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Law Enforcement Report - Aug. 17, 2011

Juveniles, 12 and 16, burglarize homes

Posted: August 16, 2011 4:01 p.m.
Updated: August 17, 2011 5:00 a.m.

The Camden Police Department (CPD) and Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) worked together to solve a series of burglaries and ended up finding two boys at the center of their joint investigation.

CPD officers responded to a burglary in the Southern Oaks subdivision off Black River Road around 3 p.m. Aug. 11. There, a woman who went out for about 90 minutes said she returned home to find her garage door and a door leading from the garage into the house open. She said she then noticed the rear door had been forced open. She reported a couch and television stand were moved in the living room and jewelry taken from a jewelry box in a bedroom.

The CPD requested assistance from the KCSO’s K9 unit. CPD Chief Joe Floyd said the team led investigators through woods behind the home to a mobile home park off Precipice Road. There, he said, they found two boys, ages 12 and 16, who eventually confessed not only to the Southern Oaks burglaries, but one other in the city and three in the county.

“We made contact with one of the boys’ mothers and she gave consent to search the home and we found some of the stuff there,” Floyd said.

He said the other city of Camden case involved a home in the neighboring Black River Place subdivision several days earlier. The boys are accused of entering a Rapid Run Road residence and stealing three laptop computers and $3,000 in clothing, including 25 hats.

KCSO investigators said the boys are allegedly responsible for two burglaries in their own mobile home park off Precipice Road and at a home on Rush Lane. Investigators said most of the items stolen from those locations included electronics.

The CPD reported the following other incidents during the period of Aug. 8-14:

An unidentified man reportedly entered a North Broad Street convenience store asking to purchase some “blunts.” The clerk told the man he needed to leave, at which point he began using profanity, but left. She said he got into the driver’s side of a small gray car, possibly occupied by two other men, and drove off toward the Kirkwood community. While driving away, the man allegedly struck a barrier protecting gas pumps, causing damage and leaving behind a 6-foot piece of plastic torn off the car. The clerk said the same man caused a similar disturbance about two weeks earlier, but she did not who he was.

Contractors working at the new Camden High athletic complex discovered a trencher they rented from a local company was stolen during a job out in the county. Rental company management said a man sold the trencher around the time it was stolen for $1,800.

A woman claimed her husband held a knife to her neck and threatened to kill her during an argument. The man said his wife threatened to kill him and have him arrested when police arrived. The woman said her husband also pushed her head into a wall, but later said he merely bumped her head on a door jamb. Officers did not locate the knife and did not arrest anyone.

A woman living on the 600 block of Broad Street reported coming home from vacation to find someone had broken into her home through a back door. She reported the only thing missing was a bag of frozen shrimp from her freezer.

Someone removed the tires, gas tank, two batteries, fire extinguisher and canvas cover from a 15-foot boat being kept at a Tickle Hill Road storage facility. The thieves apparently pulled up a fence to gain entrance to the boat.

Someone broke into a Chesnut Street apartment and stole a refrigerator, stove and range hood. An officer reported it appeared a homeless person may have been using the apartment as a place to stay.

Someone pried open a file cabinet in the reception area in KershawHealth’s oncology department, but it does not appear anything was taken.

Camden officers also assisted other agencies, served bench warrants and dealt with five vandalism; three larceny; two forgery, shoplifting, theft from a building and theft from a motor vehicle; one ATM/credit card fraud, attempted suicide, burglary, criminal domestic violence, malicious injury to property, public disorderly conduct, runaway, theft of motor vehicle parts or accessories and trespassing.


A KCSO deputy arrested a 46-year-old Marion man for DUI after observing him erratically driving a tractor trailer on I-20 westbound near the Lugoff exit.

Someone called 911 from around mile marker 101 around 7:15 p.m. Friday and said the tractor trailer was swerving on the roadway. At approximately the 98 mile marker near the Camden exit, the deputy noticed traffic had become very congested and slow. As he crested the bridge near the exit, the deputy reported seeing the trailer in the right lane traveling at an “extremely slow speed” and swerving with no one trying to pass it.

