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It’s raining money on the Ravenel Bridge

  • Friday, September 20, 2013

A 30-year-old woman was caught shoplifting in a local store and the police were called by loss prevention officers, according to a report.

The report said the woman purchased $200 worth of merchandise, but also made it through the checkout line without paying for several items to include a pacifier, hair coloring, a box of candy, a pacifier clip and a pair of sunglasses.

Surveillance video shows the suspect placing herself between the cashier and the stolen items in order to hide them. The stolen items amounted to $35.

The suspect told police she had forgotten about the items and said she did not mean to steal them. However, she was charged with shoplifting and taken to the lock-up.

Pushy

The pool in a posh neighborhood was closed for the summer, but one resident wanted to use it anyway. However, a pool attendant on hand to remind residents it was closed told the woman she could not enter. This resident didn’t like being told what to do, according to a police report, and pushed the pool attendant.

The pool attendant told the responding officer what happened but said she did not want to press charges. She said she was directed by her employer to file a police report, should there be another problem with this particular resident.

Off to jail

A group of folks came to town to celebrate a birthday recently but things got out of control. The wife hosted the party at a local bar and arranged to have a designated driver take her and her husband, the birthday boy, home.

But her husband had too much to drink, she said, and as they were leaving he got into an argument with her. She walked toward the designated driver’s car but the husband would not let her get into the vehicle and he pushed her down, she told police.

She was cut up on her hands and knees, and witnesses who saw the events take place agreed with her statement.

The report said her son jumped in to defend his mother and struck his step-dad in the head.

Police questioned the husband who denied pushing his wife down. But he was arrested on his birthday for Criminal Domestic Violence and taken to jail.

I don’t smoke

Police pulled a driver over for going 61 mph in a 45 mph zone. He was issued a ticket for speeding and once that was out of the way, the officer told the driver he smelled marijuana. The driver was asked to step out of his car and explain himself. He insisted to the officer that he did not smoke weed and did not have anything in his car of the sort. The officer politely explained to the driver that he was not stupid and that he knows what marijuana smells like. He added that it was in the best interested of the drier to be truthful and tell the officer where the pot was.

The driver then went back to his car and removed a bag out of the backseat,He handed the officer a makeshift pipe and sad he “used” to smoke pot out of it. He insisted that was all he had in the car.

And again they went in circles. The officer told him he believed there was more in the car. And again the driver reached in the car and handed over a bag. This time it was a bag of marijuana. He was then issued tickets for simple possession and possession of paraphernalia.

I did not do anything

Officers responded to a local bar to get a disorderly man under control. When they approached he walked away, shouting that he had not done anything wrong. He kept walking and then abruptly laid on the ground, face up. He was told numerous times to sit up before he finally stood on his feet. The officers calmed the man down so they could interview him. His speech was slurred and he was unable to maintain his balance, according to the report.

He also did not know how he got to the bar or where his girlfriend had gone. During part of the interview the suspect would yell profanity toward the officers and to people in the parking lot. He was eventually arrested for pubic intoxication.

Raining money

Police were called to collect items off of the Ravenel bridge recently because they were causing a hazard issue. The items happen to be a wallet and money.

The money was blowing all over the roadway.

Police secured the wallet but didn’t see any money. The owner of the wallet was contacted and claimed the wallet sans the bills. The officer asked him how he managed to lose his wallet on the bridge and he replied that he left it on the roof of his car and it fell off. He said another driver motioned to him while driving that it had fallen off, which is how he knew to call the police department and report the incident. Thankfully the wallet had already been retrieved.

He then said, in regard to his money, “money is money. I am just glad to have my identification documents back.”

The Police Blotter is intended to be an informative and/or humorous column written from police reports obtained from the Mount Pleasant Police Department. Many of the stories come from the initial incident reports and, occasionally, supplemental reports. Generally, cases have not been adjudicated at the time of publication. See more columns at www.moultrienews.com.

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