Crime beat

  • Friday, July 11, 2014

Self-serving checkout

A large chain store’s loss prevention employee watched as a customer scanned only selected items at the self-checkout July 1, then walked out of the North Main Street store with both the scanned and unscanned items. According to a police report, the unscanned items included clothing, personal hygiene items and Pop-Tarts, for a total value of $39.28. The shopper was arrested and charged with shoplifting, and the store employee said the stolen items could still be sold.

The scenario repeated itself the next day, when a different shopper at the same store scanned only some of her items at the checkout and attempted to leave with her unpaid-for cheese, pineapple, popcorn, London broil, potatoes, water toys, fireworks, bell peppers and tomatoes. She was arrested and charged with shoplifting, and the store recovered all the merchandise and declared it fit for resale.

Cashing in

A North Charleston woman told Summerville Police that a check had been cashed against her checking account for $578.91 at a discount department store on Ladson Road. She said she’d never been to the store or allowed anyone to cash a check there for her. Police advised her to close her checking account. A Summerville man had a similar tale. He said a check for $485.58 had been cashed against his account at the store. Although his bank credited the money back to him, the store sent him a letter demanding payment. The bank told him to file a police report so the store would know the initial payment had been fraudulent.

Show house theft

An employee arriving at the business office/show house of a subdivision on U.S. 78 on June 30 discovered it had been burgled. She reported missing: a 60-inch plasma TV valued at $3,000, a computer valued at $625; a laptop valued at $2,000; and an iPad valued at $350.

Around 4:20 the following morning, a neighbor reported a suspicious male running between houses. A Summerville police officer saw a car with Kentucky plates leaving the subdivision; however, a records check revealed the car wasn’t registered in Kentucky. The officer stopped the car and interviewed the two occupants, who said they had gotten lost returning from Folly Beach to North Charleston.

A further records check showed the woman had two warrants out of Kentucky, including one for receiving stolen property over $10,000. She was placed under arrest, and the car was towed for lack of a licensed driver.

My brother’s keeper

An officer stopped a van near a hotel in the North Main Street area for suspicious behavior. One of the occupants identified himself, and a records check revealed an arrest warrant from the Charleston Police Department. At that point, the man admitted he had given his brother’s name because he thought there might be a warrant out for him but that his brother was in the clear.

A second records check, under the correct name, revealed that he did indeed have a warrant out from the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office. He was arrested on the warrant and Summerville Police added a charge of providing false information.

Surprise inside

A rental car company reported a car had been returned with a .380 Firestorm handgun under the driver’s seat. A Summerville officer called the last renter of the car, who said the gun wasn’t his. The gun was fingerprinted and placed into evidence.

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