Wednesday, May 22, 2013
A shoplifter was reported to police recently after a loss prevention officer witnessed a woman leave the store with items she did not pay for. He approached the suspect, according to a report, and she admitted that she was wrong and did not pay for the items.
Police responded, read her rights to her and then asked for her side of the story. Again she admitted to stealing the items. Prior to being taken to jail, her belongings were searched. In her purse police found a canister with a white rock in it. She said it might be Ativan because she tends to keep them in the canister. Eventually a friend arrived and took her purse and her car home for safe keeping.
Then the woman in custody changed her story and told the officer that the canister belonged to her friend. The officer asked her if the rock was a narcotic and she said she did not know. The officer then asked if her “friend” did drugs and she said the friend did in fact do drugs.
The officer asked her what kind of drugs the ‘friend” did and she said crack cocaine and others. She was charged with possession of crack cocaine.
A company owner called police to report that an employee who had just been fired vandalized his company truck.He told the responding officer that the employee would not respond by radio. He later found out this employee was at a relative’s house and after almost three hours the owner was finally able to reach him. He was told to bring the truck back and that he was fired. The employee then threw the radio into the windshield and shattered it, according to the report. The report states that the employee brought the truck back and told his now former boss that if he pressed charges he would have someone shoot him.
The owner called police and reported that this former employee had the keys to the business. He said if he got those keys back, he would not press charges. He said that not pressing charges had nothing to do with the threat of being shot, but more so the fact that he was busy and did not have time for court.
The officer spoke with the former employee who made the excuse of not hearing the radio. He then turned the tables and said his boss became hostile and started cussing him. He said he would return the keys and added that he did not mean to break the windshield. He said it just happened.
A boutique owner had to call police after a woman stole some items. The store owner told the officer that a woman came in and approached the counter and said she needed a job. The store owner asked for her resume and she responded that she did not have one. The owner then told her to write down her name and number. The woman wrote her information down and added, “need a job part time badly.” She then looked around the store and left. Once the woman left, the store owner went to where the woman had been standing for a while and noticed that a dress and a wallet were missing. She then looked outside and saw the woman leaving a store beside her’s. She was carrying a backpack she did not have earlier.
The store owner approached her and asked about the theft. She said she did not have anything and even offered to let her look inside her new backpack. The store owner decided to back off and let the woman drive off.
She did not get the tag number, but was able to get a good description of the car. She explained to the officer that the store beside her’s might have cameras. So the officer went to next store and although they did not have cameras, there was a backpack missing. Both store owners said they did want to press charges. The officer then ran the woman’s name and phone number and came up with an Old Village address. He went to the woman’s home and sure enough, she was getting out of the car the store owner described and she was wearing the dress the store owner said she stole.
He explained to her that he was investigating a theft. She said she did not know anything about it. He then told her it was in reference to the dress she was wearing. She became very defensive and said a friend gave her he dress She then turned to her friend and said, “Didn’t you just give this to me?”
The friend looked at her hesitantly and then looked at the officer. The officier said, “Don’t get yourself in trouble over this.” She walked away.
So the suspect then looked at the officer and said, “What do you want me to do? Take it off right here?”
Well, of course, he did not want her to do that. He explained to her that she should go into her house and change clothes and come back out. She then said she had on a bathing suit underneath and she didn’t mind. She then removed the dress and handed it over. Her friend then brought out a dress for her.
The officer then asked her where the wallet was and she removed her license and credit cards and cash. He then asked for the backpack and she pulled out numerous items and handed that over.
She was then issued a trespass notice for both stores. She asked if she could just pay for the items and forget about the whole thing. He told her that she did not have to pay for the items since they were being returned but that the store owners may still want to press charges. And they did. The officer prepared the warrants for her arrest.
An officer observed a car changing lanes without using his turn signal and saw that the passenger did not have on a seat belt.
He pulled the driver over and when he did he smelled a strong odor of marijuana.
He had the driver and the passenger step out of the car. The passenger suddenly had to go to the bathroom but the officer told her she would have to wait.
The driver told the officers that he did not mind them searching the car and that he did not have any marijuana in the car.
He said the last time he had marijuana in the car was one hour prior to the stop.
No marijuana was found but all sorts of random items were in the trunk, like ink and radios. The driver said he didn’t know what those items were for since the car belonged to his wife. Police also located multiple identification cards with all sorts of names on them. The passenger explained to officers that the driver picks her up and takes her to stores in North Charleston and then she comes to Mount Pleasant to return the items without receipts. That is why she had all of the ID’s because the stores allow you to only use the identifications three times for returns. The report says she gets a $10 gift card when she returns the items. She said she did not know where the items came from because every time the driver picks her up, the items are already in the car.
The driver is currently on supervised federal probation. His driver’s license is suspended for unpaid traffic tickets. He was charged with improper lane use, driving under suspension, borrowing ID’s, failure to pay tickets. The passenger was also charged with borrowing ID’s and no seat belt. The case was also turned over to the investigative division to look into the possibility of illegal activity in regard to the store returns.
The Police Blotter is intended to be an informative and/or humorous column written from police reports obtained from the Mount Pleasant Police Department. Many of the stories come from the initial incident reports and, occasionally, supplemental reports. Generally, cases have not been adjudicated at the time of publication. See more columns at www.MoultrieNews.com.