The deputy initiated a traffic stop, but the driver initially ignored his lights and siren, not stopping for another mile. The deputy found the driver to be intoxicated to the point that he almost fell out of the truck cab. He failed field sobriety tests and was taken to jail where he refused a breath sample.

Jail records show the man was released Saturday.

The KCSO reported the following other incidents during the period of Aug. 8-14:

Deputies searched for the culprit who stole a motorcycle Aug. 4 from a home on Hazelhurst Street that was then recovered around 6:30 a.m. Aug. 9. Deputies recovered the disabled blue and silver 1997 Yamaha YZF600 on nearby Lakeshore Drive in Camden with no around it. The victim said he returned from vacation and realized the motorcycle was missing, replaced by two couches that did not belong to him. He said he also noticed the doors to one of his other vehicles were open and the vehicle had been pulled back out of the carport in order to get to the motorcycle. Witnesses said they saw different people come to the home during the time the victim was on vacation, but did not see anyone take anything.

Deputies arrested two 18-year-old men and one 17-year-old boy and turned over several juveniles to their parents after breaking up an underage drinking party on Holly Trail near the Fairfield County line on Lake Wateree. An anonymous caller tipped off deputies to the party who found several vehicles in the roadway with teenagers standing by them. They discovered several of the teens were in possession of beer cans that were partially full and cold to the touch. One of the boys also admitted to being in possession of marijuana after a deputy noticed the smell.

Deputies arrested a 23-year-old Camden man after he reportedly assaulted his girlfriend Aug. 11. The woman told deputies her boyfriend got angry after she told his son to go back to the living room while she and her daughter got dressed. She alleged he hit her in the face, spit on her and began hitting her again. Deputies arrested the man and took him to jail and impounded his vehicle in connection with a drug-related matter. Jail records indicate he was released the next day.

A witness saw a truck drive up to a neighbor’s home and called the homeowner who asked to see who the truck belonged to. When the witness went toward the truck, they saw a man enter the truck and drive off. The witness then checked the home and determined it had been burglarized. Deputies found the suspect had forced open a rear door, rummaged through the bedroom and closet, including opening a safe, but only took $200 in quarters from a bedroom dresser.

Someone entered a Quiet Lane, Lugoff, home through an unlocked side door and stole a 12-gauge automatic rifle, .270 caliber rifle, another 12-gauge rifle, approximately $230 cash and some video games. The suspect also apparently went through some dresser drawers, a jewelry box and a safe.

One or more persons called in separate bomb threats to KershawHealth’s Elgin Urgent Care center. The first caller made the threat around 10:20 a.m. Aug. 8; the second caller did so, via a 911 call, around 7:10 a.m. Saturday.

A 28-year-old old Cassatt woman allegedly broke into an Old Georgetown Road home and stayed there for three days before allegedly leaving with some of the victim’s clothes.

The KCSO is investigating allegations that a 46-year-old county man raped a woman from Washington State while visiting the area following her father’s death.

Someone broke into a Cherokee Boulevard, Elgin, home and stole a lock box with paper, checks and a ring inside.

Investigators are looking into allegations that a 21-year-old man has had sexual relations with a 15-year-old girl.

Someone stole a .22 caliber rifle from a room at a Jefferson Davis Highway, east Camden, motel.

County deputies also assisted other agencies, served bench warrants and dealt with 12 vandalism; 10 simple assault; nine larceny; five public disorderly conduct; four harassing or obscene phone call; three intimidation; two burglary, death, forgery, narcotics, runaway, theft from a building, theft from a motor vehicle and trespassing; and one aggravated assault, breach of peace, criminal domestic violence, harassment, motor vehicle theft, no driver’s license, prowler, simple possession of marijuana, shoplifting, swindle and theft of motor vehicle parts or accessories.

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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