Crime Beat

  • Thursday, April 4, 2013

Party in a purse
A deputy spotted a suspicious vehicle parked in the roadway with its lights off shortly after 1 a.m. on March 22. The Ford Crown Victoria was occupied by someone in the driver’s seat as it sat in a dimly lit area at Pryor and Campbell Thicket roads near Ridgeville. The vehicle then drove in reverse and at a high rate of speed. The officer lost sight of the vehicle for a short time. The vehicle was then found backed into a fence as the suspect apparently fled to an unknown location. The officer searched the vehicle and found an open bottle of vodka and a grinder containing about 3 grams of a green leafy material. Both items were found in a purse in the driver’s seat. The deputy contacted the victim at the residence where the fence was backed into and informed the victim of the damage. The victim advised he wishes to press charges. The contraband was confiscated and entered into evidence to be destroyed. Deputies were able to contact the registered owner of the vehicle after 5 a.m. that day and she admitted to being the sole driver, causing the damage to the fence and being in possession of the contraband.
Check fraud
A Ladson man filed a report on a fraudulent check in the amount of $1,600. The victim said he and the suspect had an agreement where the victim paid the subject $600 to purchase and restore a vehicle. The victim was supposed to make a $1,000 profit. The victim said the suspect wrote him the $1,600 check as reimbursement while they were at a credit union on North Main Street in Summerville. The suspect postdated the check and asked the victim to wait more than two weeks to cash it. The victim waited but when he went to deposit the check it was returned for the reason of being unable to locate an account. The victim provided officers with a copy of the false check and paperwork from the bank.

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