Blotter of the week: Charleston police responded to a house in West Ashley Oct. 3 after a woman reported her $200 black and tan ceramic Rottweiler statue was missing. She called the police immediately when she got home from church the day before and saw it was gone, but she had dialed the wrong number. She showed the police a picture of the dog statue she had in her phone. Police asked her to email the picture, but never received it. But maybe there’s still a chance.  

Gone phishing 
A woman reported to Charleston police that she was scammed out of $17,000. It all started Oct. 4 when she received a text authorization for a Macbook purchase at Amazon, which she did not make. She called the phone number in the text. A man identifying himself as head of Amazon Security told her that her Amazon account had been hacked by 109 times and in order to get them off her account, she would need to pay him with various gift cards — which she did … then she found out that he didn’t work at Amazon. Police issued her a case number. 

Guess who’s back
Charleston police responded Oct. 10 to a report that a white male in a black Kia Soul was driving around downtown screaming obscenities with a megaphone. He was flying two flags: One said “F*ck Biden” and the other was a Pride flag. Police confirmed it was the same guy from numerous previous complaints. Police weren’t able to locate the vehicle (again). 

Downtime gone awry
Charleston police responded to a West Ashley apartment complex after a man reported his $700 electric skateboard was stolen while he was grilling at the pool. He reportedly left  the skateboard under his car, which was parked in front of his apartment. He said he saw two people in an idled car next to his, but he said he walked away to check the grill real quickly. When he came back, the car was gone – and so was his skateboard. 

Sweeping up?
Charleston police responded Oct. 4 at 1:15 p.m. to a report that a man was shouting and hitting things with a broom outside of a downtown apartment complex. Police asked him what was going on, and he spoke loudly to himself with slurred speech. Police asked him about the open containers near him, and he said he had been drinking since 5:30 a.m. He had a bottle of Gilbey’s vodka and a bottle of Wild Irish Rose grape wine, which police made him pour out before issuing him an open container. 


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