Illustration by Steve Stegelin
Illustration by Steve Stegelin

Blotter of the week: Charleston police responded Oct. 18 to a woman’s James Island home after she reported an online scam. She said she received a call from a male claiming to be a Geek Squad representative who said her subscription was up for renewal and that she needed to send $499 via Zelle. After she sent the money, he told her to buy an Xbox on Amazon, and she became suspicious and hung up. She didn’t get her money back, and he didn’t get the Xbox.

A different kind of bicycle theft
Charleston police responded downtown Oct. 23 after an outdoor vendor reported a man rode by on his bike and snatched the tip jar with about $100 in it from the booth. The tip jar had a Booze Pop sticker on the front and on the back it read “just the tip.” No word on whether the culprit was caught. 

Forgetful crook
Charleston police responded to a theft report from a CVS on James Island Oct. 18. The cashier reported a man asked for four quarters in exchange for a dollar. When the cashier opened the register, the man snatched $140 worth of $20 bills and ran off … without the quarters. 

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