Crime beat

  • Friday, August 15, 2014

Bonus rental

A Ridgeville woman told police she had forgotten her Bersa Thunder .380-caliber handgun under the driver’s seat of a rental car she had already returned. A Summerville police officer contacted the rental company and learned the car had already been rented out again. The officer located the new renter where she was eating dinner in the Oakbrook area, retrieved the gun, and returned it to the owner.

Party time

A store loss prevention officer reported a 21-year-old woman attempted to leave the store without paying for seven 12-packs of beer and three 12-packs of soft drinks. She was issued a shoplifting citation.

A few days later, the same store reported an unknown male attempted to leave the store without paying for 16 pieces of meat.

The suspect ran off when confronted and hopped onto a bicycle in the parking lot and fled.

No such thing as a free ride

A Summerville police officer responded to a report of a stolen bicycle on West 2nd North Street.

The bicycle owner said he’d misplaced the bike but refused to say where he last saw it. Because the man smelled like alcohol, the officer offered him a ride home so he would arrive safely.

Before allowing the man into the patrol car, though, the officer searched the man, with his consent, and found marijuana.

The man was arrested for possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

After being booked, he was released and taken back home.


The secretary of a company on Central Avenue said someone put sand into the pumps of a Mack pump concrete truck, causing the pumps to blow. She estimated the damage at $36,000.

She said the truck had been parked behind a locked gate when not in use.

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