Richland County authorities, according to the KCSO, which indicated he may be connected to other crimes.

The KCSO reported the following other incidents during the period of Oct. 4-10:

A 32-year-old Eastover man was allegedly beaten by his younger brothers while visiting family in Elgin. One of the brothers also presented a gun, threatening to kill the victim. The victim and his wife said they were getting ready to leave when one of her husband’s brothers sucker punched him. The other brother allegedly came up behind the victim and began punching him in the lower back and right side. The couple’s juvenile daughter said when she tried to go out the front door during the beating, one of her uncles pushed her down on the floor and kicked her in the chest. The victim’s wife said one of her brothers-in-law went into his bedroom twice. The first time, she said, he returned with a baseball bat, but then retrieved the pistol. She said he threatened to kill her husband and threatened their family. No motivation was given for the attack and no arrests had been made as of Monday morning.

A county man who has twice before been accused of molesting juvenile family members has been accused of doing so again. According to a KCSO report, at least one of the previous cases was expunged by the 5th Circuit Solicitor’s Office. Now, however, allegations have been made from another jurisdiction stating that he handcuffed and sexually assaulted a juvenile female. He allegedly made everyone leave a room in his Kershaw County home except her, blocked the door, handcuffed her and pulled her pants down in an attempt to sexually assault her in several ways. The victim claimed he also touched various parts of her body. At one point, she claimed, she was kicking and screaming so much that he got more handcuffs and cuffed her feet and taped her mouth. No arrest had been made at the time of the report.

A 55-year-old east Camden man will likely face charges of possession with intent to distribute marijuana. KCSO narcotics investigators went to the home following complaints about drugs being sold and marijuana being smoked at the home. When the suspect came outside, investigators could smell the odor of marijuana coming from him. The man cooperated when investigators asked him to bring the marijuana outside, bringing out a glass dish with four bags of marijuana and a small black container with more marijuana in it. He also agreed to let them search the home, remembering another two bags of marijuana were located. Warrants in the case were pending at the time the report was filed.

An 18-year-old female high school student faces multiple sexual harassment and assault charges in connection with a series of incidents on her school bus. Seven other students, both male and female, have alleged that the suspect had made sexual advances or comments toward them. In several cases, the girl has grabbed buttocks, suggested performing oral sex, placed her hands down other girls’ shirts and grabbed their breasts.

Deputies are searching for a male suspect they say was driving a 1979 Ford dump truck at more than 80 mph near the intersection of Smyrna Road and Wildwood Lane near Elgin. A deputy activated blue lights, but the driver failed to stop, continuing across a field and through a ditch. The suspect jumped out and fled on foot. He was not found.

A 41-year-old Camden man was arrested and charged with criminal domestic violence after allegedly striking his girlfriend in the face and head. The victim’s 29-year-old son was also arrested for breach of peace after reportedly threatening to kill the suspect if he wasn’t taken to jail.

Two students at a Camden school were arrested on drug charges Oct. 5. One was charged with simple possession of marijuana for buying the marijuana from the other student, who was charged with distribution within proximity of a school.

Someone went on a Ridgeway Road, Lugoff, home construction site and stole more than $3,300 in construction equipment including 94 sheets of 3/4-inch plywood, 130 16-foot 2x10s, 53 93-inch 2x4 studs, five rolls of house wrap and more.

A man driving down the 2300 block of Springvale Road in Lugoff found a brown leather holster and revolver in the roadway. He waited at the scene until a deputy could recover the items. The gun was a .22 caliber revolver.

Someone kicked in the front door to a Soft Wind Bluff, Lugoff, home and stole a video game console, $700, digital camera, various DVDs, a box of gold jewelry and a silver .25 caliber handgun with a pearl white handle.

Someone forced their way into a Green Pastures Road, Lugoff, home through a window and ransacked the house. More than $900 cash was stolen from the home.

Someone stole a blue 4-door 2004 Subaru Impreza worth $40,000 from where it was parked on Springvale Road in Lugoff.

Someone stole $500 in $20 bills from the safe of a U.S. 1 South fast food restaurant.

County deputies also assisted other agencies, served bench warrants and dealt with eight larceny; seven simple assault and vandalism; six intimidation and public disorderly conduct; five harassing or obscene phone call; three driving under suspension and trespassing; two death, no driver’s license and theft of campaign sign; and one animals at large, ATM/credit card fraud, burglary, disregarding a stop sign, harassment, family offense, forgery, missing person, motor vehicle theft, open container, reckless driving, shoplifting, simple possession of marijuana, speeding, suicide and swindle.

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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