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An Autumn Street woman visited ODPS headquarters on Thursday at 10:45 a.m. to report that someone cleaned out her cash savings that she kept in a shoebox under her bed and a nightstand.

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The previous day around 3:40 p.m., she discovered the theft when she went to make another deposit.

She said that all that was left of her $4,500 cash savings was around $20 and some change.

She also told officers that no one knew that she’d been keeping cash in those locations.

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The last time she saw the cash there was on Feb. 1 when she put it away in those locations.

According to an incident report, her roommate, mother, her roommate’s mother, her sister and two of her roommate’s friends were the only people who’ve been in the residence since Feb. 1.

Her roommate claimed not to have any knowledge of her cash stash and stated that the two friends didn’t visit unaccompanied, the woman said.

She also stated that the other guests weren’t unaccompanied when they visited the residence either.

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She told investigators that she doesn’t know who would’ve taken her money.

In an unrelated report, a Horger Street woman called deputies to her residence on Thursday at 8:21 a.m. when she realized her 2000 silver Lexus GS400 was missing from her yard.

She told officers that she’d parked the vehicle there about two weeks ago and it was missing when she woke up on Thursday morning.  

She described the vehicle as having a plastic bag covering the driver side window, tinted windows, a broken passenger headlight and low profile tires.

The value of the stolen vehicle is $5,000.

Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office

On Tuesday at 8:51 a.m., a Fayetteville, N.C., man called deputies to 3689 St. Matthews Road where he was a guest at Sleep Inn.

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He reported that when he woke up that morning, he noticed multiple hand and power tools as well as two cable strippers were missing from his work truck.

He last he knew the items were in the bed of the 2019 GMC Sierra around 9 p.m. Monday.

The value of the stolen items is $3,560.

In an unrelated incident, a 27-year-old Neeses man managed to flee on foot from deputies after he crashed his 2004 Honda Odyssey van on Anna Street on Thursday at 1:39 a.m.

A deputy first became suspicious of the van when he saw it parked in the middle of the road on St. Ann Street.

The van then passed by the deputy and the deputy attempted to stop it.

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At the intersection of Coleman Avenue and Johnson Street, the van came to a stop, however, the deputy noticed the driver looking in his sideview mirror and placing his head out of the window to see if the deputy had exited the patrol vehicle.

When the deputy opened the door of the patrol vehicle, the driver sped away, turning left on Alva Street, left on Anna Street before wrecking the van.

The driver fled, but when a deputy conducted an inventory of the van, the deputy found a medicine bottle containing the driver’s personal identification.

The information on the bottle matched the information in the Department of Motor Vehicles database and the deputy positively identified the driver as the 24-year-old Neeses man.

By Thursday afternoon, deputies made contact with the man, who admitted that he fled because he was drunk and doesn’t have a valid driver’s license.

A deputy is presenting the incident to a magistrate judge to consider arrest warrants.  

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Martha Rose Brown covers crime and other topics. The South Carolina native has been a journalist for the past 16 years.

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