2010-06-18 / News

Quirky Crimes in the CAPITAL CITY

West Columbia

tNorth Brown Street, 500 block: Police were called to an apartment building at noon Tuesday after several residents complained that a woman was banging on their doors. The apartment manager told the officers the woman had been evicted from the complex and had been told to stay off the property. The woman seemed to have a problem understanding she didn’t live there anymore, but after several times of having that explained to her, she left without incident.

tAugusta Road, 2000 block: A woman called police at 3 a.m. Monday after she discovered a $200 video machine in the trunk of her boyfriend’s car. The 33–year–old woman told officers that when she looked at the receipt, her credit card had been used to purchase the machine. She said her live–in boyfriend must have gone into her wallet and taken the card without her knowledge, and she was not aware of the theft until she looked in the man’s trunk.

tHolland Street, 1000 block: A man called police at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday to report his drugs had been stolen. The 33–year–old man told officers he had over $100 worth of amphetamine pills and had put them on a table by the door of his unlocked apartment. He said he had no idea who could have stolen the drugs or why.

tMcSwain Drive, 100 block: A woman called police at 5 a.m. Tuesday to report her dog had been stolen. The woman told officers that when she went to bed her Yorkshire terrier was in her room, and it was gone when the woman woke up. She said she suspected her neighbor of stealing the dog, but when they questioned the neighbor, he said he did find the dog wandering around, but when he knocked on the woman’s motel room door she didn’t wake up. The neighbor said he put the dog back where he found it, but the woman still said she thought the man had the dog. She said the dog was last seen wearing a pink shirt with the words “Diva Dog” printed on it.

Forest Acres

tCovenant Road, 3000 block: Police were called to a business at 3 p.m. Monday after a landscaping worker reported an indecent exposure. The worker said he was working in the yard, which is near a school, when he saw a white man between 40 and 50 staring at the children in the schoolyard. The worker said as he watched, the man exposed his genitals and began to touch himself while staring at the children. He was gone when police arrived.

tPercival Road, 300 block: A woman called police at 3 a.m. Sunday after she said someone had vandalize4d her car. The 23–year–old woman told officers that she heard a noise and saw the father of one of her children around her vehicle. When he walked off, she said she went out to check the car and all four tires were flat and the letters I–B had been scratched in the paint. The woman said she thought the baby’s father might be angry because he had been served a warrant for outstanding child support.

tBethel Church Road, 4000 block: Police were called to a home at 4 p.m. Sunday after a woman said her husband had assaulted her. The 19–year–old woman said that she and her 18–year–old husband got into an argument, and he wanted to leave but couldn’t find his cell phone. While he was looking she said the argument continued until she said he tossed her off the mattress and pinned her to the floor, injuring her ribs. She said the man kicked a hole in the hall door and damaged a wall as he punched her in the face with his fist. She said after the beating, he took her cell phone and car keys and stormed out. Officers documented the incident and photographed the damage to the apartment and the woman’s bruises and cuts.

Richland County Sheriff

tSunnydale Drive, 200 block: Police were approached by an irate woman at 7 a.m. Wednesday after receiving reports of a car abandoned in a roadway. When officers showed up a woman came out and said she knew the owner of the car but couldn’t or wouldn’t move the vehicle. The woman gave the deputies the number to contact the owner as the license plate of the car had been removed. Deputies had to run a VIN number on the car to find the owner who said the car broke down, and she didn’t have “time” to move it out of the roadway, but she did have time to take the plates because she didn’t want anyone else to have them. She became verbally abusive to the deputy and refused to come and get the car so it was towed.

tBeltline Blvd. at Bailey Street: Police were led on a foot chase at 4 p.m. Monday after deputies noticed a man turning without signaling, almost causing an accident. As they followed the car, they realized the driver wasn’t wearing a seatbelt, the tires were bald, and the windshield was cracked. When they tried to pull the man over, he waited for them to approach the car and then fled out of the passenger door. As he shoved past one of the deputies, the deputy tried to use a taser on him but missed. The man stumbled and was almost caught but then got up and led the deputies on a chase through an apartment complex. He ran through an open field and in clear view of the pursuing officers he tossed a bag of cocaine on the ground. When they caught him a few minutes later, he denied any knowledge of the drug but there was residue in his pants pockets that matched the coke in the bag. The 31–year–old was charged with drug violations as well as resisting arrest.

tColleton Street, 900 block: a man was arrested after deputies saw him smoking dope on an apartment patio. They approached the man who took off running. Ass he was fleeing from the police, he tossed out a cigarette box full of marijuana. He refused to stop until one of the deputies tackled him. He was charged with littering, loitering, drug violations, and when they ran him through the computer, he had several probation violations.

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