Illustration by Steve Stegelin

The Blotter is taken from reports filed Dec. 5 to Dec. 14 with area police departments.

Blotter of the week: Someone reported to police that they saw a topless woman Dec. 8 in the parking lot at Wholesale Liquors in West Ashley, according to a Charleston police report. When an officer approached her, she reportedly was covered in a blanket and he asked her to put a shirt on. The woman said she didn’t have a shirt on because she was hot and she didn’t have any clothes. Multiple witnesses confirmed they saw the woman in “varying degrees of undress.” She was arrested for indecent exposure. 

Accidental death
North Charleston police officers responded Dec. 13 to a traffic incident in a parking lot on Rivers Avenue. They found a man dead in his vehicle with a gunshot wound to the groin, according to a press release. A witness reportedly saw the man do a partial U-turn before driving into a parking lot and crashing into an empty car. Police found a gun and shell casing in the car. Police reported the man apparently shot himself accidentally before he died. 

Incredible Hulk
The manager of the Mills House hotel downtown called the Charleston police Dec. 13 to report an unknown man was stealing the hotel’s granite cafe tables and loading them into a Uhaul, according to a police report. So far, the thief hasn’t been caught. He must be really strong, though. 

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