Crime Reports

  • 3 in IL arrested on drug charges

    A routine traffic stop by Lancaster County sheriff’s deputies snowballed into the arrests of three Indian Land residents on drug charges July 8.
    Bryan Watters, 48, was pulled over by deputies after he was spotted on Possum Hollow Road in Indian Land. The deputies knew Watters and suspected he was driving without a license.
    Watters was arrested for driving under suspension and also charged with possession of stolen property after the trailer be-hind his vehicle was found to have been stolen from Pineville, according to a sheriff’s office release.

  • 2 charged in 10 Walnut Creek car break-ins

    A Lancaster man and a teenager have been arrested in a slew of car break-ins throughout the Walnut Creek subdivision in Indian Land on June 10.
    Justin Errol Medina, 18, was arrested at a home on Deer Forest Drive on June 29 and charged with 10 counts of breaking into a motor vehicle. An unnamed juvenile was also charged in the incidents.
    According to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office release, the duo was caught on home-security cameras in the subdivision after 10 vehicles were reportedly broken into.

  • Crime Watch 6-26-19

    From Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office reports:
    ◆ An Indian Land woman reported a stolen 2008 Toyota RAV4 with damage to its rear bumper. The victim estimated the vehicle’s value at $4,500 and reported that the vehicle was stolen May 20 from her home on Sherrill Lane.
    ◆ An Indian Land man reported that two men stole his backpack containing clothes, a Bluetooth speaker, cologne and sunglasses at gunpoint May 29 at a business on Fort Mill Highway in Indian Land. The victim said the stolen items were valued at $265.

  • IL man charged in child-porn case

    An Indian Land man has been arrested on child-pornography charges involving kids as young as 8.
    Travis Kenton John, 40, is charged with one count of second-degree exploitation of a minor and eight counts of third-degree exploitation of a minor. He faces up to 10 years on each count if convicted.
    He was arrested following an investigation by the S.C. attorney general’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.

  • IL man charged in Concord Mills shooting

    An Indian Land man was arrested March 25, accused of shooting a patron at the Concord Mills movie theater after a mix-up over reserved seating.
    Bryant Gregory Eaves Jr., 18, is charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury with intent to kill.
    According to Maj. Robert Ledwell with the Concord (N.C.) Police Department, the victim, William Weldon, was shot in the leg the evening of March 24 at the massive mall northeast of Charlotte.

  • Crime Watch 3-6-19

    From Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office reports:
    ◆ A Fort Mill woman was injured Feb. 19, when a car ran off Charlotte Highway and struck her near Sun City Carolina Lakes.
    The 71-year-old woman was walking on private property when Benjamin Adam Sinderbrand, 30, of Fort Mill ran his 2016 Kia into her, according to S.C. Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Gary Miller.
    The woman was transported to a nearby medical facility by EMS.

  • Men charged in summer robberies

    Two Charlotte men have been charged in three Lancaster County armed robberies that happened last summer.
    Jonathan Dujan Gardin, 24, is charged with armed robbery and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime in all three cases. Sergio Jermaine Patterson, 33, is charged with armed robbery in two of the incidents.
    The robberies occurred on June 5 at the Market Express Exxon on Charlotte Highway in Indian Land, June 20 at Family Dollar on Kershaw Camden Highway in Elgin and July 22 at the Quick Trip on Charlotte Highway in Indian Land.

  • Embezzlement charge against ex-ILVFD chief

    Former Indian Land Fire Chief Thomas Wayne Pickard has been charged with embezzlement of public funds, just two months after his arrest on prostitution charges.
    Pickard, 52, turned himself in Feb. 13 at the Lancaster County Detention Center. He is charged with embezzling $1,680 from the Indian Land Volunteer Fire Department last year while acting as chief, an arrest warrant said.

  • Aldi burglary suspect goes for crackers and spaghetti

    Deputies arriving at the Aldi store in Indian Land after a break-in found a man inside munching on dry spaghetti noodles and graham crackers.
    William Matthew Stevenson, 9380 Charlotte Highway, was charged with second-degree burglary Jan. 14 after sheriff’s deputies discovered him in the lobby of the locked Aldi store on U.S. 521.

  • Two men arrested in IL car break-ins

    After a harrowing Indian Land footchase and a fruitless early morning manhunt, two North Carolina men were arrested Sunday, Jan. 20, at the Taco Bell on U.S. 521 and charged in a string of vehicle break-ins.
    Winston-Salem residents Tiyon Jamar Lucas, 20, and Malek Ja’Quay Lyons-Roberts, 18, were both charged with five counts of autobreaking. Lucas was also charged with possession of a stolen pistol, driving without a license and leaving the scene of an accident involving property damage.