Sunday, February 16, 2014
Police were called because a man was caught shoplifting hard drives. On two different occasions, the suspect came in and bought two hard drives, paying cash. He then went out to his car and soon after would come back into the store and successfully return them. A third time, with the same suspect, he was found to have bought the same type of hard drive in North Charleston and returned it at a Mount Pleasant store. The total loss was $420. It turned out that the hard drives were damaged. Further investigation found that the hard drives were being replaced by ones that were “burned out” by the suspect, where he would dismantle the hard drive and replace the internals. This would leave the original hard drives' external parts in the returned box, which would have the item's serial number on it.
The loss prevention officers had still shots of the suspect, security footage and two of the returned hard drives as evidence.
A loss prevention officer was able to provide the license tag number of the suspect and the suspect was identified. A Department of Motor Vehicles photo matched one of the suspect.
It turns out this suspect has defrauded this chain of stores throughout the Lowcountry to the tune of $2,000. The case remains open while police hunt down the suspect.