Crime beat

  • Monday, January 14, 2013

Wrong turnÖ
An officer on patrol spotted a green Acura sedan attempting to make an improper turn while turning onto South Cedar Street in Summerville. He stopped the vehicle and spoke to the driver, a 38-year-old Cross Woman, who said she was looking for an address off Central Avenue and was lost. The officer noted a strong odor of perfume coming from the vehicle and asked her for her license, registration and insurance information. She handed the officer her driverís license but nothing else and kept looking straight ahead with a blank stare.?The officer asked her again for the information and she replied that she had just bought the car from her sister and didnít have the registration with her. After further questioning, she admitted that the vehicle was not insured.
The officer then ran her information through dispatch and soon discovered she had active warrants against her from Orangeburg and Berkeley counties. Dispatch also informed the officer that the womanís license was suspended and she is known for violent tendencies.
The officer then placed her in handcuffs and put her in his patrol car, then searched the vehicle, where he soon found her purse, which contained among other things, several pills she admitted were Lortab, for which she did not have a prescription. The officer also smelled burnt marijuana in the car and soon found a pipe with residue.
The officer spoke with the womanís passenger, still sitting in the vehicle, who told the officer he was the subjectís boyfriend, they had been dating four days, and he knew nothing about anything illegal.
The officer removed the subject from the patrol car and searched the back seat where he found a straw with white powder residue on it. The subject then admitted that she also had methamphetamine and marijuana concealed in her bra.
The officer arrested the subject on a number of charges, including possession of methamphetamine, possession of schedule II narcotics, simple possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving under suspension, and operating an uninsured motor vehicle and transported her to the Dorchester County Detention Center.

Creep alertÖ
A Ladson woman reported that a friend of hers called her to tell her an unknown female subject was following her around all day. The friend told the complainant that the unknown subject had called the friendís husband trying to elicit personal details about the complainant and her children.
The complainant said she could not identify the unknown subject because she never knew she was being followed.

A Dorchester County officer responding to a call about someone breaking into a church in Ridgeville came to the scene and made contact with a subject matching the description given by dispatch. The officer also noticed a box of items near the road and an open door to the church building.
The officer detained the subject, who said his wife had kicked him out of the house and he had entered the church looking for something to eat. The officer asked him about the box of miscellaneous items and the subject said he had taken those intending to sell them to make some money. The officer then noticed a hatchet near another door, which was damaged but still secured, and asked about that. The subject said he had intended to break in but decided to see if any other doors were open first.
Finally, the officer noticed the copper wiring on two of the church air conditioning units were damaged. The subject said he had not done that nor did he intend to take any copper wire.
The officer then called the pastor of the church, who said the subject did not have permission to be there or to take any items from the church and that he would press charges.
The subject was then arrested and transported to the Dorchester County Detention Center.

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