Illustration by Steve Stegelin

This Blotter is taken from reports filed with the Charleston Police Department between Feb. 1 and March. 3, 2021.

Blotter of the week: A downtown store reported a display of fake candles had been stolen. No word on whether their fake lighter display was pilfered as well. 

To be fair, he did leave the car

A downtown woman scheduled a Facebook Marketplace meetup to buy a used Audi. She handed over a stack of bills, but when she went inside to grab a pen to transfer the title, the shady salesperson fled the scene with the car keys and papers. 

Better there than where the sun doesn’t shine

A downtown man with active warrants attempted to hide a small baggie of cocaine between the car seats while getting a free ride in the back of an officers’ patrol vehicle. Police found the drugs within seconds of his exiting the vehicle.

Ghost in the machine? 

A West Ashley woman called police after seeing her car’s dome light turned on — she swore she hadn’t left it on herself. Upon a police investigation, all the car doors were still locked, nothing had been taken and all of the car’s mechanical and electric systems worked properly. She was adamant about filing a report anyway.

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