Illustration by Steve Stegelin

The Blotter is taken from reports filed with Charleston Police Department between June 1 and June 15.

Blotter of the week: A Charleston police officer June 13 observed a woman at a downtown bus stop holding an open 42-ounce Steel Reserve beer in her lap. She tucked the bottle in her purse, told the approaching officer it was closed and asked if she could just take the beer on the bus. Answer: No. This is one scenario where a purse full of beer is not a good thing. 

A good time spoiled

A West Ashley man told police June 13 that his BMW XR had been stolen from his driveway after he left the keys in the console the night before. Items stolen included $500 of tools, $400 of sailing equipment and $1,500 of cigars. That kind of loss can put a serious dent in leisure activities. 

It’s the thought that counts

Officers responded June 12 to a call from the West Ashley Dollar Tree reporting a shoplifter who allegedly concealed stolen items in gift bags before walking out with a cart full of stolen goods. The caller said the thief fled the parking lot in an old-model blue Ford Mustang. Late for an awards show he was hosting?

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