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  • Friday, October 25, 2013

First the machine, then a thief

A guest at the Economy Inn on Holiday Drive in Summerville, reported money and prescription medications were stolen from her room Oct. 14, while the vending machines were stealing her money.

The victim told police she was trying to get a snack from the vending machine when it “stole” her dollar. She went to the front desk and got her dollar back but then the drink machine stole it. While she was on her way back to her room she told Summerville Police she observed a black male about 5-feet-7-inches and 160 pounds exiting her room with her laptop. She told police she screamed and ran after the suspect in the direction of the Holiday Inn. She told police the suspect walked back in her room and returned the laptop. It is unclear when the suspect did that.

The victim said $820, and bottles of Adderol, Klonopin and Trazodone were stolen.

Police viewed surveillance video and saw the victim walking around between her room and the vending machines as well as peeking around a corner in the direction of her room. They did not observe anyone entering her room.

Nothing sacred

Summerville High School SRO discovered that even a police cruiser wasn’t off limits when it comes to “hit and run” property damage.

The officer noted in the incident report that he always parks his car on the grass in the teacher’s parking lot, out of the way of traffic. However on Oct. 10, he discovered an estimated $300 in damage to the driver’s side back wheel fender and quarter panel. The damage appeared to be from a large tire rubbing alongside the vehicle.

Video footage is being obtained.

Drivers being watched…

A man reported to Summerville Police that on Oct. 1, a white male with gray hair in a silver Ford Escape had followed him around Summerville. So he stopped and approached the vehicle and asked if there was a problem and the subject told him “he needed to watch his driving.” The man reported that it appeared the subject also took a photo of him and his car before driving off.

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