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Police Blotter: Laptop or day planner?

  • Friday, March 1, 2013

  • Updated Monday, September 23, 2013 10:52 am

A man who was shopping in the Murrells Inlet Food Lion reported a stolen laptop.
He said he had the laptop in a shopping cart. When he was in the checkout line, he received a telephone call, so he walked outside to talk with the caller.
When he returned the laptop was gone from the cart.
Footage from a security camera shows a 26-year-old Murrells Inlet woman in line holding what looks like the man’s laptop. She was identified by management because she is a former employee of the store.
When contacted, the woman admitted she had the computer and handed it over to a deputy. She said she thought it was a day planner and when she realized it was a computer she was attempting to return it.
The owner said he did want to prosecute.

WES vandalism


A window was shattered and a lock to a gate was cut at Waccamaw Elementary School Feb. 26, according to a school official who met with a deputy.
The broken window was in a computer lab and the vandalized lock was on a gate leading to the rear of the gym.  A brick that was broken into several pieces was found near the window.
Nothing out of the ordinary was picked up by the school’s security cameras so there are no suspects.

Fake cash at KFC and Auto Zone


A manager at Georgetown’s KFC was counting money at the end of the day Feb. 24 when she saw five counterfeit $20 bills were in the stack of money. She said she had no idea who passed the fake cash at the restaurant.
The previous day an unknown woman used a fake $100 to purchase a chrome steering wheel cover and floor mats at Auto Zone on Highmarket Street.
The woman was given $54 in change.

Vulgar texts from ex’s husband


A Pawleys Island man says he has been receiving unwanted, verbally abusive and threatening text messages from the husband of his ex-wife.
The deputy who responded reports seeing nine messages from the 42-year-old Sumter man that were “profane, obscene, vulgar and indecent in nature.”
On one messages, the suspect wrote “I dare you to show up at the next child exchange” and “I am coming hard and fast at you.” The victim sent the suspect several messages asking him to stop the harassment.
The victim’s wife said she received several voice mails. One was from the suspect’s 10-year-old son who said “my daddy says to tell you if he does not shut his big mouth he will put a stop to it.”
The matter was expected to be presented to a magistrate for possible prosecution.

The three who got away

A deputy was sent to the 500 block of Honey Hill Street the night of Feb. 21 because of a report of a possible burglary.
When he arrived he saw three men sitting in a car in front of the house.  The driver of the car drove away with the officer giving chase.
Once reaching Lawthorne Drive, the three men bailed from the car and ran in the woods.
The deputy ran after them but was unable to locate the trio.
The vehicle was towed.

Information is subject to change as the investigation proceeds. Individuals arrested and/or charged have not been convicted.
— Compiled by Scott Harper

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