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POLICE BLOTTER: Man reports falling for “Gypsy” scam

  • Wednesday, May 29, 2013

  • Updated Monday, September 23, 2013 11:12 am

A deputy responded to Island Floors and Rugs in Pawleys Island May 22 where a man said he was scammed out of $450.
The deputy noted the incident was “similar to that of the Southeastern Gypsies, commonly referred to as ‘the travelers’” who go door to door promising roofing and driveway jobs.
On May 7, the suspect who appeared to be a reputable businessman and claimed to be a Better Business Bureau member convinced the victim to allow him to seal and repaint the parking lot.
The suspect said he needed $450 upfront to do the job and the victim agreed.
The alleged paver  cashed the check then removed his equipment from the business and never returned.
The complainant said he tried many times to call the suspect who usually did not answer. On the rare occasion he did answer the phone he made promises that he was on the way to do the job.
It was discovered the  was fraudulently saying he was a BBB member, the report states.
The deputy also contacted the suspect by phone who lied about his location.
The man has been arrested and has even served prison time for previous fraud cases.
The case remains active.

Robbed instead of
going to the mall

An 18-year-old man said he and another man were robbed at gunpoint May 19.
He said the suspect was driving the car they were all in and they were supposed to be going to the mall. Instead, the suspect — also an 18-year-old man — drove to Jerusalem Road near Pine Bluff Cemetery and pulled out a handgun.
The complainant said the gunman  hit him in the mouth with a closed fist a couple of times then hit him with the gun.
He also said the man pointed the gun at his head.
The man said the suspect then threw him out of the car and drove away with the other victim. He said he was robbed of $60.
It was three days after the robbery that it was reported because the man said he was scared of repercussions.

Knife at AHS

A 15-year-old Andrews High student was charged and faces expulsion for having a knife on campus May 22.
The school’s resource officer was notified by another student who had seen the suspect with the pocket knife.
The informing student said he had heard the suspect was carrying the knife for protection because he had been involved with confrontations with several students recently.
The suspect was taken to the principal’s office and was patted down. The knife, which he said belonged to his cousin, was found in his pocket.

Mom threatens to kill son

A 51-year-old woman from Wagon Wheel Loop in Murrells Inlet was arrested May 21 after allegedly threatening to kill her 28-year-old son.
The man said he was sitting on a recliner when his mother picked up a small coffee table and held it over his head while making the threat.
He said she also took a plate from a kitchen cabinet and threw it at him, striking him on the shin.
The man called 911 and walked outside to wait for the deputy and his mother then locked the door.
The man said he does not have a key to the house. He said he uses a spatula to open the door when its locked.
The woman was found on her bed and after repeated orders by the deputy to get up, she walked to the recliner and sat down.
She claimed she had been asleep for two hours.
When the deputy got the woman to the jail, he noticed she appeared to be asleep in the back of his car. She then started complaining of chest pains and began breathing heavily. She said she needed her medication.
An ambulance was called and the woman was transported to the emergency room where she defied orders to lay on the bed. She was then handcuffed to the bed. During the struggle, the woman cut her arm which was treated. She was then cleared to return to jail.

Woman attacks son

A 57-year-old woman from Key Largo Ave. in Murrells Inlet was arrested May 21 charged with simple assault.
Her 24-year-old son said she walked into his bedroom and scratched his face. She said he was playing a video game when his mom walked in and said he never did anything around the house and he needed to leave her home.
The officer did report seeing blood on the man’s face.
The woman admitted she got upset and pushed her son and he must have received the scratch in the process. She also said he pushed her first and she was defending herself.
She was asked why she did not call 911 and she said she did not want to get her son in trouble.

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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