Crime Beat

  • Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Can’t touch this

On April 22 Summerville Police Department was dispatched for indecent exposure.

According to the victim, a 10-year-old girl, and a witness, an 8-year-old boy, the two were playing outside in Corey Woods when a male suspect exposed himself to the victim. According to both children’s separate statements, the suspect asked the victim to come touch him and in exchange he would pay her.

The victim and witness both ran to their homes and informed their parents, who called SPD. Both children described the suspect as a black male aged 16 to 20 years old. While still on scene, one of the parents informed the officer an acquaintance knew the suspect from the children’s description.

The officer looked up the juvenile and learned he was recently arrested for indecent exposure at Summerville High School.

The suspect’s information was entered into the police report, but officers informed the parents because of lack of evidence there was no way to prove the suspect was involved.

Squeaky clean suspect

Dorchester County Sheriff’s Department reported to the Family Dollar on Boone Hill Road on April 29 for shoplifting.

A store employee called DCSO after witnessing the suspect trying to leave the store without paying for several cleaning products including Febreez and Dawn Ultra soap. The total value of the items was $15.35.

The employee said the inventory protection alarm activated when the suspect tried to leave the store, at which time the employee was alerted to the theft.

She discovered the stolen items in the suspect’s backpack. The suspect told the officer she had previously purchased the items, but the items triggered the alarm a second time with the officer as witness.

Family Dollar did not press charges against the suspect but did place her on trespass notice.

Keyless entry

A Quail Arbor vehicle was almost stolen on April 30. Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office responded.

According to the victim someone had attempted to steal his car during the previous night.

The car was unlocked.

The victim and officer observed evidence of the attempted theft in the ignition, which had been “busted” as if someone was attempting to start the vehicle without a key. Damage to the vehicle was estimated at $500.

Blood on the street

Dorchester County Sheiff’s Office discovered a simple assault victim on the side of the road while completing a routine patrol on April 28.

Officers reported the white male victim was discovered laying in the roadway bleeding from the mouth. The victim said he did not know who assaulted him.

He said the suspect was a large black male, who “punched him in the mouth for no reason.” Deputies also spoke to two of the victim’s friends on scene, who said they did not witness the altercation but did hear the victim yelling, which caused them to run to his aid. The victim refused medical attention from EMS.

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