Sheriff’s office steps up patrols during holiday season
KERSHAW COUNTY, SC (WIS) - A Kershaw County man learned the hard way about the sheriff's plan to put undercover agents out to watch county businesses Sunday night.
An undercover deputy says he watched a man steal bags of charcoal and then made a federal case out of it.
Kershaw County Sheriff's Captain Chris Phillips says he found a sawed off .410 shotgun in a car at the Lugoff Dollar General Sunday night.
Deputies say the car belonged to Adam Hornsby, who Phillips says he watched steal two bags of charcoal from a stand outside the store. According to Phillips, he was ducked down in an undercover car watching the crime.
Deputies think Hornsby had the gun for a prop, to scare people during an armed robbery because it wouldn't even fire a shell.
"A lot of people are strapped for cash and a lot of people just have a tendency to do things this time of the year that they normally wouldn't do because of the simple fact of having no money," said Sgt. Dexter Handy.
The sheriff's office has stepped up patrols during the holiday season, using undercover agents to put businesses under surveillance.
Handy is working the undercover shifts and says that the department has more than a dozen undercover cars, ready to roll and catch thieves looking for innocent targets.
"They're just not really paying attention to their surroundings, a lot of times," said Handy. "They have their hands occupied with shopping items."
"Try to get in at an angle that you can watch people if somebody was to ever approach your vehicle," said Handy.
"We don't want innocent people walking in on a robbery, nor do we want the hard working people at these stores to be robbed, as well," said Phillips.