Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Police were called to a local restaurant due to a paycheck incident. An employee went to the owner asking about her check. It was not with the others and perhaps it did not get printed, she inquired.
She had her payroll company print another one and the employee cashed it and the incident was forgotten. However, the bank and the payroll company called the restaurant owner to notify her that the original check, thought to have not been printed, was actually cashed, according to an incident report. The endorsement signature was from one of the restaurant’s other employees, the report said..
When confronted, that employee said she did not cash the check and that the restaurant owners would be hearing from her lawyer. The restaurant owner told the employee that she would no longer be employed at the restaurant.
The officer looked into the situation and sure enough, the employee in question did sign the check, according to statements from bank officials. The owner said she only wanted the incident documented and that she did not want to pursue charges at that time.
A couple was setting up their home for a loved one who was coming home from the hospital to be looked after by hospice. They had a hospital bed delivered to the house and filled her prescriptions so they would be available when she arrived. But the man delivering the hospital bed allegedly noticed the pills and helped himself to some, a police report said..
The victims said they noticed the pills missing and they looked outside and watched the delivery man put the pills in the center console of his van, they said in a statement.
They called police and did not confront the man.
An officer arrived and approached the delivery man. He asked him if there was anything in his van that he might have taken from the house.
The delivery man was upset that he would be accused of such. He said he had been working for the company for a year and had never been accused of wrongdoing.
Oddly enough, the pill bottles had been put back in the house at this time. Several were missing and the couple knew exactly how many because they had just filled the prescription that morning and none had been taken yet.
The officer then asked the man if he could search his van
The suspect gave the officer permission, and inside the center console the officer found a pill bottle with the suspect’s name on it. The prescription said only 12 pills should be in the bottle, but several pills of varying sizes were in the bottle.
The officer then asked the suspect if the evidence team were to dust for fingerprints on the bottles in the house, would his fingerprints show up. He told the officer they would because he moved the bottles to put down his notepad.
However, the pills that did not belong in the suspect’s pill bottle matched up exactly with the ones that were missing, the incident report said. The delivery man was then arrested for theft of a controlled substance. After being read his rights, he told the officer it was a “crime of opportunity.”
Several students at a local school started horsing around and appeared to be about to fight each other. A teacher told police that they were very aggressive towards each other and other students were standing between them to prohibit the students from getting near each other.
In the midst of all the commotion, the teacher got pushed down.
Worst of all, she hurt her already injured knee and she braced her fall by landing on her already injured wrist.
According to a police report, students told police that the two were pushing and shoving and went to grab each other’s necks and that’s when the teacher stepped in.
Their accounts differed on why the teacher fell down. But ultimately, both students were charged with “disturbing schools” and sent home with their parents, the report said.
A woman went to get ready one morning and reached for a pair of earrings. She quickly realized they were all gone.
In fact, they had been removed from her bathroom vanity – all of them.
She called police and explained that she had an eerie feeling when she came home from work yesterday. After walking through her house, she noticed that the doors to the back porch were all unlocked. She told the officer that she never leaves her house unlocked. She checked another door in her master bedroom and found pry marks on the door frame. The doors were secured with a standard lock. CSI dusted for fingerprints while she searched the house for other missing items. Oddly, nothing else was taken and one earring had been left behind.
You owe me
A man called police because he began to receive harassing phone calls from an unknown person demanding money. The caller said the victim owed him $20.
The victim told the caller he did not know what they were talking about and hung up.
But it didn’t end there. The victim got another call and a voicemail. The caller identified himself as David and said, “You owe Jim $20.” He went on to state that he is 19 and has a gun registered to him.
The caller stated that he knows where the victim lives and that the victim should not call police because his brother is a police officer.
The caller said, “If you’re not going to pay then give me a call.”
The victim then texted the number and said he had no idea what was going on and he was not going to pay anything because he did not owe anyone money.
He told the subject to leave him alone or he would call police.
The subject texted the man back and said, “Are you (name redacted)?” The victim texted back and said the subject had the wrong middle name. At this point the suspect said he must have the wrong person, according to the report.
But it didn’t end there. The suspect then called back again and said, “Did you just call the cops on me?”
An officer called the phone number in question and a woman answered. He asked to speak with “David,” but she said she did not know a David. However, the officer could hear someone in the background yelling and it was the same voice that left the messages.
The officer gave her his name and phone number and said he would need to speak with David in reference to the case and possibly with her because she could be considered a party to it.
According to the report, the victim contacted the officer and said the suspect contacted him again, this time from another number. The text message read, “Ha ha. What’s your cop’s badge number?”
The cop then called the suspect and left a voicemail with his badge number, phone number and name.
At this point, the officer called the female back on the original number. This time a man answered and identified himself as the girl’s father. The officer asked for the father’s last name and he decline to give it. He was short with the officer and explained he was “p----d off.” When the officer asked why, he said because they were calling his daughter. The officer explained he only needed to straighten out the matter and identify this David person. The officer did not want police speaking to his daughter, but he was quickly informed that should the police officer obtain a warrant he could most certainly speak with the man’s daughter.
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. Generally, cases have not been adjudicated at the time of publication. To see more columns, go online to www.moultrienews.com.