• Friday, August 22, 2014



Editor’s note: According to information provided Wednesday by the Summerville Police Department, the following suspects were still at large. All photos were provided by the reporting agency.

Name: Joe Walt Varnes

Age: 33

Description: white male, 230 pounds, 5’10”

Last known address: 5002 Wigmore St.

Wanted for: larceny/grand larceny, more than $2,000 but less than $10,000

Wanted by: Summerville Police Department

Wanted since: Aug. 15

Investigators allege: That Varnes stole a trailer valued at $1,800 and construction tools valued at $1,400 from an apartment complex on Aug. 13. Investigators say the victim alerted apartment management that his trailer was missing, and a worker said he’d seen the trailer being towed away a few hours earlier. With the worker’s description of the truck, police found the trailer being towed on Trolley Road by a truck driven by Varnes, investigators said.

Name: Jermaine Venning

Age: 27

Description: black male, 225 pounds, 5’10”

Last known address: 7550 Hunters Ridge Lane, North Charleston

Wanted for: forgery, less than $10,000

Wanted by: Summerville Police Department

Wanted since: Aug. 12

Investigators allege: That on Aug. 5 Jermaine Venning and a co-defendant cashed a counterfeit check for $927.15 against a construction company’s account without the company’s consent or knowledge. Investigators say the co-defendant made a statement against Venning, and said Venning gave him $100 and kept the remainder of the cash. Investigators say the two attempted to cash another check in Goose Creek the same day, but were arrested by Goose Creek police.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of these suspects may call the Summerville Police Department at (843) 851-4100. Crime tips can also be sent to Crime Stoppers by phone at 554-1111, by text message at CRIMES or 274637 (start the message with “TIPCSL”) or on the web at www.5541111.com.

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