Crime Reports

  • 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.

  • 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.