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‘He simply picked up his shoes and walked out of the house'

  • Wednesday, July 9, 2014

A citizen called police because he said a pit bull had attacked him after breaking off of its leash. He told the officer he did not know the dog’s name but knew the owner and gave police the owner’s name and description. According to the report, it turns out the dog’s owner is homeless and does not have a telephone.

The victim said the owner took his pup and they fled the area.

In addition, he told police this same dog tried to attack him a week prior.

The man was bitten in the rear and on his leg, according to the report, and the officer had to call EMS to have him checked out.

Police passed the report on to animal control for further investigation.

The bad rebound

A neighborly man called police because he was concerned for his neighbor whom he thought was being taken advantage of, according to a police report. He said his neighbor’s wife passed away and their housekeeper introduced the widower to one of her friends. The widower allegedly became romantically involved with this friend. Soon after, the widower learned that his new romantic interest had a criminal history, the report said.

This new romantic interest went out of town, and while she was there, she was allegedly arrested for outstanding warrants.

Well, the widower paid more than $100,000 in legal fees for the woman and her attorney, the report said.

Then, according to the report, the widower learned the attorney had been disbarred and was not allowed to practice law and that his new lover may not have been arrested after all.

The widower was allegedly told he was being placed as the primary custodian for the woman while she is on probation, and he must pay all associated fees for her to be released from jail. He was also allegedly told that he will be legally responsible if the fees are not paid.

The officer who responded to talk to the widower about being conned asked him if he had spoken to his own attorney or the probation officer involved in this case. It turns out all communication had been handled by his housekeeper, the report said.

The widower said he had not spoken to his love interest since she had been arrested other than through his housekeeper.

The officer asked how he paid the legal fees and it turned out the housekeeper sent wire transfers from his account to the attorney.

When asked if he had given his housekeeper access to his accounts, the widower said he had not and was not sure how she had gained access. But he did authorize the transfers, the report said.

The case is under investigation.

Come on in

A woman and her husband called police after allegedly finding a stranger in their house, making himself at home.

The wife said she saw a light outside her window and at first thought it was headlights. But then, according to the report, she heard her french doors click open. The couple got up and walked into the kitchen and found a man crouched down by the kitchen table, the report said.

The wife screamed and her husband demanded the man leave their house.

The report said the suspect slowly stood up, walked out to the back porch, picked up his shoes and walked into the backyard towards the woods.

According to the report, the suspect almost knocked over one of the flowerpots and hesitated as if he were going to pick it up if it fell.

The husband told police that the suspect seemed very at ease with being in the home and was in no hurry to leave.

The suspect allegedly did not rush or seem scared when he was confronted.

“He simply picked up his shoes and walked out of the house,” the report said.

The couple agreed the suspect seemed to be under the influence of drugs and in a daze.

The report said that it appears the suspect was only briefly in the home. An earpiece to a phone was missing, but no other electronics were disturbed, according to the report.

The case is under investigation.

Shenanigans

Thankfully, the hijinks of some kids did not result in major punishment – just a lesson learned.

According to a police report, it all started one evening when a man was tucking his child in for bed when the doorbell rang. His wife, who is recovering from foot surgery, went to answer the door.

She was met by a large amount of smoke, later found to be coming from a smoke bomb, the report said. Another child in the house told his parents that he saw a group of kids speeding away on a golf cart and others running through the woods.

According to the report, the father got on his golf cart to find the kids and found one boy who said he was not involved.

But the kid then said he was at the scene of the incident but didn’t participate, according to the report.

At this point, two other kids walked up and admitted to being involved, the report said. The suspects said a fourth kid was driving a golf cart loaded down with fireworks.

According to the report, the kids said they were staying with family in another part of the neighborhood.

The officer went to the address and spoke with a man who said the fourth kid had just ran in the house and would not tell him what happened.

The victim did not want to press charges, so police counseled the children in hopes this would be a lesson to them.

Gone fishing

Some folks visiting the area decided they would go fishing on their way back through Tennessee, so they went to the sporting goods section of a local store to get supplies. However, according to a police report, one of the men tried to conceal on his person multiple fishing tackle items worth almost $60.

A loss prevention officer watched the incident play out and stopped him at the front door before he could leave, the report said.

When police arrived, the suspect admitted to the attempted theft and said he “did the stupid thing” because he could not afford to buy the fishing supplies. He was taken to jail where he’d be fishing for leniency from the judge during bond court.

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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