Illustration by Steve Stegelin

The Blotter is taken from reports filed with Charleston Police Department between Oct. 31 and Nov. 7.

Blotter of the week: A downtown candy store employee reported Nov. 4 to Charleston police that a man paid for his soft drink with a counterfeit $50. She said he first asked whether he could pay for the $3.26 transaction with a $100 bill, but was told that was against store policy. Only after he left did the employee realize the bill wasn’t authentic, police said. 

Settling for less 
A man reported to Charleston police Nov. 2 that he lost his wallet at a West Ashley Food Lion. The wallet’s AirTag tracker indicated that it ended up at a Circle K store nearby, according to the report. The man’s debit  account showed an authorized charge for $1 … the audacity. 

Accidental criminal
A woman called the Charleston police Nov. 2 to report a fellow customer at a West Ashley car wash stole her floor mat and put it in his Kia Soul before driving off. Police said it’s possible he didn’t mean to steal it, but she insisted he did.

Weird crime
For the last several months, an unidentified man has been stealing blue dock carts from Safe Harbor Marina and spiriting them away in his truck, according to an Oct. 31 Charleston police report. Somehow he keeps evading arrest.

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