Crime Beat

  • Thursday, August 8, 2013

Be aware, smell the air
Dorchester County Sheriff’s deputies were called to an address on Almers Lane in Summerville via an anonymous tip for a reported meth lab burn and stolen vehicle. On arrival, deputies smelled a chemical smell from the black smoke of burning debris behind a residence. During the investigation, it was discovered that a power meter box was rigged. The electric company responded and discovered that the power box had, in fact, been rigged to supply illegal power to the residence. The company noted the last time the power had been billed to the residence legally was a year ago.
Check before they leave!
Summerville Police responded to the Piggly Wiggly on Contral Avenue for a report of a counterfeit $50 bill. The person receiving the bill told police he could tell because the bill felt “rough.” The cashier described a white male approximately 5-feet, 7-inches weighing 230 pounds and a darker complexion female who was 5-feet, 9-inches weighing about 140 pounds had paid their bill of $160 with a $100 bill, a $50 bill and a $20 bill. Only the $50 bill reacted to the counterfeit pen that the cashier didn’t use until the couple had left the store.
‘Laundering’ money
Dollar General on Bacon’s Bridge Road has repeatedly been the ‘depository’ of counterfeit money, according to a Summerville police report. Wells Fargo Bank has notified them that deposits throughout July contained counterfeit money in the amounts of $220, $445, $595, $20. Police were advised the business had invested in counterfeit detection pens but they had disappeared within days of purchase. The manager told police she believes an employee may be involved.

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