Crime Beat

  • Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Lawn equipment robbed

Summerville Police Department was called once again to a school for a report of burglarized storage sheds.

All of the sheds on the Flowertown Elementary School property were broken into and a power washer and a 2 Cycle Mantis Tiller were stolen. Five locks were damaged. The officer also observed the chain link security fence had been cut and equipment from the burglary, such as a pair of bolt cutters and limb cutters, were found outside along the school cafeteria.

Police also reported four sheds at Newington Elementary School were burglarized during the same time frame. The total value of the stolen items was approximately $1,000, with $50 worth of damage.

Take the money and run

Sibling rivalry turned violent March 17 when a Summerville teen was arrested for physically assaulting his sister.

According to the 21-year-old victim, she had just received her income tax refund when her brother asked for her money.

She said he verbally threatened her and later choked her and sat on her until she couldn’t breathe.

Officers observed defensive wounds on the victim.

After officers chased the brother through the neighborhood he was arrested for assault and battery in the second degree.

Children tell all

A Cane Bay Middle School student was allegedly beaten by his father, the victim’s mother reported on March 17.

The victim’s mother contacted the Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office to say her son claimed his father had allegedly hit him in the head with a shower curtain rod and taken his bed sheets from him.

The victim’s sister, a Cane Bay Elementary School student, had a similar testimony, saying the father beat the victim with a curtain rod, causing the victim to vomit violently.

The sister said she surrendered her bedding to her father willingly. The mother and father have joint custody of the children, she said.

A Berkeley County officer took the case over and referred the family to a Berkeley County Department of Social Services agent. DCSO collected a voluntary statement from the father.

Parking space squabble

A fight over a parking space ensued in the Walmart parking lot March 5, and Summerville Police were called to the scene. According to the complainant, 27 of North Charleston, she was removing her children from her vehicle in the Walmart parking lot when a car started honking at her and the driver yelled at her.

She said the 61-year-old suspect was threatening her and called the police.

According to the suspect, he told the complainant that he was not the person honking at her. She then threw a piece of gum at him, which the officer observed in the car.

The suspect completed a voluntary statement at Summerville Police Department.

The Walmart security video shows the suspect pulling his car next to the complainant, the complainant bending down and looking in the suspect’s car, the suspect beginning to follow the complainant toward the store, then turning around and return to his vehicle. Both parties advised they did not want to press charges.

Anything for candy

On March 13 a man was reported to Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office for enticing a student from school campus.

According to Reeves Elementary School records, the 21-year-old brother of a student signed his younger sister out of school, claiming she needed to go home and take a shower because she’d slept over at a friend’s house the night before.

The brother checked the victim out at 7:45 a.m. and returned her to Reeves at 8:37 a.m.

The victim informed her teacher the real reason she left school was to urinate in a cup for her brother, who told her he smoked cigarettes and needed to pass a urine test at his place of employment.

He said he would give the victim free candy. The student said she agreed and gave the sample in prescription pill bottles.

DCSO spoke with the place of employment and they confirmed the suspect was absent from work at the time the incident took place.

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