Illustration by Steve Stegelin

This Blotter is taken from reports filed with the Charleston Police Department between April 17 and May 4, 2022.

Blotter of the Week: Police approached a downtown man who they observed with an opened bottle of Sauvignon Blanc. When the man saw them approaching, he tipped the bottle up and chugged every drop of wine before officers could make it to him. Reminds us of our college roommate Jimmy, a true legend. 

The Usual Suspects
Managers at a West Ashley store described a suspected shoplifter as having colored hair, sunglasses, a graphic T-shirt and ripped jeans. Before anyone asks: No, the store was not a Hot Topic. 

Master baiters
Police got a ping earlier this month after a tracking device was planted in a bait vehicle. Police planted the bug after receiving multiple reports of car break-ins in the area, and were able to apprehend the suspect, finding the tracking device in the thief’s jacket pocket. 

Speed trap — Lowcountry style
A West Ashley man attempted to flee on foot from police during a routine traffic stop after officers found clear plastic baggies of illegal narcotics. “Attempted” is the operative word, though, as he stepped off the road and immediately sank into the marsh, letting police easily apprehend him. 


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