Police Blotter - November 28, 2019
The following incidents were taken from the City of Charleston Police Department reports within the Team 5 area (Daniel Island and parts of the Cainhoy peninsula) between Oct. 14 - 29, 2019.
On Oct. 14 at 4:30 p.m., Team 5 responded to a complaint from Publix at 162 Seven Farms Drive. A woman was attempting to steal merchandise by putting it in green, reusable Publix bags. She was asked to leave by a store employee but continued to loiter at the front of the store, placing more items in her bags. She was observed on cameras and was seen attempting to leave the store with unpaid items, including wine, food, household goods, a dog toy, and sunglasses, totaling $206.44. The offender was arrested and charged with shoplifting.
HIT AND RUN COLLISIONS
• A hit and run collision southbound on Clements Ferry Road near Marina Drive occurred on Oct. 17 at 2:20 p.m. The victim was driving a 2014 Toyota and, due to heavy traffic on I-526, was stopped behind a black Jeep. The suspect backed up in an attempt to avoid traffic and collided with the victim’s passenger side front bumper. The suspect got out of his car to check the damage of his own car, then proceeded to leave the scene with a three-point turn and drove northbound. The damage to the Toyota is estimated at $3,000.
• Another hit and run accident near the Clements Ferry Road ramp was reported on Oct. 27 at 9:45 a.m. The victim was rear ended by a Gold Chevrolet Avalanche. Both parties pulled over onto Hopewell Lane. The offender offered to pay the victim $500 for damages if she didn’t call the police. The victim refused the request and the suspect then fled the scene. Damages are estimated at $5,000. With a license plate match, the suspect has been identified and the case is under investigation.
IDENTITY THEFT FOR MOBILE ACCOUNTS
There were several reports of identity theft on Daniel Island last month.
• The first was filed on Oct. 21. The victim was notified that his credit score had dropped. When he contacted Experian, he was advised that he had an unpaid T-Mobile account debt. An account had been illegally opened in his name in Greenville, NC, with two iPhone XR devices purchased, along with two SIM starter kits. The charges are currently being disputed with T-Mobile.
• Another Daniel Island resident was a victim of a falsified T-Mobile account and notified police on Oct. 28. She received a notice from a collection agency for an unpaid account totaling $1,872.82. The account was opened online, establishing five phone lines with the purchase of three phones and two watches. T-Mobile closed the account and the victim is disputing the outstanding charges.
• On Oct. 29, a complaint was filed at the Charleston Police Department for a Verizon account opened by an unknown suspect. While checking his Equifax credit report, the victim discovered the account was opened using his name and social security number. A case number was assigned.
Team 5 was called to Ace Hardware on 1008 Clements Crest Lane after a bizarre incident with a customer (black male, about 40 years old). On Oct. 22 at 5:07 p.m., the customer approached an employee at the front register and purchased sand paper, a sand sponge, and food items. The customer paid cash and when asked if he would like a receipt, he said yes and also asked for a pen. The customer asked the cashier if he remembered the AME church shooting and then wrote the following on the back of the receipt: “Church shooting - Ezekiel chapter 9 - Stop at the word – Sanctuary.”
The customer then left in a vehicle. The receipt was tagged into evidence. No charges were filed.