Friday, October 4, 2013
A man bought a drink for a woman at a local chicken restaurant and then stopped to chat with her in the parking lot on the way out to his car when leaving. A man came out of nowhere and brushed up against him and told him he needed to leave now.
The suspect then drew his thumb across his own neck in an attempt to threaten the victim, a police report said.
The victim called police to report the incident and claimed that when he was trying to leave the parking lot, the suspect rode up in front of his car on a bike, dropped it to the ground and smashed the hood of the car with his fists. He caused an estimated $500 in damage.
The victim said he did not want to press charges but wanted the incident documented.
Police were able to find the suspect at his apartment. His story was that when he was leaving, the alleged victim brushed up against him. He said the alleged victim and two others were intimidating him and when he got on his bike to leave they were playing chicken with him via the car and he got off his bike and hit the victim’s hood.
Pay your bill
There is a scam going on in which a person calls and claims to be with the power company. The caller will say the electricity is being shut off unless they pay their bill over the phone that instant with a credit card. This is a scam. Do not fall for it folks.
A clerk at a local discount store watched two women come into the store and try to steal some items off a display table. They saw that they had been spotted and played it down by putting the items back and walking outside to a sidewalk display. Their car was parked along the sidewalk out front. They pretended to browse the outside display and then began placing items in the back seat of their car.
The clerk then walked outside and confronted them. The suspects said they were coming inside to pay, according to a police report. But the clerk took back the items and told them to leave.
The suspects then left, according to the report and drove down a ways to another store in the shopping complex.
An officer was able to find one of the suspects. She said she did not know anything about the incident other than the cashier flipped out on her friend.
She said her friend was inside the store, and the officer went in searching for her. By this time, he had the suspect’s name and had knowledge of a warrant that had been put out for her arrest for shoplifting and property crime enhancement.
The officer spotted her and put her under arrest for the pending warrant. He escorted the suspect to the patrol car. While he was filling out the paperwork, a clerk from the second store approached him. She said she found an old pair of boots hanging next to a display of new boots. She said she believed the woman swapped her old ones for some new ones.
He had the suspect exit the car to look at her boots. Sure enough, the boots belonged to the store and had been taken without being paid for.
The boots were given back and the woman was taken to jail with no shoes on.
A man was having a mobile home delivered to his property, and the truck driver had to take down a street sign to access the property. The neighbor, who shares ownership of this particular road with the new mobile homeowner, got into an argument with the truck driver.
According to a police report there was a huge disturbance. But when police arrived the truck driver was gone.
The new mobile homeowner asked police to tell the woman to stay off of his property.
Police spoke to her and she said the road is on her property and all she did was ask the truck driver to repair any damage he may cause and to put the sign back up when he is done. She said she never stepped foot on her neighbor’s property and agreed not to do so in the future.
Bait and switch
A woman was pumping gas when a salesman came up to her and started talking to her about windshields and how his company can replace damaged ones for free. He gave her his business card and moved on down the line. She went back to pumping and saw that the pump shut off at $32. When she started her car it was still on empty.
She said it normally costs about $80 to fill her car.
She called the number on the business card because at that point she suspected the salesman had someone use her pump to pump gas into another vehicle while he distracted her.
He called the woman crazy and told her he never left her sight while they were talking and he couldn’t have possibly done such a thing.
He hung up on her and she called police.
There were no cameras in the pumping area so police could not prove this man did anything. But they did call and at first he thought the call was a prank. After some convincing he finally spoke to the officer and said he would never even know how to do that. He said he was just there to get his name and company out there.
When the officer asked for his personal information he became difficult and would only give the officer an old address from Myrtle Beach. The case was closed due to lack of any evidence of theft.
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.