Crime Beat

  • Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Fashion fight

Summerville Police Department responded to a disorderly student at Gregg Middle School on April 28.

According to the assistant principal’s statement, a teacher asked a student to put on her jacket because her shirt did not meet dress code. The student said she would “gun people” who say she can’t wear the shirt. The student told the responding officer she was joking, but SPD informed her that the threat was considered unlawful and the next time criminal charges would be pursued.

Stealing a smoke

The Hess Mart on Trolley Road reported a burglary to Summerville Police Department on April 12.

According to the victim, someone used a large rock to break the front glass window and steal 515 packs of cigarettes. The total value was $2,972. The store did have surveillance video, although the alarm was never activated so the video did not capture the incident. The case was closed due to lack of evidence.

Parking lot theft

On May 3, Summerville Police Department was dispatched to Kohls for shoplifting. In the parking lot, SPD met with the victim who said he witnessed his car being broken into.

When the victim and his son confronted the suspects, the suspects fled in a black Ford Explorer. The officer spoke with the victim’s juvenile son, who was assaulted during the incident. The juvenile victim said one of the suspects elbowed him in the chest and pushed him into a parked car in an effort to get away. The estimated value of the stolen items was $1,000. SPD did recover fingerprints from the scene and video surveillance from Kohls.

Bus ride blackout, brawl

The Summerville High School resource officer was sent to the bus loop on May 5 for a fight. The officer met the victim, who said the subject hit him multiple times in the head after he told the suspect he wouldn’t fight with him. The officer met with the suspect who admitted he hit the victim and said he blacks out after he loses his temper. According to the suspect, the victim was talking about him when the fight started. The suspect was charged with disturbing schools.

Honest man

Summerville Police Department and Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office responded to a case of aggravated assault on May 4. The victim called SPD after the suspect punched her in the face, kicked her and damaged her property. The damage is estimated at $700. DCSO confronted the suspect at his residence, who admitted to the assault. “I’m an honest man, and I did all those things because she woke me up and started to argue with me,” the suspect told officers, according to the police report. The suspect was arrested and taken to the Dorchester County Detention Center.

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