Crime beat

  • Thursday, March 14, 2013

Burglary in progress
Officers responded to a call about a burglary in progress at a car wash on Ladson Road. When they arrived, they found a subject tampering with a safe for the car wash machines. They detained the subject and examined the safe; it showed signs of severe damage. In addition, officers found a bank deposit bag that contained money from the safe in the subject’s car; there were also several tools in the car.
A witness reported seeing the subject tampering with the car wash machines and called law enforcement. The owner of the car wash arrived on the scene and recognized the subject as having been charged with breaking into the car wash machines in the past.
Officers transported the subject to the detention center; however, he expressed that he was feeling suicidal so they transported him for a medical evaluation before housing him in the detention center.
The subject did some $5,000 in damage to the machines to score nearly $50 in cash and coins.

Scam alert
A Summerville woman reported that she was selling a piece of furniture on Craigslist and had been communicating back and forth with a potential buyer via text message. She said he agreed to pay her $50 over her asking price of $750 if she would take the item off the list for him. She said she subsequently received a check in the amount of $1,952.32 written on a check issued by Omega Protein Corporation out of Houston, Texas. She said she took the check to her bank; the next day she was informed that the check was fraudulent. She said no money changed hands but wants the case investigated by “someone higher up.”
She told the officer she reported this incident to that she believes the FBI possibly needs to get involved and that this could be a valuable link in the evidence chain.
Bad night
A Moncks Corner man reported that while he was driving on Ladson Road to meet some friends, he got hungry and decided to stop at a fast food restaurant. However, the drive through line was too long so he left and cruised by the empty former bowling alley instead.
He said at some point, an unknown black male subject flagged him down and asked him for a jump-start. The complainant said he agreed to help the subject but then the subject suddenly pulled a handgun and demanded everything the complainant had.
The complainant further stated that several subject got into his car and forced him into the back seat and made him keep his head down. Eventually they let him go in a wooded area and he walked back toward town until he was at the Berlin G. Myers Parkway, where he was able to find a business and borrow a phone to call his brother.
He said he didn’t know the subjects but that they stole his cell phone and twelve dollars.
Officers contacted other police agencies and found that the complainant’s car had been involved in an incident in Hanahan. According to HPD, the vehicle was speeding and did not stop for a blue light. The driver, an unknown black male subject, eventually ejected from the vehicle and escaped the area on foot.

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