Crime Reports

  • 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.

  • Sheriff: Beware of jury-duty scam

    Scammers are using jury duty as a ploy to get Lancaster County victims to send them money, the sheriff’s office warned the public Jan. 7.
    According to a press release from the sheriff’s office, callers are posing as officers, telling victims a warrant has been issued for their arrest because they have failed to show up for jury duty. In order to avoid arrest, the release said, the caller tells the victim to send money in the form of a GreenDot card or some other type of payment to a specific address, sometimes even the Lancaster County Courthouse.

  • 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.