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Crime Reports

  • Online ‘love’ proves costly

    An Indian Land woman found out the hard way how powerful the prospect of love can be after a sweet-talking stranger she met on a dating website talked her into sending him thousands of dollars, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office report.
    According to the Feb. 18 report, the 53-year-old woman told a deputy she’d met “Makie” on the online dating website Plenty of Fish, who told her he had a friend named “Larry Scott” he thought she’d like.

  • Woman arrested for leaving kids in car

    A North Carolina woman was arrested Feb. 13 for leaving her children, ages 1 and 4, in her minivan while she shopped at the Indian Land Walmart.
    Jessica Leigh Rutkowski, 34, of Pineville faces two counts of unlawful neglect of a child.
    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report said a concerned citizen called deputies about 5:17 p.m. after seeing the children and a small dog alone in the running vehicle.  

  • Crime Watch 2-24-16

    From Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office reports:
    ◆ An Indian Land woman reported Jan. 27 that her 52-year-old sister, who lives in Georgia, threatened her.
    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report said the trouble began when the woman replied to a group email between her sisters, thanking them for sharing and saying she appreciated them.

  • Thieves take barrel full of copper scraps

    A construction manager at Sky Hi Communications in Indian Land said someone broke into the business at 10725 Crystal Lane and stole a barrel full of scrap copper.
    According to the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report, the incident happened some time overnight Jan. 25.
    The man told deputies he arrived at work to find a garage door propped open and its latch pried open.
    The man said he noticed the next day that a 55-gallon drum of No. 6 copper wire weighing nearly 300 pounds was missing.

  • Scammers seek iTunes cards for bail

    Phone scammers posing as cops almost succeeded last month when they targeted an Indian Land woman and demanded an unusual payment method to get her grandson out of jail – iTunes gift cards.
    The 78-year-old Sun City Carolina Lakes resident told the reporting Lancaster County sheriff’s deputy she’d gotten a phone call from a man identifying himself as “Officer Jonathan Griffin” of the Monroe, N.C., Police Department saying her grandson had been arrested.

  • Tracking system finds stolen Bobcat at IL home site

    A vehicle tracking system led to the Jan. 14 discovery of a piece of stolen construction equipment at a new home site in Indian Land.
    According to the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report, an employee for LoJack Corp. called a deputy to Belt Lane off Shelley Mullis Road because his location system was pinging on a piece of stolen equipment nearby.
    The deputy reported that he and the man from LoJack followed the signal down Belt Lane, where they found the signal source, a Bobcat mini-excavator stolen from a job site in Huntersville, N.C.

  • Shoplifters stock up on Red Bull, smoking cessation aids

    Shoplifters at Walmart in Indian Land are far from unusual, though sometimes what they steal can be, according to recent Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident reports.
    One such case occurred Jan. 10 when two men who may have been trying to cash in on a New Year’s resolution black market walked into the store and stole more than four dozen boxes of smoking cessation aids.

  • Thieves hit Indian Land home construction sites

    Thieves have targeted at least six Indian Land construction projects since late November, an ongoing issue that makes up a sizable portion of the Panhandle’s property crimes.
    The first crime, reported Dec.1, happened at 7665 River Road.
    According to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report, thieves broke into two construction trailers on a Pulte job site between 7 p.m. Nov. 7 and 6:40 a.m. Dec.1. The thieves stole $4,985 worth of computer equipment and caused $1,000 in damage.