The following incidents were taken from the City of Charleston Police Department reports within the Team 5 area – which serves Daniel Island and parts of the Cainhoy peninsula, between Aug. 16 and Aug. 31, 2020.
On Aug. 17, officers made contact with a complainant residing on Gibbon Street on Daniel Island. She advised that she was contacted via telephone by someone claiming to be a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) representative around 3 p.m. that day, and received calls from multiple phone numbers. The individual posing as a DEA agent identified himself as Steve Foster and told the victim that she was wanted for arrest in Texas for drug trafficking and money laundering. Foster claimed that he would help her have the warrant lifted. At his request, she withdrew $7,000 from her checking account.
The victim was then transferred to a person who identified himself as Rick Harrison, who claimed to be a police officer for the City of Charleston. He provided a badge number, which was later confirmed to be nonexistent. Harrison instructed her to purchase an additional $2,000 worth of Target gift cards, and she obtained them at Publix on Seven Farms Road. The victim provided the gift card numbers and information over the phone to the individual posing as a police officer.
Later in the day, at 6:30 p.m., the victim filed a police report. A case number was assigned and an investigation is underway.
Theft from a Motor Vehicle
Team 5 responded to an address on Royal Assembly Drive in reference to an individual entering an unlocked 2020 Acura sport utility vehicle during the overnight hours on Aug. 18. Nest surveillance footage was captured of the individual, who entered the car at 3:44 a.m., and removed $15 in cash from the cup holder in the center console. The individual was identified as a 51-year-old man residing in Awendaw. A warrant has been issued for his arrest. He also was connected with several thefts reported in Mount Pleasant on the same day.
On Aug. 21, an officer spoke with a complainant regarding a breach of agreement. The complainant had a verbal agreement with a third party to allow for parking of heavy equipment on his property. A lease was to be signed. Before a formal agreement was activated, the third party began dumping multiple loads of construction debris and landscaping waste on the property. The lease was never signed and the third party refused to remove the debris. A report has been documented and the matter is to be pursued as a civil issue.
At 5:35 p.m. on Aug. 23, Team 5 responded to the pier at the end of 100 River Landing Drive in reference to a plastic bag found washed ashore near Children’s Park. The bag held contents that were the size of a bowling ball and appeared to be cremated remains.
A tag affixed to the bag identified Dunbar Crematory in Columbia, South Carolina.
The owner of Dunbar Crematory confirmed that the bag contained human remains and he was then able to provide the name of the deceased individual. The contents were transported to Trident Medical Center and turned over to the deputy coroner at the Berkeley County Coroner’s Office for follow-up.
During the latter half of the month, Aug. 16-31, 14 collisions were reported on Daniel Island and the Cainhoy peninsula.