2018-09-14 / On Second Thought

Quirky Crimes in the Capital City

West Columbia

Charleston Highway: A man was arrested at 4:30 p.m. Friday after a police officer spotted him on a traffic island holding a sign asking for money. The officer on patrol recognized the man as the same man he had previously given a warning to earlier in the week to cease panhandling at traffic lights. When the officer realized who the man was and turned around, he saw the man fold up his sign, shove it into a backpack, and begin to walk rapidly toward a fast food restaurant. The officer drove into the restaurant parking lot and approached the man. He asked him what he was doing and the man said he was simply “getting some food.” Unfortunately for the man, when he put his sign into his backpack, he left the writing on the outside and the sign read “Homeless Veteran, Please Help.” The officer quizzed the man about the sign and the man said it “belonged to a friend” and told the officer it definitely wasn’t his because he “wasn’t ever in the service.” Since the man had been given a warning previously he was then charged with loitering and panhandling and taken to jail without further incidence. At the jail, during the intake search, a pipe and a baggie of marijuana was also found in the backpack. The man said that the drugs also “belonged to the same friend who used the sign.” Additional charges are pending.

Augusta Road: A man and woman were arrested at 5 a.m. Tuesday after police received a call about a suspicious vehicle parked in a business parking lot. The officers approached the vehicle to find a male driver, a female passenger, and three children strapped in child seats in the back. Everyone appeared to be asleep so one of the officers knocked on the window, rousing the driver. When he rolled down his window, the smell of marijuana emanated from the car and there were two pipes on the console in clear view of the officers full of burnt residue. At this point, the officers instructed the adults to get the kids and stand beside the car while they did a probable cause search. During the search, a bag of marijuana, a bag of methamphetamine or “crystal meth,” a scale, and small plastic baggies like the ones commonly used for weighing and packaging drugs were found throughout the vehicle. At this point, EMS was called to examine the children and DSS was alerted as well. The man and woman were charged with possession with intent to distribute both marijuana and meth as well for possession of drug paraphernalia. The children’s welfare is under investigation.

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