May 17, 2017
From Police Reports
The following were taken from actual incident reports filed last week by the City of Charleston Police Department. These are not convictions and the names of businesses, complainants, and suspects have been left out to protect the innocent. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty … of course.
May 9 | IMPERSONATION
A local Social Security office told an Emerald Forest Parkway woman that someone had disguised themselves as her and made changes to the destination of her monthly check. The woman had become suspicious when she noticed she was missing nearly $4,000 from her personal bank account over the past three months.
May 9 | CRIMINAL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
Police responded to a verbal dispute between a man and a woman near a Juniper Street address where kids catch the school bus in the morning. Witnesses said the man attempted to force the woman into a car and try to hit her. Another witness said she let the woman into her own car so the woman could get away from the man. When police arrived, the woman had a swollen left eye that looked as if she’d been hit. She told police earlier at a nearby house, she had fended off the man’s sexual advances by biting his arm and trying to hit him with a candlestick. The man confirmed he was attempting to get intimate with the woman, and that she did hit him with the candlestick, potentially evidenced by a laceration on the top of his head. The two do not live together but have a child together.
May 9 | BURGLARY, B&E
A Locksley Drive couple told police that when they left the house that morning for roughly a half-hour, someone broke into the home, stole their car keys, an amount of cash, and some jewelry, and then made off with their pickup that was parked outside by a tree.
May 10 | CREDIT CARD, ATM FRAUD
A Hollywood Drive woman told police that a package filled with more than $1,000 of cosmetics had arrived at her home that she had not ordered. Contacting the company that sent the bulk makeup, the woman found out that someone had used her identity to order the package. Soon another company representative contacted her, congratulating the woman for joining with the cosmetics company. It was soon discovered there had been several other fraudulent orders made under the woman’s identity.
May 10 | INTIMIDATION
A Lazarette Lane man told police that he and his wife had been receiving threatening phone and text messages about the $15,000 they owed to an out-of-state company who had provided them with equipment. The man said they had received messages from another man who said he’d been sent to recover the money, which would occur “one way or another.” Police observed the threatening text messages, which included one that stated, “Some people get wiped off the face of the earth for money less than that.”
May 10 | ASSISTING OTHER AGENCIES
While arresting a man for an out-of-county warrant, police observed the man in the back of the police car begin convulsing and speaking gibberish. Police had found the man asleep behind the wheel of a truck parked at an Ashley Hall Road apartment complex.
May 10 | IMPERSONATION
A Dogwood Drive man told police someone had stolen his identity and opened at least four different accounts in his name, three with cellular providers and one with a store selling women’s undergarments. The man called police after he began receiving calls from debt collectors. The man said the total taken out in his name was over $4,300.