Police Blotter: Man charged with trespassing on Front Street fire site

  • Thursday, January 9, 2014

A 47-year-old Powell Road man was arrested Dec. 31 for trespassing on the property of the buildings in the 700 block of Front Street destroyed by the Sept. 25 fire.

The report states the man was seen trying to remove copper pipes from the fenced-in property.

Police found the man inside the fence. He told police he works for a Front Street business owner and was waiting for him. Police talked to the business owner who said he was not supposed to meet the suspect and the suspect had no business in that area at that time.

The man was scheduled to appear in Municipal Court Thursday.

Didn’t fall for scam

A woman from Belle Isle reported what she believes is a scam.

She said she received a call Jan. 4 from a man who said she won $1 million. He told her she needed to call a 1-800 number and then enter a PIN which he provided.

The woman called the number and entered the PIN and a message said “congratulations. You are a winner.”

She said she knew at that point it was a scam.

The woman said the man who called was asking questions such as: Do you work? How old are you? How many children do you have? She never provided any personal information.

She was then advised to go to CVS and purchase a $250 scratch off card and then go home and wait for another call with further instructions.

She was told the cash would be delivered to her house that afternoon. The woman was advised to call the Sheriff’s Office if she received any other such calls.

Van stolen - again

For the second time, someone stole a van belonging to Waccamaw Mental Health. A worker said the 1999 Dodge Caravan was taken from the Lafayette Street office overnight Dec. 30.

The same van was stolen about eight months ago from the office parking lot but was recovered about a week later.

Apartment burglary

A man who lives on Hinds Street in Maryville said his apartment was burglarized while he was at church for a New Year’s Eve watch night service. He said the back door had been kicked in and the apartment was ransacked. The man said $700 in cash and $600 worth of jewelry was taken.

There are no suspects.

Drug dealer attacks

A Screven Street man says he was attacked by a drug dealer Dec. 31. The man said the suspect knocked on his door and when he stepped outside on the porch the suspect started punching him in the face and head.

He said his elderly mother tried unsuccessfully tried to break up the attack. The man’s jacket was ripped while he was being hit.

After the assault, the suspect fled in a vehicle and was not found by police.

The victim said he was assaulted because he owes the suspect $40 for drugs.

Theft from Lions Club

Police arrested a 30-year-old Georgetown man who was allegedly stealing aluminum cans from a trailer located in the Advanced Auto Parts parking lot.

The cans are collected at that location for the Lions Club.

A witness told police Monday she saw the suspect climb inside the trailer and take three plastic bags full of cans.

The woman said she asked the man if he was stealing the cans, and he said “no because people throw their trash in that trailer.”

She took pictures of the man taking the cans.

After police found the man on Highmarket Street he said he knew the cans were collected for people in need but he felt it was OK to take them because he “is a person in need right now.”

The man was released from jail Tuesday under a $2,100 bond.

Knife on campus

A resource officer at Rosemary Middle School received word that a student had a knife on campus Monday.

The 12-year-old student was asked about it by the officer and admitted he had the knife. He gave the officer the folding blade knife. He said he brought it to show his friends what he got for Christmas.

The student was recommended for expulsion.

Theft while worker distracted

A worker at Castaways Consignment and Resale on Mink Avenue said two women were browsing through the store Dec. 27 when one of the women asked for assistance in the front of the store. At the same time the other woman walked to the back of the store. The worker said she did not see the woman take anything from the back of the store but both women left without making a purchase.

After the women left the worker noticed clothing missing, She feels the items were taken while she was being distracted.

Christmas burglary

A man from the 1000 block of Durham Court said he arrived home Christmas Day and saw a bedroom window open.

A small safe had been pried open and several pieces of jewelry were missing. Also taken was a pair of beard and mustache trimmers, a change jar containing about $350 and money from the safe.

Other things such as guns were not taken.

The man said his back screen door was also unlocked. He said he never unlocks that door.

Elvis Santa and woman walk out on tab

Managers at the Wicked Tuna in Murrells Inlet said a man and woman ordered $31 worth of drinks Dec. 18 and were given their bill. They were asked several times to pay the tab but instead of paying they “threw some junk on the bar” and walked out.

They got into a boat docked at the marina.

One of the managers said the male suspect was dressed as Elvis and was wearing a Santa hat.

A deputy found the couple on the boat. The woman said she did not mean to skip out on the tab and said could get the money but needed to make a call. She was given 20 minutes to make arrangements to pay.

After the time expired, the woman was arrested because she still did not have the cash.

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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