Wednesday, January 22, 2014
An officer was working an off duty assignment in a discount store when he came upon a woman crouching down behind a shelving unit in the garden section. He asked her if she was okay and it turned out she was a loss prevention officer with the store and she and another officer were following a suspected shoplifter around the store.
They asked the officer to stick around in case they confronted the suspect.
The person in question appeared to be wandering around the store with no apparent agenda.
The man was pushing a cart and he would stop and place items in his cart and then go to another section of the store and place the items on shelves along the way.
The man engaged store employees in conversation and at one point even engaged the off duty officer in conversation.
He said he lived in Goose Creek and took the bus over here to shop because he liked the area. Then, unprovoked, he said he had a traumatic brain injury that caused him to do strange things sometimes.
He then walked on back to the garden section where he took out a BB Gun, opened it and shoved it down his pants. He left the empty package on the shelf.
The officer approached the man, introduced himself and the man said, “just take me to jail.”
They did and after checking his record learned he had several occurrences of larceny and theft.
A 32 year old woman was arrested and taken to jail after she trespassed in a local bar. She had been put on notice in 2008, but for whatever reason, went to the bar anyway.
She only stayed a few minutes according to the bartender and the manager. But they called police anyway. An officer went to the woman’s home, which was right behind the bar, and questioned her. She admitted to going to the bar, but said it was only to get her husband. Then she went inside and came back out with her copy of the 2008 trespass notice.
She admitted to knowing she was not supposed to go to the bar. She was then arrested and taken to jail for violating the notice.
A concerned citizen called police after he witnessed a car crash into the wall on 526. Police raced to the scene and found two men sitting on the ground.
The driver stood up and introduced himself. His passenger said the driver had been going very fast.
He said he told the man he should not be driving. The driver admitted to the officer that it was because he had drank six beers.
The driver failed sobriety tests and when asked how drunk he was on a scale of one to ten (ten being the most drunk) he gave himself a ten.
The officer asked again, just to make sure he was hearing that correctly and the man said “I guess a one.”
He blew a .19 on the Breathalyzer. In addition to numerous beer bottles, opened and unopened, the officer found two baggies of white powder. He was taken to jail for DUI, open container and possession of cocaine.
That’s my cab
Two men called a cab so they could get a safe ride home from the bar one night. When the cab arrived, four other men jumped in it.
Words were exchanged and a fight broke out when one of the original customers tried to pull the other men out of the cab.
The fight was eventually broken up but not before one man got punched in the face and his glasses broken.
He made a report to police so that if the men were identified, he could press assault charges.
A grandmother dropped her grandson at his mother’s house for the weekend.
He actually lives with the grandmother.
His mother has a boyfriend, and his father is in jail, the report said.
When Monday rolled around she picked him up from school but he was carrying his book bag rather than having it slung over his shoulders.
She questioned her grandson about this and he pulled out an IPAD.
She asked him where he got it and he told his grandmother he bought it with reward points at school.
This did not sound right and she told him he needed to be honest.
He then said he found it at his mother’s house in the kitchen cabinets under the pipes. The grandmother called this child’s mother to ask about the IPAD and she demanded that the grandmother return it.
She refused and instead called police because she said she wanted the rightful owner of the IPAD to get their property back.
The IPAD was taken in as evidence.
Go to counseling
A man with stage four throat cancer and his girlfriend were arguing all day - so much so a concerned citizen called police.
The man said he got loud because his girlfriend spoke to his sister in a condescending tone.
Nothing physical occurred.
However, the officer advised that counseling might help them deal with the stress caused by the radiation and cancer.
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.