Crime beat

  • Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Check fraud
A Summerville man flagged down an officer on patrol to report check fraud. The man told the officer that a North Charleston woman stole two of his checks from his residence, wrote one for $1,000 and another for $5,000, forged his signature and cashed them both. These incidents occurred in October 2012 and January 2013; he said he noticed the money missing from his account in February.
A Dorchester man reported that he called the Internal Revenue Service to find out whether he owed any money for his taxes. He said he was informed that he owed more than $40,000 in back taxes. The man said someone in Florida is filing tax information under his name and he needs to report it through his local law enforcement agency.
A Summerville woman reported that she was watching television in her home when the cable went out inexplicably. She said the cable company had just installed it and told her it would be several days before they could actually send someone to bury the cable and in the meantime it would have to be left on top of the ground.
She said she went outside to check on the cable and saw her neighbor standing in her yard with a shovel. When she approached him and tried to talk to him, he walked away and went back inside his residence. She said she tried to make contact with him but he would not come to the door but instead would stand at the kitchen window and stare at her.
She said she has lived in her residence for 40 years and is afraid of the neighbor because of strange things he has done in the past, such as staring at her through the fence when she is in her yard.
Creep alert
A parent at a Summerville High School basketball game reported to an officer working the game that a white male wearing a white shirt and a ball cap sitting in the stands behind the cheerleaders was filming the cheerleaders with a video camera he had hidden between the pages of a newspaper and wrapped in a t-shirt.
The officer found the school principal, who identified the man as a substitute teacher at the school. The officer and principal spoke with the subject, asking him to accompany them to the office. They asked the man to give them his camera, which he did. When they asked the subject if he had been filming the cheerleaders inappropriately, he admitted he had; he also further admitted he had filmed cheerleaders and other female students at other basketball games as well.
The subject was placed on trespass notice and advised to not report to any school as a substitute teacher until notified to do so by the District Office.
 The subject was also informed that the camera would be returned after the principal discussed the matter with the District Superintendent. He was then escorted off school grounds.
The video has been reviewed and the district is searching for students who may have been victimized by the subject. District officials reported that the camera contained some disturbing video but it was unclear if any of it would be considered illegal.
The case is under investigation.

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