Tuesday, July 1, 2014
According to a police report, a woman in a local grocery store was seen concealing items in her purse that eventually totaled $300. A manager confronted her outside of the store, and according to the report, she ran back into the store, dropped the purse and took off in her car.
The manager called police and said he did not want to press charges or put her on trespass notice, but he did want to return her purse and the items of hers that were in it and he wanted police to counsel her on shoplifting.
Police found the suspectís address and went to her home. According to the report, her husband was there and said his wife got a call about a friend having a medical emergency and she did not mean to walk out of the store with the merchandise. He told the officer she had gone back to the store to clear things up and was on her way back home. The officer waited for the woman to return home and called the store manager while he waited.
The manager said the suspect explained to him about the medical emergency, but his employees saw her concealing the items, the report said.
According to the report, the suspect arrived home and explained to police that the purse was her shopping bag and that she was so concerned about her friend she dashed out of the store. She said as soon as she made sure her friend was okay she went right back to the store to explain her actions. The officer told her to use a bag that looks more like a shopping bag than a purse so as not to confuse anyone.
A mother had her son evicted from her home a while back and put on trespass notice. But according to a police report, she came home recently to find him locked in his old room.
She managed to get him to leave but not before he allegedly spewed ugly statements at her.
She called police, and while waiting for their arrival, she received several more hateful text messages, the report said.
The son did not have a car, so police looked for him in the area of the home, but did not locate him.
They called his cell phone and warned him that should he return he would be arrested.
Found in a womanís backyard was a skinned head of an animal, a police report said. The victim called police and reported that she suspected it was an old roommate she had a falling out with.
The victim said she had been living with her parents because the roommate allegedly caused a disturbance at her former house very recently. She told officers she was scared the old roommate would come back, so she moved in with her parents.
The officer investigated the animal head and determined that it appeared to be that of a coyote.
Photos were taken for evidence, and when police tried to reach the old roommate, they had little luck because she did not answer and her voicemail was full.
Drinking in public
Police were called to a gas station because a man allegedly caused a scene while trying to buy some beer.
The clerk said the man attempted to purchase beer but became angry when told his card would not go through. According to the report, he then said he would beat the card machine until it worked. The man then threw $3 on the counter and went back to the cooler and said he would grab just one beer, the report said. He then allegedly went outside to his car and popped it open.
When police arrived, they saw him sitting in his car sipping on the beer. The man refused at first to get out of his car and talk to the officers, the report said.
He eventually was talked out of the car and given some field sobriety tests, where it was determined that he was too drunk to drive, according to the police report.
He was given a ride home by police and allowed to leave his car in the parking lot. However, he was placed on trespass notice from the gas station.
Police took him home and handed the keys directly to his wife because on the way home the suspect said he would just go back and get the car after police left, the report said.
According to police, the wife said her husband has a drinking problem and this is an ongoing issue. She said it would have just been easier if officers had taken him to jail, the report said.
While the officers where talking to the wife, the husband headed for the garage and got into a car that he said he was going to take so he could go pick up his other car, according to the report. The man was told to get out of that car and he did but then started walking towards the road and said he would just walk there, the report said.
He then allegedly began cussing out his wife, saying she had embarrassed him.
According to the report, the man was then arrested for public intoxication and taken to jail.
Imagine youíre heating up your dinner in the microwave one minute and chasing down a burglar the next. According to a police report, this happened to one woman who heard noise coming from her den while she was in the kitchen. She walked into the room to find a man climbing in her front window, the report said.
She didnít see his face but got a good description of the man and called police. According to the report, the victim screamed at the suspect and he jumped back out and ran off. The victim ran out her front door and did not see the man running down the street, so she suspected he took off through the woods in the back of her house.
Police brought out the tracking dogs and they tracked the suspect to a nearby house. The owner of that home was contacted and gave police the keys to the house so they could enter. Before having to do so though, they gave verbal commands for the suspect to come out. He eventually did, holding his hands above his head, the report said. He was then taken in for questioning regarding possible burglary charges.
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.