Crime Reports

  • Van Wyck man charged with kidnapping and assault

    A Van Wyck man was arrested Oct. 27 after he was accused of knifing a woman in a hotel room and holding her and another man against their will.
    Kennis Crawford, 58, of 1955 Steele Hill Road, is charged with second-degree assault and battery and two counts of kidnapping.
    According to a Lancaster Police Department incident report, at 1:40 a.m. that day, officers responded to a 911 open-line cell-phone call that “pinged” in Room 132 of the Carriage Inn, 1100 N. Main St., but couldn’t get anybody to come to the door.

  • Man reports 1984 theft of motorcycle

    A Fort Mill man reported the theft of his 1960 Harley-Davidson Panhead motorcycle earlier this month – 33 years after it was stolen from a home in Indian Land.
    According to the Lancaster County Sheriff’s office incident report, 59-year-old Gerald Byers told deputies Sept. 12 that the classic black and silver motorcycle had been stolen from a home on Six Mile Creek Road in January 1984.

  • Sheriff seeks suspect in IL wire theft

    by Mark Manicone/reporter

    Five spools of electrical wire were stolen from the RedStone construction site in Indian Land, and the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in identifying a videotaped suspect.

    Video surveillance showed a man inside the RedStone 14 cineplex building at 9650 Charlotte Highway between 11:13 p.m. and 11:32 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 3. He appears to be white, between 6 foot 1 inch and 6 foot 3 inches tall, and weighs 185 to 195 pounds, according to the sheriff’s office.

  • IL teacher’s aide charged in theft from 2nd employer

    A teacher’s aide at Indian Land Elementary School was charged Monday, Sept. 18,  with stealing about $8,500 from her second job at a cupcake shop in Fort Mill.
    Melanie Marie Kikta, 35, of Indian Land, was placed on paid administrative leave by the Lancaster County School District after district officials learned about the case over the weekend, said Bryan Vaughn, district safety director.

  • Bobcat and trailer stolen from Carter Quality Plumbing

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the theft of a trailer and excavator from Carter Quality Plumbing, 1408 Rock Hill Highway (S.C. 5) on Aug. 11.  
    Video surveillance footage shows what appears to be a silver four-door Ram pickup drive to the rear of the property just after 7:30 p.m.
    An unidentified male got out of the truck, hooked a trailer with a Bobcat excavator on it to the truck, and drove off the property with the Bobcat and the trailer.  

  • $12,000 missing from IL home

    Keeping a huge stockpile of cash around the house cost one Panhandle man $12,000, according to an Aug. 24 sheriff’s office report.
    The incident report said a 71-year-old Millstone Creek resident called 911 about an hour after receiving notice of his burglar alarm going off at home. The man said the only thing missing was $12,000 in cash he kept in a small wooden box in his desk drawer.
    The reporting deputy noted $20 and $100 bills stacked neatly on the man’s desk, totaling $760, which the man said was left in the box.

  • Crime Watch 8-16-17

    From Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office reports:
    ◆ Eight teens were cited for possession of beer or wine at the Bailes Ridge Nature Trail in Indian Land on Aug. 4. About 11 other subjects were also present, but not cited. Sheriff’s deputies responded to the scene about 9:45 p.m. after a complaint about “whooping and hollering” in the woods, according to a police report.
    One deputy approached a running vehicle in the parking lot, while the other went into the woods to make contact with other subjects.

  • Thwarted shoplifter tries Plan B at Lowe’s

    Sometimes when the first plan doesn’t work, it pays to improvise.
    Two women walked into the Lowes home improvement store at U.S. 521 and S.C. 160 about noon July 22 and made their way to the lawn tool section, where one of them picked out a backpack blower priced at  $259, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report.
    The women then went to the garden-section exit, where one of them tried to leave with the blower, but was stopped by a cashier and told to go back inside the store to check out.

  • Crime Watch 8-9-17

    From Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office reports:
    ◆ A Concord, N.H., woman was arrested for public disorderly conduct June 28 after a deputy found her in the Red Ventures parking garage without any pants on.
    The incident report said the deputy responded to the location shortly before 1 p.m., where he found a security guard detaining 28-year-old Kaela Robitaille, whom employees had seen extremely intoxicated in the parking garage.

  • Sheriff's office seeks info on suspects

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office received reports of a number of vehicle break-ins in the areas off Regency Park and Harrisburg roads over the July 15-16 weekend.
    There were at least two suspects and the possible suspect’s vehicle is a tan-colored Lincoln.
    The sheriff’s office is seeking the public’s help identifying the suspects in the accompanying photos.