Crime beat

  • Friday, August 22, 2014


An employee at a truck rental company said that sometime between Aug. 4 and Aug. 13, someone stole a tow dolly trailer valued at $2,000 from a parking lot on Marymeade Drive.

Beware the ‘normals’

An employee at a North Main Street business told police a man bought several items about 12:30 p.m. Aug. 17 using two $20 bills, but after he left she realized the bills were counterfeit. She told police the man looked “normal.”

Free money

An employee at a convenience store on Boone Hill Road said a frequent customer came in Aug. 12 and bought about $20 worth of items using a $100 bill.

He returned about 45 minutes later with another $100 bill, she said. This time she checked the bill and determined it was counterfeit.

The man took the bill back and told her a friend had given him three $100 bills.

One more

An employee at a drugstore on North Main Street reported Aug. 9 that someone had used a counterfeit $100 bill to pay for merchandise, but she didn’t know when it had been used.

Bad blood

A Summerville police officer was called to Summerville Medical Center on Aug 12 in reference to a knife assault.

The victim told the officer that he and a man with whom he has an ongoing dispute got into a fight at the entrance to Wassamassaw Park.

When he got the better of the other man, the other man pulled a knife and began jabbing at him, the victim said. When he returned home, he saw blood running down his arm, he said.

The officer reported seeing a scratch of 8 inches and a laceration 1-inch long and about a half-inch-deep on the man’s arm and a scratch of 7 inches and a laceration 1-inch long and about a half-inch-deep on the man’s side.

The victim said he didn’t want to press charges.

Animal cruelty

A woman on Cynthia Lane reported she found her cat in the backyard with a gunshot wound to its hind leg.

She took the cat to the vet, who said the leg was broken possibly due to BB gunshot.

The woman said she’d had an argument with a neighbor in December, who complained about the cat on his property and threatened to shoot it.

The officer contacted the neighbor, who said he hadn’t been home most of the day and hadn’t seen the cat.

The woman said she wishes to prosecute if the neighbor is found responsible.

Orderly shoplifting

A loss prevention officer at a store on North Main Street told police he observed a 40-year-old male and a 34-year-old female placing tags from less expensive clothing items onto more expensive clothing items and then checking out.

The police officer discovered the woman had a bench warrant for failure to appear. She was arrested for the warrant and for shoplifting.

Because the man had his two children with him, he drove himself to the police station behind the officer’s car. He was booked on the shoplifting charge and released.

Know when to walk away

A Summerville police officer responded to a restaurant on Trolley Road on Aug. 16 because of a report of a suspicious vehicle.

He found a man asleep behind the wheel of the parked car. The man told the officer he’d had four bourbon drinks, according to the incident report.

The officer told the man it was illegal to be publicly intoxicated or to sleep in his car, called a taxi for him, and got the restaurant to agree to allow the car to remain parked there overnight.

While waiting for the taxi, though, the man “charged” the officer’s car and said he wasn’t going to wait any longer.

He became belligerent, the officer said, so the officer arrested him for public intoxication.

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