Police blotter for 4/17

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 According to Lancaster Police Department reports:

•  Officers discovered a police car computer was stolen sometime between Feb. 4 and March 15. A maintenance worker was jumping the car’s battery when he noticed the under-hood computer was missing, a report said. Estimated value of the computer is $1,498, plus $98 to reprogram. 

• Counterfeit money was found at a Lancaster convenience store March 16. A manager at Crenco’s convenience store, 1449 S.C. 9 Bypass, told officers she found a fake $20 bill while checking her cash drawer. The manager said the counterfeit bill was used by a woman who came into the store the night before.

The next day, March 17, an employee at Crenco at 700 S. Main St., said a man tried to pay with a counterfeit $100 bill. The employee told the man it was counterfeit and the customer took it back, saying he was going back to where he got it to exchange it, a report said. Officers closed the case because the store didn’t suffer a loss. 

• A Lancaster woman reported damage to her television March 17. The Hubbard Drive resident told officers someone destroyed her flat-screen television. Officers noticed deep cuts on the top of the television, as well as scratches on the screen, a report said. They also noticed the TV appeared to have been hit near the center of the screen with a blunt object, causing it to have no picture or sound, the report said. Estimated value of the TV is $1,200. 

While at the scene, officers also arrested Tiffany Renee Hicks, 20, 3450 McIlwain Road, Heath Springs, for disorderly conduct, because she cursed loudly several times in front of officers. 

• A traffic stop for loud music led to multiple drug and gun charges for a Lancaster man March 19. Officers pulled over Derrick Antonio McIlwain, 25, 340 Robinson Road, for a loud radio at 12:13 p.m. and asked him for his license, which he didn’t have, according to an incident report. He then provided a name which officers could not find in their database, the report said. When officers told him he was being detained, he gave them his real name, the report said. 

They discovered McIlwain’s license was suspended and officers immediately arrested him for driving under suspension, fourth offense, and giving false information to police.

As officers searched his car, they found a .380-caliber pistol, a pill bottle filled with two plastic bags containing 17.6 grams of crack cocaine and a bag filled with several plastic bags containing marijuana, the report said. McIlwain was charged with trafficking crack cocaine, possession with intent to distribute marijuana, possession of a pistol by a convicted felon, possession of a pistol with an obliterated serial number and loud noise. 

• Kimberly Denise Cannon, 32, 650 Monticello Road, Lancaster, was arrested March 19 for simple possession of marijuana, possession of a schedule III controlled substance, seat belt violation and failure to provide proof of registration. 

According to Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office        reports:

• Roland Scott Thomas, 45, 4965 Green St., Heath Springs, was charged March 18 with simple possession of marijuana and driving under suspension, first offense. 

• Otis Ealy, 46, 1725 Old Lynwood Drive, Lancaster, was charged March 18 with simple possession of marijuana. 

• A Lancaster woman reported damage to her home March 19. The Old Pardue Road resident told deputies her garage door, car window, burglar alarm keypad and chest freezer had been damaged. Estimated damage is $1,400. 

• Several items were reported stolen from a rental home March 19. A Fairmeadow Drive resident said a previous tenant had stolen items from her rental home at 1329 Bailey Road, including a Dish Network receiver, a gold class ring, two diamond wedding rings and four other rings. Estimated value of the items is $2,600. She also said the man charged $400 worth of pay-per-view movies with the receiver. 

• A truck caught on fire March 20. The McDonald Green Volunteer Fire Department responded to a truck fire along Lynwood Drive and put the fire out, a report said. The owner told deputies his 1994 Chevrolet truck began backfiring and when he pulled over, the engine compartment was on fire. Damage is estimated at $1,000. 

• An Indian Land woman reported credit card fraud March 25. The woman told deputies she and two other people ate at Carolina Bistro, 9787 Charlotte Highway, Indian Land, on Feb. 17 and all three used their credit cards. The woman said she recently received a notice from her bank about a suspicious transaction that took place March 10 in Montebello, Calif., for $329.24. She said the same thing happened to the two other people she was with at the restaurant. She said that was the only time all three were in the same place and used their credit cards, the report said. 

• Deputies responded to a report of stolen lights from two high schools March 25. An electrician told deputies someone stole two LED emergency lights from bathrooms under construction at Andrew Jackson and Indian Land high schools’ softball fields, a report said. The cases appear to be related because a special tool is required to remove the lights, the report said. Estimated value of the lights is $1,140.

• Deputies found drugs while walking near a Kershaw apartment complex March 26. The deputies were leaving Foxwood Apartments, along Kershaw Country Club Road, when they found a small bag of marijuana lying on the pavement, an incident report said. There were no suspects nearby.

• A Lancaster woman was arrested and her boyfriend ticketed during a March 26 traffic stop. Paula Marie Martin, 25, 1129 Duckwood Road, was arrested for driving under suspension, second offense, and for improper vehicle license, while her boyfriend, Roger Dale Gibson Jr., was issued a ticket for simple possession of marijuana and allowed to leave the scene. 

u Joey Wayne Barrett, 24, 5946 Mount Pisgah Road, Jefferson, was charged with simple possession of marijuana during a traffic stop March 26. 


 If you know anything about any of these incidents, please call the Lancaster Police Department at (803) 283-1171 or (803) 283-3313, or the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office at (803) 283-4136.