2017-06-16 / On Second Thought

Quirky Crimes in the Capital City

Forest Acres

Satchelford Road: Police were called to a home at 7 a. m. Monday after a resident discovered his two vehicles had been rummaged through and an iPod was missing. The man told officers when he went to get into one of the vehicles, he noticed someone had gone through it, tossing things out of his glove box and console onto the floor. He then checked his other vehicle and it, too, had been plundered. He said the iPod was all he could be certain was missing, but after the officers took the report, they told him to contact them if he found anything else gone.

Forest Drive: A 23-year-old woman was arrested at 11: 30 p. m. Sunday after she was found to be driving under suspension. An officer on patrol spotted her driving with an expired tag and initiated a traffic stop. He asked her for her license, proof of insurance, and registration, but all she could produce was the outdated registration. She told the officer her license was at her “aunt’s house,” and her father “handled” the car insurance, and all the paperwork was at her house. Finding her explanations a little sketchy, the officer then ran her name through the computer. It was then he discovered her license had been suspended due to failure to pay previous traffic tickets. She was cited for driving under suspension, an expired tag, and for operating an uninsured vehicle, as it turned out she was driving without coverage.

Richland County

Bethel Church Road: A woman called police at 10 a.m. Sunday after she went to her car and discovered it had been vandalized. The 26- year-old woman met the responding officers and showed them where someone had smeared a dark green paste- like substance all over the driver’s side door near the side-view mirror and all over the cover to her gas tank. After closer inspection, it was determined the substance appeared to be chewed bubble gum. The woman said she had no idea who would do this or why and she said she never heard anyone around her car during the night. A report and photos of the damage were taken, and the car was processed for fingerprints.

West Columbia

Sunset Blvd.: Police were called to a church at 2: 30 p. m. Wednesday after a minister reported a woman possibly using drugs in the parking lot. When officers arrived on the scene, they found a female passed out in a vehicle with its motor running. The officers woke the woman after several attempts and noticed she was trying to hide something under the car’s seat. They asked her what she was hiding, and she produced a glass pipe that was the type commonly used to smoke crack cocaine. It had smoke stains and a piece of scouring pad in it, which are all conducive to using the drug. They asked her what she was doing, and she told them she had gone to the church for lunch. She said she had been “visiting people” in the South Congaree area previously. One of the officers recognized her as a woman he had detained earlier that day, and he asked her what she had been doing since their last encounter, and she told him a different version of her day, saying she had been at the church the whole time. The pastor told the officers the woman had indeed been to the church for the luncheon, but she had left about 45- minutes after she arrived. He said he hadn’t noticed her in the parking lot, but some of the children on the church’s playground told him a woman was “sleeping” in her car, and one child said she was “doing drugs” while sitting in her car. As they talked to the woman, she appeared to be under the influence of something, but they couldn’t smell any alcohol on her at the time. She was both extremely drowsy, yet unusually jittery. She was sweating, although it wasn’t exceptionally hot outside, and when they asked her about her condition, she admitted she had taken a “xanax” earlier that day. With the pipe as evidence as well as her condition, the woman was charged with loitering, using narcotics, and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was taken to a temporary holding cell and then to the county jail after she was processed. Her car was towed.

Gervais Street Bridge: A man was arrested at 2 p.m. Friday after people on the Riverwalk reported him to a patrol officer in the area for using foul language within the hearing of their children. When the visitors to the River Walk told the officer about the man and took him to the area of the amphitheater, the officer could hear the man shouting vulgar and obscene “suggestions” to the people along the walk and in the park area. The officer called for backup as he had to walk back to his patrol car before being able to approach the man, and there was the concern the man might possibly hurt himself or he was armed. When backup arrived and approached the man, he became very confrontational and then began to back away from the advancing officer. He was then detained and charged with public disorderly conduct for the language he used and since he could be heard by more than ten people and some of them were children.

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