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County Crime Report - July 16, 2019
Elgin man charged with threatening to shoot girlfriend
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A Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) deputy arrested and charged a man with pointing and presenting a firearm at a Pinmore Court, Elgin residence on July 1.

According to a KCSO report, the man retrieved the gun and threatened to shoot his girlfriend during an argument over some food she was trying to package for freezing that he, instead, wanted to give away to friends.

The woman told the deputy that at one point during the argument, her boyfriend tried to reach for the food so she knocked it to the floor to keep it away from him. She said that is when he went to get his handgun, presented it to her but without pointing it directly at her, and said that if she touched him, he was going to shoot her in the face.

After making the threat, the man reportedly gathered his things and left the residence. However, he came back while the deputy was on the scene, which is when he was arrested.

The KCSO also reported the following recent incidents:

On June 28, deputies responded to a home on Oak Ridge Church Road near Kershaw to assist EMS with a woman who believed she was suffering a miscarriage. The woman told deputies her boyfriend -- the child’s father -- had punched her in the stomach earlier in the day. Deputies reported both she and the boyfriend appeared to be “coming down” off some type of narcotic. EMS transported the woman to an emergency room; the boyfriend declined to go to the hospital despite claiming that the woman had choked him. No charges were filed at the time of the report.

A county man reported that he has been scammed out of approximately $250,000 during the last two years by a woman he was assisting who claimed they had inherited gold from their deceased father but needed help paying the taxes on it. More recently, a man claiming to be an international private investigator working with Interpol and the FBI claimed that the woman had been arrested and the victim needed to send another $30,000 or she would be released. Deputies advised the man to cease all communication with the people involved.

Lugoff Elementary School Principal Melissa Lloyd reported on July 1 that three men drove up to the school around 8:45 a.m. in a white pickup truck and wearing what appeared to be construction gear. The men drove around a fence where around 50 tires were being kept and took at least some of them before driving away after she came outside to approach them. Principal Lloyd provided video footage of the incident and a deputy took pictures and measurements of tire tracks and shoe prints.

A little after midnight on June 6, deputies made contact with a suspicious man in the parking of Days Inn on U.S. 601 South in Lugoff. During a search of his person, deputies found him in possession of a .22 caliber pistol and 7 grams of methamphetamine. Deputies arrested the man and took him to the county jail where they served him warrants for unlawful carrying of a weapon and possession with intent to distribute meth (second offense). The man’s name was not given in the report.

Deputies trespassed the drivers of a blue pickup truck and white Jeep Wrangler from a property on John G. Richards Road in Camden on June 30 after they allegedly the pickup truck did “donuts” on the property. The vehicles had left the scene before deputies could arrive, but a deputy located them on Peck Woods Road where the white Jeep was involved in a single-car collision that was handled by the S.C. Highway Patrol.

Sometime between 7 p.m. July 1 and 7 a.m. July 2, someone stole a trailer from a White Pond Road job site near Elgin. Someone located the trailer on Highway Church Road, and a deputy followed an employee to that location where they determined that an air compressor, turbine heater, conduit bender and a drop cord were missing.

On June 28, deputies responded to the Department of Social Services offices on East DeKalb Street. The KCSO report listed the incident as “breach of trust with fraudulent intent > $10,000.” The report, as transmitted to the C-I, contained no further information.

A deputy responded to I-20 eastbound at the Exit 92 (Lugoff) on June 28 where someone cutting the grass recovered a gun. It turned out to be a rusted 9mm handgun with eight bullets in the magazine.

Management at the Econo Lodge on U.S. 601 South in Lugoff are pressing charges against a couple who stayed in one of their rooms for stealing a painting from the room, valued at $50, on June 30.

Someone posed as a KCSO deputy on a voice mail and claimed to a male victim that there was an outstanding warrant for his arrest and that he needed to come to a particular street and building.

On June 7, deputies filed a report marked “Gang/Threats/Violence by Member to Solicit” that took place somewhere on U.S. 1 South in Lugoff. No other details were provided.

Someone stole a 15-foot gray and black fiberglass hull boat with a 50-horsepower outboard motor from a Catawba Road location sometime on or before July 7.

Deputies assisted with a wreck on U.S. 1 South in Lugoff involving a S.C. Highway Patrol trooper on July 1.

Sometime on or before June 29, someone stole $700 and four diamond rings from a home in Cassatt.

Someone stole a red moped from a Beaver Dam Road, Cassatt, home on June 30.

County deputies also dealt with recent cases involving assault and battery, breach of trust, civil disturbance, domestic violence, grand larceny of a motor vehicle, improper temporary vehicle tag, larceny, malicious injury to property, possession of crack cocaine, public disorderly conduct, recovered vehicle, simple possession of marijuana, trespassing, and unlawful use of telephone.

(KCSO reports are provided under the S.C. Freedom of Information Act. Subjects are considered innocent until proven guilty.)