Police Blotter: Burning blanket in pickup

  • Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Who set a blanket on fire in the back of a pickup truck parked at a home on Thurman Road in the Hemingway section of Georgetown County?

That is what investigators hope to find out.

County firefighters were dispatched to a vehicle fire at the residence and when they arrived, they found the blanket burning in the back of the truck.

The owner of the truck said he was asleep when his grandchildren woke him up to let him know his truck was burning.

As the man’s wife called 911, his nephew ran outside and tried to extinguish the blanket fire with a bucket of water.

The deputy noted the only damage to the truck was where the blanket had been located. There were three other vehicles in the yard that were not damaged.

“There were no indications that any accelerant had been used to start the fire nor evidence the fire was maliciously set,” the report states.

No one reported hearing or seeing anyone in the area around the time of the fire.

Yauhannah burglary

A woman from the 1100 block of Trinity Road said she returned home at about 11:30 p.m. June 10 and saw her house had been broken into.

She said when she turned on the lights she saw her $500 flat screen TV was gone from her living room.

It appears entry was made to the house by removing window air conditioning unit.

Nothing else was reported missing.


The owner of Francis Marion Store on Highway 701 said a woman she has never seen in the store before shoplifted more than $40 worth of items June 10.

The woman is seen on video from security cameras placing car decals, sunglasses and beef jerky in her purse before walking out the door.

A description of the woman’s vehicle was given but she had not been found.

Copper theft

The owner of Howard Homes on Highmarket Street called police June 10. He said he noticed some copper wire and valves were missing from four of the trailers on the property.

He said all four trailers had been left unsecured.

A worker reported seeing a burgundy bike next to one of the trailers. She later saw a man jump on the bike and leave the area.

Leaps from vehicle

A Georgetown police officer attempted a traffic stop on a vehicle on Merriman Road at about 10 a.m., June 10 because of a license tag problem.

The driver did not stop and the officer pursued the vehicle. The suspect drove behind Lamar’s Fish and Chips on Merriman Road then jumped out while the vehicle was still moving.

He ran as the car crashed into a wooden fence.

There were three passenger in the vehicle and they were ordered out by police.

The officers confirmed the name of the driver who got away from Central Dispatch.

An open, cold beer can was found inside the vehicle. All three passengers said the beer belonged to the driver.

The vehicle was towed. The man, who has four previous driving under suspension violations, was not found.

Altercation at party

A woman from Chasewood Drive in Browns Ferry was throwing a party for her granddaughter June 14 when the child’s mother allegedly began causing problems.

She was upset because her mother refused to co-sign for a new vehicle. She reportedly began to “threaten the family with violence,” the report states.

The victim described her daughter as “completely out of control.”

The suspect was gone when the officer arrived so he tried to speak with her by phone.

The officers states the woman “was so irrational I could not get a straight answer from her about the altercation.”

Her mother decided she did not want to press charges.

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

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