Crime beat

  • Thursday, March 21, 2013

Armed robbery…
Officers responded to a call at the Kangaroo Station on Boonehill Road in reference to an armed robbery in progress. When they arrived on the scene, they found the door to the store open and an alarm going off. The officer sent in a K-9 to clear the store. They also spoke to the clerk, who said he was standing by the coffee pots when he heard the door to the store open and saw a subject come in carrying a long gun. The clerk said the subject hit him in the ribs with the gun and told him to lock the doors, which he did. The clerk said he heard a second subject come in, and when he heard both of them move toward the rear of the store, he unlocked the doors and ran.
Officers reviewed surveillance footage that showed the incident. They also were able to locate the two subjects while running a canine track. One of them had a pair of headphones stolen from the store; the other had $77 in his pocket from the register.
Both were arrested and transported to the Dorchester County Detention Center.
Odd letter…
A Summerville man reported that he received a voluntary child support/contributions letter from the S.C. Department of Health and Human Services. The letter contained statements from his bank account and the man said he filled in information requested n the letter without reading it.
The man said he is not missing any money from his account but he does wonder why he received it, since he has no children and is unsure why he would need to fill out child support paperwork.
He said he received similar paperwork several years ago and believes that either DHHS is sending him information meant for someone else with the same name or someone is attempting to steal his identity.
Not mine…
Officers on patrol on the Summerville Gardens Apartments property came across an unoccupied Cadillac parked directly in front of the back door of an apartment. Upon further observation, the officers noted that someone had tampered with the license plate by attempting to draw a number on it with a marker; someone had also attempted to cover the VIN on the dashboard with a piece of paper.
They called in the plate number and found it was stolen out of Orangeburg County. They called a tow company, who accessed the vehicle and they were able to read the VIN; this also came back reported stolen from a Hoover Dealership by the Moncks Corner Police Department. 
While officers were fingerprinting the Cadillac, a man pulled up in a Honda Accord and got out as if to go inside the apartment. Officers asked him if he had seen anyone driving the Cadillac. Seeing that they were lifting fingerprints, the man told officers he had seen the Cadillac earlier parked in front of his car. He said the car was open and the engine was running, so he moved it to a nearby parking space so he could get out.
The officer asked the man if he had touched the gas tank lid; he said that was open, too, and he thoughtfully shut it. The officer also noted that their were some music CDs in the car and asked if the man had possibly touched those. The man replied that he found several CDs nearby when he found the car running with the doors open and the gas tank lid open, and took the liberty of retrieving them and putting them in the Cadillac as well.
Officers ran a criminal check on the man and discovered that he is on federal probation for an unknown type of drug charge; he has also been arrested by the Orangeburg County sheriff’s Office for possession of a stolen motor vehicle.
Nonetheless, the man maintained he had nothing to do with the vehicle other than just moving it after finding it with the doors open, gas tank lid open, engine running, and CDs in the grass, blocking his car.

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