Illustration by Steve Stegelin

The Blotter is taken from reports filed with area police department between Dec. 17, 2022 and Dec. 30, 2022.

Blotter of the week: A mother reported to North Charleston police Dec. 19 that her 12-year-old daughter tried to light her furniture on fire with a lighter and hand sanitizer. When police arrived at her North Charleston home, the daughter refused to talk to the officers and was reportedly throwing random objects into the hallway. Sounds like quite the meltdown.

Candid camera?
A man was found Dec. 17 sleeping with a pillow and a blanket on a checkout counter at a Rivers Avenue Walmart, according to a North Charleston police report. The reporting officer noticed a small bulge at the man’s shirt collar. He reportedly told the officer that he was wearing a microphone and revealed one taped to his chest. Turns out he was filming a series of pranks in Walmart for his YouTube channel. He was issued a citation for disturbing the peace and released at the scene. 

Parched criminal 
Charleston police officers arrested a man Dec. 19 who reportedly stole a Coca Cola from Oaks Service Station on King Street. He was arrested and booked for shoplifting and awaits a court date. He must have been really thirsty.

Heavy duty thievery
A man’s $2,500 bicycle was stolen Dec. 18 from outside his Mount Pleasant apartment building, according to a Mount Pleasant police report. The thief reportedly cut a hole with a power tool in a wood fence to which the bike was chained. Now that’s dedication.

Checked out
A drunken man was sleeping Dec. 22 in the lobby at the Embassy Suites on Meeting Street, according to a Charleston police report. He reportedly told police he had been out drinking all night and had a room at the hotel. The front desk clerk said he didn’t have a room and the hotel was full. When officers told him he couldn’t stay at the hotel that night, he got very agitated and said, “I can go where the f*ck I want,” and tried to re-entry the hotel. Officers arrested him for public intoxication and booked him at the detention center. Probably not the lodgings he was hoping for. 

Stab and run
One man stabbed another man in the neck Dec. 28 during an argument at the Hideout Bar & Grill on James Island, according to a report from the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office. The man who reportedly stabbed the other man left before deputies arrived, and the wounded man was treated at MUSC. 

11 dogs abandoned 
Charleston County Sheriff’s Office deputies are looking to identify the person who abandoned 11 dogs Dec. 22 at the gate to the Hallie Hill Animal Sanctuary in Ravenel, according to a report from the sheriff’s office. The dogs were reportedly unharmed and transported to the Charleston Animal Society. 

Rabble-rousers
Mount Pleasant police responded Dec. 12 to a report of three underaged youths running in the street at Bowman and Rifle Range roads and throwing things at cars, according to a police report. When officers talked to the suspected culprits, they all claimed their parents were at a party and couldn’t be reached. The officers insisted the kids give them a parent’s number, but another kid answered the line pretending to be a parent. The kids reportedly proceeded to “destroy” the back of the police car when transported to the station. They were all charged with providing false information and disorderly conduct. 


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