Police Blotter: Children left in car

  • Thursday, August 7, 2014

An anonymous caller reported a black BMW in parking lot of the Murrells Inlet with an infant and two other small children inside around 1:15 p.m. July 20.

The caller said the window was open “about an inch” and another winnow was cracked open about an inch-and-a-half. The baby was crying.

The child’s mother returned to the car before the deputy arrived saying “I am here.”

The caller stood behind the woman’s car saying she should wait for police to get on the scene.

The two got into an argument and the woman jumped in the car saying “I only live right back here” as she drove away.

The caller said the children had been in the car 20-25 minutes. However, according to video from the security cameras, the woman was in the store eight minutes.

The woman was not found after she left the parking lot.

Insurance fraud

A doctor whose office is on Wachesaw Road reported a former employee filed false insurance claims through her husband’s insurance and forged his name on the claims in order to receive the money.

The report states the incidents took place between May, 2012 and December, 2013. The doctor said he did not know it was happening until he received a letter from Met Life about an overpayment.

After he contacted the insurance company, it was determined the claims being filed were false.

The woman, the report states, had the post office stop delivering mail to the doctor’s office. She would pick the mail up at the post office and cash the checks.

It is unclear how much money the woman received.

The Sheriff’s Department and Met Life are both continuing to investigate.

Delays reporting

A 22-year-old woman said she was attacked while walking home from the store at about 3 a.m. July 27 but she did not report the incident for several hours.

The woman said she walked to the Kangaroo store on Wachesaw Road to get cigarettes and when she was walking home she was jumped by two males who repeatedly hit her in the back and stomach.

She said the assault occurred on Wesley Road. A motive is unknown because nothing was taken from the woman who said she is unsure if she lost consciousness.

After the suspects fled the woman walked home, smoked a few cigarettes and then went to bed.

Around 9 a.m. she woke up and her fiance asked her what was wrong “because she looked out of it,” the report states.

She told him what happened and he took her to the hospital to be checked out.

The woman said she cannot describe her attackers and does not know anyone who would want to hurt her.

Hit and run car stolen

A 2003 Nissan Altima belonging to a woman from the 4300 block of Lotus Court was reported stolen July 28.

The woman said the car was parked in front of her apartment at about 9 p.m. the previous evening.

She said a spare key was kept in the center console of the vehicle and one of the back windows was broken out because she had locked the keys in the car a few weeks prior.

Not long after speaking with the owner, the deputy received word from the South Carolina Highway Patrol that the Nissan had been involved in a hit and run in the same complex where the woman lives.

The car struck a Mitsubishi and the driver fled the scene. The car was found unoccupied on Lotus Court.

There was no key in the car when it was found and it had not been hot wired.

The investigation into the hit and run is continuing.

Gun flasher

A Murrells Inlet man said after his ex-girlfriend got out of jail July 24 and she and her new boyfriend repeatedly passed his Eden Ave. house and called him on the phone making threats.

They called the man profane names and told him his time is coming.

At one point a man got out of the vehicle and flashed a gun at the victim and then got back in the car and they drove away.

No other contact was made.

Information is subject to change as investigations proceed. Individuals arrested and/or charged have not been convicted.

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