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Police Blotter: Searchers report stolen treasure

  • Wednesday, December 12, 2012

  • Updated Wednesday, December 12, 2012 7:25 am

Two men who are part of a team that searches for offshore shipwrecks met with a deputy Dec. 3 to report a theft.
The men said they — and one other man — are in a partnership and have been involved in a salvage operation off the Georgetown coast.
"Due to confidentiality agreements, the parties could not disclose the exact location of the wreck," the report states.
The pair said they hired four other men  — a captain, diver, engineer and deck hand — to help with the salvage operation which began in September.
The operation was halted recently when it was discovered items that had been recovered are missing.
 The value of the missing items is between $25,000 and $100,000.
The deputy was told the missing items are made of brass, copper and silver and were discovered missing when they returned to shore.
Some of the items may have already been melted down and will never be recovered, the report states.
The investigation into the missing items is continuing.

Facebook name-calling

A Facebook conversation got so heated over the weekend that police were called to defuse the situation.
A 35-year-old Maryville man said he was discussing "right to work" issues on his Facebook page Saturday night when a 48-year-old Wedgefield Plantation man joined in the conversation.
He said the man disagreed with him on the issue and got upset and called his family "losers."
The complainant said he asked the man to refrain from name calling and he responded by using profanity and calling the man a loser once again.
Police advised the man to delete the suspect from his Facebook page, which he agreed to do.
The suspect told police he thought he could freely comment on the man's page and there would be no issue.
He apologized for the profanity and agreed to delete the Maryville man from his Facebook page.

Car damaged during debt collection

A Southern Finance worker escaped without injury when trying to collect a debt Dec. 5 — but his car was not as fortunate.
The collection agent said he went to a home on Martin Street in Maryville and a 28-year-old man came to the door.
He said the man began cursing and threatening him, so he retreated to his vehicle.
The victim said the man followed and ripped the driver's side door handle from his car.
The suspect told police the victim called his wife a vulgar name while asking for the money that was owed.
He denied threatening the man but did say the car door handle did break when he was trying to open the door.
No charges have been filed.

Fake cash at two

The owner of Deborah's Kitchen in Maryville said a worker was given a counterfeit $10 bill by a customer Dec. 2.
The fake cash was given to a waitress as a tip.
The customer left before it was discovered the money was not real.
On Dec. 7, a fake $20 bill was used to pay for an order at KFC on Highmarket Street.
Because the counterfeit was not discovered for several hours, it's unknown if it was passed through the drive-through window or at the inside counter.

Troublesome teen

A Sampit community woman called 911 Dec. 5 after her 13-year-old granddaughter failed to return home from school.
She told deputies she later received a call from someone informing her the teen was at a location in Andrews.
The woman said she has been having a lot of trouble with the girl.
On one occasion recently the woman asked her granddaughter to do some things and the girl tried to get physical with her.
The deputy noted he responded to the same house about two months ago due to a burglary in progress only to discover it was a boy trying to get into the girl's bedroom through her window.
The teen was picked up from Andrews and the deputy told her about the trouble she faces if she does not change her ways.

It was no emergency

A Georgetown Police officer was sent to a home in the 2800 block of Front Street Sunday afternoon and when he arrived he discovered it was not an emergency.
A man in a wheelchair was outside the house and handed the officer his keys and asked him to unlock the door for him.
He then asked the officer to push him into his house.
The officer said he filed a report because the man "is utilizing Central Dispatch" and police "for his own healthcare needs.  This is not the first time (he) has requested a police officer for his healthcare needs," the officer noted.

 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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