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According to Lancaster Police Department reports:
• A man led officers on a chase April 30. Officers were speaking with a man at a public safety check at the intersection of Gillsbrook Road and Woodland Drive shortly before midnight, but as they tried to find out his name, he sped away, an incident report said. One officer reported having to quickly move away to avoid being hit, the report said. Officers chased after him with their blue lights and sirens on, as the man drove through stop signs and several parking lots along U.S. 521. The officers were not able to pull him over, but did issue warrants for his arrest on the charges of failure to stop for blue lights and siren, second offense, and driving under suspension, third offense or greater, said Lancaster Police Cpt. Paul Smith.
• Officers are investigating who sent a fraudulent money order to a Lancaster woman. Employees with Woodforest Bank, located inside of Walmart at 805 S.C. 9 Bypass, called police after a 41-year-old woman tried to cash a fake money order for $930, a report said. The woman told officers she answered a mystery shoppers website and received the check along with instructions for cashing it. According to the instructions, the woman was supposed to keep $100 and send the rest to an address in Hong Kong, the report said.
• Police searched for a stolen car May 2. An Emma Circle resident told officers someone stole his gold Chrysler 300M sometime between May 1 and 2. Estimated value of the car is $9,000.
• An insurance appraiser reported his car was hit sometime between May 1 and 2. The man told officers someone hit his 2004 Mercury Sable and damaged the rear passenger side door. Estimated damage is $1,200.
• Several rolls of copper wire were stolen from a Comporium parking lot sometime between May 2 and 3. A Comporium employee told officers someone jumped a fence on the Miller Street side of the parking lot and stole four rolls of wire from parked work trucks. Estimated value of the rolls is $1,190.
• A large number of DVDs were reported missing from a video store May 5. An employee with Blockbuster Video, located at 1091 S.C. 9 Bypass, told officers she noticed 50 blue-ray DVDs were missing as she conducted inventory. Estimated value of the movies is $1,198.07.
• A Lancaster man was arrested May 4 only minutes after a business was broken into. Officers responded to a burglary at the Party Shop, located at 206 North Market St., and noticed someone had thrown a piece of concrete through the store's window. The officers soon found a man nearby, later identified as Marcus Antwan Curry, 24, 706 Cunningham St., and after noticing his bulging pockets and lottery tickets sticking out of his pockets, they conducted a pat-down, a report said. Officers found several items in his pockets, including 15 packs of cigarettes, several lighters and matches, rolls of nickels and several lottery tickets, the report said. Curry was then arrested for burglary, the report said.
• A team of shoplifters stole several computers from a Lancaster business May 4. An employee with Aaron's Sales and Lease, located at 905 S.C. 9 Bypass, told officers three people came into the store and stole three laptops. Estimated value of the laptops is $2,400.
• A Lancaster woman reported her dog was killed by two pit bulls May 7. The New Miller Street resident told officers her neighbor's dogs got loose and killed her black poodle. Officers called animal control officers to the house, a report said.
• Mack Deandre Crawford, 22, 1719 Havenwood Drive, was arrested May 8 and charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana, driving under suspension and possession of drug paraphernalia, a report said.
• Damage to a car was reported by a Lancaster resident May 8. The Chesterfield Avenue resident told officers someone had loosened the lug nuts on his car on April 13, causing one of the tires to fly off the car while his daughter was driving it. The man said the front fender was damaged after the tire fell off. Estimated damage to the car is $1,000.
• Officers searched for who broke into a Pardue Street apartment May 8. The tenant of the apartment told officers she came home, noticed her back door kicked in and saw four men inside the apartment. The officers noticed the door frame was broken, but did not find the men, a report said. The tenant said nothing was missing from the apartment.
• A Lancaster woman was arrested for assault and battery on a fast-food employee May 10. A McDonald's employee told officers she handed a customer her food at the drive-through window, at the S.C. 9 Bypass location, and then noticed the customer was yelling at her. She said the woman was irate, using foul language and cursing at the employee. As the employee turned to get her manager, the customer threw french fries at her, striking her in the back, according to an incident report. The manager then tried to speak with the woman, but was almost hit when the customer tried to throw her iced tea, the report said. The customer, later identified as Cassie W. Mathews, 43, 2080 Hilton Way Road, was then arrested after police spoke with her, the report said.
If you know anything about any of these incidents, please call the Lancaster Police Department at (803) 283-1171
or (803) 283-3313.
-Compiled by Chris Sardelli.