Crime beat

  • Thursday, January 24, 2013

Scam alert
A Summerville man reported that he recently sold his home and was looking for a home to rent. He said he found a residence on Craigslist and contacted the person who posted the advertisement. The subject told the complainant he lived out of town and was looking for someone to rent the house. The subject instructed the complainant to submit an application fee of $1,000. The subject also told the complainant he could look at the house but not go inside because the subject was out of state.
The complainant said he sent two wire transfers to the subject for a total of $1,000. He said he got suspicious, however, when he had another conversation with the subject and the subject did not ask him for any other information or photo identification.
The complainant called a realtor’s number listed on a sign in front of the house; the realtor informed him the subject was in no way associated with the company or the house.
Copper theft
A Summerville woman reported that someone forced entry to a home from which she is in the process of moving and stole a number of items, including the copper coil to the air conditioning unit, a gas grill, a stainless steel outdoor sink, a 16 foot aluminum boat trailer, five aluminum patio chairs, and the metal frame to a ping pong table.
A witness reported seeing two white males in a white or silver Chevrolet pick up truck removing items from the property. Officers were able to lift latent fingerprints from the scene.
The complainant said her son recently moved in with a man who has a truck matching the description given by the witness. The officer went to speak to the son and saw a boat trailer in the son’s yard that matched the description of the stolen boat trailer, but the son was able to provide proof of ownership for it.
Double whammy
An officer responded to a residence on Brailsford Boulevard in Summerville in reference to an accidental shooting of a juvenile. When he arrived, he spoke to several witnesses, who said the subject, a 22 year old black male, came into the family room while they were playing video games, put his hand in his pocket to retrieve something and pulled out a .22 caliber pistol. The gun went off, shooting the victim in the right shoulder.
While the officer was there, the subject, who was not initially present when the officer arrived, returned. He told the officer he had thrown the gun in a bush outside the residence.
The officer got the gun from the bush and ran the serial number through dispatch. It came back stolen, and soon the subject was on his way to jail, charged with possession of a stolen gun.

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