The manager of a gas station on Trolley Road called police Aug. 21 to report an unruly customer. The manager said the customer, the son of one of his employees, became upset after the manager asked him to pay for two fountain drinks. The customer told the officer he wasn’t going to pay because the store gives free fountain drinks to employees and their families. The manager told the officer that wasn’t true. The officer viewed store surveillance video and reported he saw the customer hopping onto the counter to confront the manager. The customer was placed on a trespass notice for the gas station.
Police responded to a home on Woodward Boulevard on Aug. 20 when a neighbor reported a suspicious vehicle. The neighbor said the homeowner was out of town and he was watching her home. The officer found a Dodge Ram in the driveway with a man and woman inside asleep. The man told police the homeowner was his grandmother but he didn’t have a key, so they slept outside. The officer found the man had warrants from Charleston County for narcotic violations. The officer also discovered drug paraphernalia on both individuals, according to the report. The man was turned over to Charleston County.
An employee at a grocery store on Central Avenue told police he saw a woman place four packages of steak into her purse and attempt to leave the store. The officer said the woman admitted to placing the steaks in her purse. She was cited for shoplifting and placed on trespass notice.
A 19-year-old man told police he was riding in the front passenger seat of a car when the 25-year-old backseat passenger began hitting his head and face and grabbed his phone. When the driver entered the Twin Pines subdivision, the 19-year-old jumped out of the car and ran down the street with the 25-year-old following him, he said. When the older man grabbed a shovel, the younger man knocked on a door for help, he told police. He said the older man had been angry all day because his tires had been cut and his girlfriend had sent nude pictures to someone; however, the 19-year-old said he had nothing to do with either of those incidents.
An officer on patrol about 8 p.m. Aug. 23 reported seeing a Jeep Liberty driving with its lights off. The officer pulled the vehicle over in a shopping center parking lot on Bacons Bridge Road. The driver appeared very nervous and finally said, “I am 14 years old and I just stole this car from my mom,” according to the report. The officer contacted the driver’s mother, who said she would deal with the matter. The driver was taken home to her mother.