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Pageland police safely stop suspects

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By The Staff

Two recent arrests by Pageland police prevented potential robberies, says Chief Craig Greenlee.
“No one was shot, including the suspects, and there were no robberies. We kept everyone safe,” Greenlee said.
The first incident started when OnStar alerted Pageland police on Sept. 12 that a GMC Yukon vehicle stolen from Marshville, N.C. was in Pageland, near McGregor Street and S.C. 151.
Capt. Dean Short observed the Yukon pulling in and out of convenience store parking lots. He and Sgt. Daniel Ratliff observed the driver wearing sun glasses, a hoodie and gloves. “His face was concealed,” Greenlee said.
Short and Ratliff stopped the car, arresting Christopher L. Beckham, 24, of Lancaster. Greenlee said Beckham had a knife concealed in the waist of his pants. He was charged with possession of a stolen vehicle, carrying a concealed weapon and violation of a learner’s permit.
In the second incident, Sgt. Ratliff and Patrolman Devon Aycock responded to an evening disturbance on North Elm and West Evans streets on Sept. 15
A person was seen walking down the road with a handgun. Greenlee said the man tried to enter passing cars and ran when he saw police.
Wesley D. Moore, 43, of Pageland, was arrested at the intersection of Godfrey and North Elm streets. He was charged with resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, possession of a stolen weapon, and unlawful possession of a weapon as he has a previous felony conviction, Greenlee said.
“He was reaching for the gun in his waist band when police tried to cuff him,” Greenlee said.
The stolen weapon was from an earlier burglary in Pageland. Police are investigating to see if Moore is connected to that robbery.