MPPD officers wear many hats, including babysitting grown adults

  • Thursday, March 6, 2014

A woman called police because she placed a bunch of shelves, intended for her business, against her garbage cans.

The garbagemen came and collected the trash and took the shelves.

She called police to report that they had been stolen, but the responding officer suggested that perhaps next time, if she has to put an item against the garbage cans, she post a note that says, “not trash.”

MPPD not only serves and protects, but they provide great, common sense advise as well.

Hanging around

When a man wants to relax in his backyard hammock, he ought not have to worry about it getting stolen.

But sure enough a resident of Belle Hall called police to report that his hammock had been taken. It was tied between two trees one minute and gone the next.

There was too little evidence to produce any suspects.

Knock knock

An 83-year-old woman called police to report that for the last few nights someone has been knocking on her back door at 3 a.m.

She said she did not call police because she figured whoever it was would be gone by the time an officer arrived. But after being awakened by the knocking more than once, she decided to report it.

When police asked her who she thought it might be, only one person came to mind. She said she had hired a handyman for a while, but she had no more work for him and she told him so. She said the handyman did not seem upset regarding that conversation. There wasn't much the officer could do but advise her to call them if it happened again.

You can’t pick your family

A woman from another state called police to report that her sister in Mount Pleasant had stolen her identity.

She said she had been in town visiting and her sister, who is a wanted felon for drug charges, went in her purse and stole her wallet.

She said her wallet had two licenses – one with her maiden name and one with her married name. She suspected her sister may have purchased a house using the victim's juvenile daughter's social security number.

The victim told police that her sister is reported to frequently hang out with a local man, whom she was able to name, as well as her boyfriend who is also local.

She told police if they could find the boyfriend, they would find her sister. In addition, the victim told police she believes her sister is pawning items around town using her stolen identity. She asked police to investigate and if found guilty she will press charges, the report said.

Just washing up

Well, some people just don't understand that you cannot take a shower just anywhere – like in Wal-Mart bathroom at the sink.

But according to a police report, a woman did just that, to the surprise of customers entering the bathroom.

Naturally, they reported this to the manager who called police.

The manager reported that there was a naked woman in the bathroom giving herself a scrub down.

When they arrived, the suspect was fully clothed, but she said in no uncertain terms that she should be able to clean herself in the bathroom.

She said, “I live here.”

She said she does all of her banking and shopping in the store, and she should be allowed to bathe there.

It's one thing to wash your hands, but to stand at the sink completely naked is a whole other ball game. The manager said that this woman has been in his store before and always seems to create a disturbance.

He asked that she be placed on trespass notice. The officer explained the notice to her and explained that she could not bathe in public restrooms.

Police obtained the woman's address, which was right down the road. She was unable to give them a reason why she didn't just bathe at home.

A long day

A man and his wife came home after a long day at work only to find their front door kicked in. Neither went inside and the husband called police right away. Officers cleared the house to make sure no intruders were still inside.

Then they brought the pair inside to see if anything was missing.

Right away they noticed two televisions were gone. A tablet had also been taken.

A jewelry box from the bathroom counter was sitting in the sink with water left running over it. No jewelry had been taken.

Just before police cleared the scene, a neighbor came over and said she had seen a pickup truck in their driveway earlier that day.

She said she locked eyes with the man loading items into his car and gave police a description. The case is under further investigation.

Store credit

A woman called police because she ordered some items online and tracked the purchase through UPS. The order status said they had been delivered. But she never received the package.

She reported this to the store, and after doing some research, the store learned that someone had taken all the items into the store and returned them for a store credit. No suspects were available, but the officer was attempting to contact the store to watch their security surveillance tapes.

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.

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