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Crime reports - Sept. 3, 2013

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Larceny of scrap
Three Pageland residents, two men and a woman were arrested Aug. 26 and charged with larceny of scrap metal. Chesterfield County Deputy Ethan Foard reported he received a call from an informant who said the trio was taking scrap metal from a John Price Road address.
Foard reported he saw the suspect vehicle at a local scrap yard just moments after receiving the call and qustioned and arrested Dion Lee Wright, 22, 197 Honey Suckle Lane, Pageland; Montoria Lee McDaniel, 28, same address and Edwin Lamonte Hancock, 21, 76 Honey Suckle Lane, Pageland.
The report said Wright admitted they had taken a metal barrel from the John Price Road property.

Pointing a gun
A Pageland man was arrested and charged with pointing/presenting a firearm Aug. 21.
Deputy Ethan Foard reported he was dispatched to a Black Creek Church Road address, where a 21-year-old man said he was sitting on his porch when Harold Wayne Sowell Jr., 45, 2497 Black Creek Church Road, rode up on a four-wheeler, sat for about two minutes, then drove off.
The report said Sowell returned shortly on the four-wheeler and pointed a pistol at the victim. Four witnesses confirmed the victim’s story.
The deputy found Sowell at his dwelling a short time later and he admitted to his actions and turned the pistol over to the deputy and was taken into custody.

Stolen check
A Pageland man was arrested on charges of counterfeiting and forgery Aug. 22. Pageland Police Sgt./Det. Randall Mullis said he responded to a call at Country Corner, 1306 S. Van Lingle Mungo Blvd., where an employee said Adrian Conley Blakeney, 38, 516 Sutton St., Pageland, cashed a $50 check at the store, paying them an $8 charge he owed the store for cigarettes and receiving $42.
The report said the check was drawn on the account of a relative of Blakeney’s, who later told Mullis the check had been stolen from his checkbook.
Blakeney later returned to the store and the employee called police, who came and arrested Blakeney, according to the report.

Battery stolen, again
A Pageland woman reported a battery stolen from her lawn mower, and told police it had happened before.
A report by Pfc. Greg Block said he was dispatched to a West Godfrey Street address where a 68-year-old woman said the battery from her John Deere riding mower had been taken several times, but this was the first time she called the police.
Block’s report said he advised the victim to report all incidents so a report coould be filed.

DUI
An Arizona man was arrested and charged with driving under the influence Aug. 23. Pfc. Roger Burris reported he received a “be on the lookout” call from the 911 center about a possible impaired driver.
Burris said he had just cleared another traffic stop when he was flagged down by a witness who said he had seen a dark blue Chevrolet pickup truck on SC 9 with no headlights on and swerving, n.e.arly hitting three other vehicles. The witness told Burris the suspect had pulled into the parking area at Jim’s Variety.
Burris saw the truck unoccupied at Jim’s Variety, so he parked a short distance away and waied for the driver to return to the truck. The officer reported the driver got into the truck and pulled onto SC 9 without headlights, then made an illegal turn onto the SC 151 Bypass southbound. Burris stoppe.d. the truck in front of McDonald’s, with the driver blocking both southbound lanes.
The driver, Henderson Robinson, 85, 20149 E. Avenida Del Valle, Queen Creek, Ariz., smelled of alcohol, was incoherent and could not produce a drivers license for several minutes the report said. He reportedly refused to take a breath test at the police station.

Funny money
A Pageland businessman was surprised to learn a customer had passed him a counterfeit $20 bill Aug. 27. A report by Pfc. James Whitaker said a man went to Food Lion and attempted to make a purchase with the fake bill.
The man said he got the money from the owner of a nearby business, who sent him to Food Lion to purchase some items for his business. The customer left the store and returned with real money to complete the purchase.
The business owner told police he had received the bill earlier in the day but did not take close look at it. He said a customer bought two soft drinks and paid with quarters, then asked if the store owner could make change for the $20 bill. The bill was accepted and four $5 bills were given in exchange, the report said.
Police kept the $20 bill as evidence and the store owner vowed to check the money he takes in from now on.