2018-02-09 / On Second Thought

Quirky Crimes in the Capital City

West Columbia

12th Street: A bank teller called police at 2 p.m. Monday after he said there was a woman in the bank trying to cash what the teller thought was a suspicious and/or possibly stolen check. The owner of the checking account was a regular customer, and the teller said the signatures didn’t match. When the responding officer arrived at the bank, the woman trying to cash the check was still there. She explained to the officer the man who the account belonged to had indeed given her that check for some “housekeeping” she had done for him a week ago. The officer then asked her why it took her a week to cash the check, and she said the man had asked her to hold it. While all this was going on, the teller was calling the man who owned the account to verify the check. The man told the teller not only did he not write her a check but she had recently been in his home and he had noticed several missing checks from his ledger. The teller told the officer, and the woman was then charged with forgery and arrested. As they were arresting her, the officer asked if she had anything illegal on her person, and she stated she didn’t know because the pants she was wearing weren’t hers. When she was searched, a cut off straw with white powder residue was found in a pants pocket. Since the straw is the type typically used for snorting cocaine or speed and had the residue on it, the woman was additionally charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

Charleston Highway: A man was arrested at 11 a.m. Friday after he blatantly went into a discount store and ate unpaid for food in front of the clerk. The clerk called the police and told them the accused man walked into the store, greeted him, and then went to the cooler for a drink and got a beef stick off the rack. Without trying to hide his actions, the clerk said the man leisurely ate the beef stick and drank his drink while walking around the store. When he was finished, the man placed the wrappers and empty drink container on the counter, thanked the clerk and left. He remained outside the store until police showed up. At that point, he was charged with shoplifting and taken to jail. The clerk also wanted him trespassed from the store.

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