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Camden Crime Report - Aug. 2, 2019

Camden Police Department (CPD) officers arrested a Newberry woman for shoplifting nearly $250 worth of meat from the Piggly Wiggly on East DeKalb Street and the Food Lion in Dusty Bend. According to a CPD report, the 49-year-old woman’s criminal history includes multiple previous charges for shoplifting and shoplifting enhancement.

Around 8 p.m. July 26, the woman allegedly entered the Piggly Wiggly and stole multiple packs of meat by placing them into a dark-colored bag. She then reportedly exited the store and got into a silver Chevrolet Tahoe. Dispatchers soon learned that a citizen was following the Tahoe and informed them of where the vehicle was going. This allowed another officer to locate the vehicle and stop it on the Donald H. Holland Memorial Bridge on U.S. 1 going over the CSX railroad tracks.

The first officer transported a Piggly Wiggly employee to the traffic stop and they positively identified the woman as the shoplifter. A search of the vehicle turned up multiple packs of chicken, steaks, sausage, bacon and several bags of shrimp. Officers also found multiple packs of meat from the Food Lion in Dusty Bend in the vehicle. One of the officers speaking with the driver -- a 61-year-old Orangeburg man -- learned they had just left the Dusty Bend area.

It turned out the Orangeburg man was wanted out of Newberry County. A further search of the vehicle turned up a cigarette pack belonging to the driver that had multiple glass pipes used for smoking drugs. The woman also had a debit card with someone else’s name on it.

Officers charged her with shoplifting, third and/or subsequent offense. As of Tuesday morning, she was being held at the Kershaw County Detention Center on $5,000 bond.

Officers cited the man for possession of drug paraphernalia and held him for Newberry County.

The CPD also reported the following recent incidents:

Officers arrested a 53-year-old Camden man for allegedly stealing a bike from behind a residence on West DeKalb Street near the Wylie Street intersection on the morning of July 13. An employee of the gas station across the street had alerted officers earlier in the morning that the man had taken a red and white lawn chair/garden bench from the back of the residence and placed it in his truck. When they called back to report the bike theft two hours later, officers found the truck and stopped it at Laurens and Gordon streets. Following the traffic stop, they cited the man for driving under suspension, gave him a warning for a turn-signal violation, and seized the bike pending further investigation.

As of Tuesday, officers were searching for a 23-year-old Cassatt man they allege provided false information when pulled over for speeding back on May 30. It appears that when officers cited the man they pulled over, he provided the name and information of a 25-year-old Elgin man. That man contacted police on July 25 stating that tickets issued in his name were never given to him and that he was not in Camden on May 30. Officers used their knowledge of the true suspect’s wife’s identity to confirm his true name and are now seeking his whereabouts to charge him with identity theft and providing false information to police.

An officer arrested Sheri Lynn Link, 43, of Smallwood Road, Columbia, around 1:30 p.m. July 12 for possession with intent to distribute (PWID) marijuana and other drug charges after spotting her white Ford F-150 pickup truck traveling at 48 mph in a 30 mph zone on Knights Hill Road. During the traffic stop, the officer located 32.2 grams of marijuana, 14 pills of a Vicodin-type drug in an unlabeled bottle, multicolored grinder, black digital scale and a cigarette/joint roller. In addition to PWID marijuana, the officer charged Link with possession of a Schedule II drug, possession of drug paraphernalia, and speeding.

Camden officers are looking into an odd case of identity theft whereby a paystub belonging to one employee at a West DeKalb Street loan office ended up with a co-worker’s name on it. The victim said she had assisted her co-worker with obtaining a vehicle from a Lugoff used car dealer. Both she and the co-worker said they have no idea how the second woman’s name ended up on the first employee’s paystub. They said they both believe that the car dealer somehow altered the paystub.

A 16-year-old juvenile male is accused of stealing three X-ray scan key badges and a pair of reading glasses from Camden Bone & Joint on Mill Street while working for a contractor working on renovations at the office. The boy reportedly confessed to taking the items and returned the glasses and two of the three badges. The contractor fired the teenager. The following day, office staff reported finding two cement benches destroyed that had been there since 2003.

A Camden man said he was attacked by another man somewhere near the intersection of Goodale Avenue and West DeKalb Street on the evening of July 21. The man said his attacker may have used brass knuckles to hit him in the face, causing him to fall down and then kicked him once he was on the ground before fleeing the scene. An ambulance transported the man to the hospital where he received staples to help close two lacerations above his right eye.

Between 3:15 and 6:30 p.m. July 14, someone cut the lock to and then removed an electric meter from a house on the 600 block of Laurens Street, thereby depriving the home of electricity. A city utility worker replaced the meter after police officers retrieved a partial palm print from the meter box.

Someone stole a 2003 GMC Envoy from the parking lot of CVS in Dusty Bend during a short period of time on July 29. According to a CPD report, the owner said that when they left the vehicle there, all the windows were down.

Managers at the McDonald’s on Wall Street near I-20 Exit 98 are accusing an employee who was hired recently of taking $80 from a cash register for their own use.

Someone stole a 47-inch flat screen TV from a second-floor bedroom at a Chesnut Street apartment on or before July 16.

Someone managed to get on to the former Miller Lumber property on York Street and stole 10 boxes of ridge vent valued at approximately $1,000 on or before July 20.

Camden officers also dealt with other incidents involving communicating threats, driving under suspension, harassment, identity theft, larceny, motor vehicle theft, possession of drug paraphernalia, second-degree assault, second-degree domestic violence, shoplifting, simple possession of marijuana, stalking, theft from a building, theft from a motor vehicle, third-degree domestic violence, trespassing, and vandalism.

(The Camden Police Department provides reports under the S.C. Freedom of Information Act. All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty.)