Crime Beat

  • Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Caught on video…

Planning to steal lottery tickets? Try doing it away from the security camera.

A deputy responded to a call at a convenience store in Harleyville in reference to a shoplifting incident.

The officer spoke to a clerk, who reported that someone stole three lottery tickets from behind the counter. The clerk said she had counted them when she came on shift and counted them again, as required, to make sure of inventory. She said that is when she noticed three missing. She said she saw an unknown black male earlier near the counter but never saw him take the tickets; he left the scene in a blue Crown Victoria.

Witnesses, however, identified the subject, as did the deputy, who observed security footage of the subject reaching over the counter and taking the tickets. The deputy recognized the subject from past incidents. Law enforcement is seeking that subject.

Suspicious Activity

A deputy responding to a call about suspicious persons at Cooper’s Ridge in Ladson saw two black males sitting in a white Jeep Compass. As he approached, they fled the vehicle on foot and he was unable to apprehend them.

The deputy examined the vehicle, finding a broken window and a bullet lodged in the door. He also noted that the keys were still in the ignition; further canvassing turned up a gold watch and drug paraphernalia.

The deputy then spoke to the complainant who said he had seen the two from the balcony of his apartment and noticed one of them crouching in the bushes holding a gun.

The complainant told the deputy he is in a gang and the two may have been in another gang and may have been there seeking retaliation, but would not elaborate any further.

The vehicle was towed to the DCSO impound lot.

More suspicious activity

A Summerville woman reported that her five year old juvenile grandson told her he was approached by an unknown white male subject as he rode his bicycle near the woods at the end of Lake Drive. The grandson said the subject asked him if he wanted to see his guns, then showed him a BB gun and what looked like a pistol. The subject was describe as being in his early teens and having brown hair.

Bad date…

A North Charleston woman reported that a man she met on a dating website robbed her at gunpoint. She said they met on hookup.com and she agreed to pick up the subject at a street corner near Greenhurst Avenue.

She said she actually met him at a gas station and he was initially with someone in a white SUV. She also said he kept telling her he was wanted for murder out of New York.

She said they went to dinner and she paid, then he asked to go with her to her residence. When she declined, he became angry, pulled out a pistol and pointed it at her, and demanded her money, taking some $520 in cash.

He then attempted to wipe his fingerprints from the inside of the car, then got out and fled on foot.

The woman described the subject as a 32-year-old black male, muscular build wearing his hair in short neck length braids and wearing camouflage shorts.

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