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Crime Reports

  • Thieves hit 2 local gun stores

    Weapons were stolen from two different gun stores last week in the northern part of the county, spurring an investigation by the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office, Charlotte police and federal agents.
    An armed robbery occurred around 3:20 p.m. Oct. 16 at Van Wyck Sporting Goods, 5219 Old Hickory Road, Van Wyck.
    Two men came into the store, one of them armed with a handgun, said sheriff’s spokesman Doug Barfield. The store was occupied by one employee, who was not harmed by the suspects.

  • Crime Watch 8-15-18

    From Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office reports:
    ◆ A work truck, trailer and several other landscaping items were reported stolen July 18 from a storage facility on Harrisburg Road in Indian Land.
    The victim said the items were stolen between 6:30 p.m. July 17 and 6 a.m. July 18. The missing items include a white 2006 Ford F250 Supercab pickup truck, a black single-axle trailer, a Husqvarna leaf blower, two chainsaws, a ladder, pitch fork, truck rack and a Bank of America credit card.

  • Crime Watch 7-18-18

    From Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office reports:
    ◆ An Indian Land resident reported June 3 that someone had stolen $2,800 in electronics from his Brookchase Boulevard home. The items were taken from the home June 2 and include a $700 52-inch Samsung LED TV, a $500 Playstation 4 and a $1,600 Dell laptop. A suspect was listed in the report.

  • Sheriff seeks info on robbery suspect

    An armed robber stole money from the Market Express Exxon station in Indian Land late Tuesday, June 5, and the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office is trying to identify a suspect from surveillance video.
    Deputies arrived at the store, at 9540 Charlotte Highway, about a minute after the call was dispatched around 11 p.m.

  • Can you identify burglary suspect?

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office is searching for the person in this surveillance video, who broke into the AT&T store in Indian Land on May 11, leaving with two Apple watches.
    The video shows a man arriving in a car believed to be a Buick Century about 10:42 p.m. The man threw a large rock through a glass window at the front of the store and entered and left through it in less than a minute.

  • Crime Watch: April 18, 2018

    From Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office reports:
    ◆ A 74-year-old Indian Land woman notified deputies about 10 a.m. April 2 after she was bilked out of $8,400 by someone who claimed to work for Microsoft.

  • Suspicious behavior leads to drug charges

    A Charlotte teen was arrested in Indian Land for trafficking cocaine and possession of marijuana with intent to sell after a curious deputy followed a hunch and tailed the teen’s car.
    Justus Blake Mendler, 19, was arrested March 5 in an incident that began shortly before midnight at the Indian Land McDonald’s.
    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report said a deputy was patrolling the restaurant parking lot when he saw Mendler’s Ford Focus pull out and noticed the three passengers in the car watching him as they rode away.

  • Brooks arrested again on meth charge

    James Brooks was arrested for methamphetamine possession Feb. 17 during an Indian Land traffic stop, his second drug arrest in a month and the fourth since the November 2016 charges that cost him his county school board seat.
    According to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report, the arresting deputy said he watched Brooks drive his pickup out of the Food Lion parking lot in Indian Land and cross the centerline on Shelley Mullis Road.

  • ‘If you don’t hire me, I will kill you’

    It’s generally a good idea for job applicants to be on their best behavior when trying to get a new position, but an Indian Land man appeared not to know that, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report.
    The Jan. 30 report said an employee at the Indian Land Chick-fil-A, at 10032 Charlotte Highway, told a deputy who was in the restaurant investigating a crime at a neighboring business that she wanted to report a strange interaction with a job-seeker.

  • IL drug bust nets haul of guns, drugs, money

    A report of shots fired at a Panhandle residence led to three arrests and the seizure of a cache of weapons, drugs and cash, the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office announced Feb. 21.
    Jermarcus Kendarryl Coffey, 28, Toni Leigh Napier, 21, and Charles William Rice IV, 27, were arrested at 6956 Jamestowne Road the morning of Feb. 13. Deputies went to the house to investigate a report of gunfire from the night before, and reported smelling marijuana.
    Sheriff Barry Faile said the call involved gunshots, but no one was injured and no property damage occurred.