Crime Reports | The Press and Standard
by The Press and Standard | May 17, 2017 5:00 pm
Last Updated: May 17, 2017 at 12:40 pm
Pet sale goes wrong
A resident of Yemassee called the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office the afternoon of May 10 to report that a Florida couple had walked off with her pet monkey and $2,500 in cash.
The woman explained she had placed an ad seeking to sell the pet monkey and a couple, who claimed to be from Winter Park, Fla., answered the ad.
The couple came to the woman’s home and they negotiated a sale of the monkey for $3,000.
The couple provided an envelope containing $2,500 in cash and promised to send her the remaining $500 the next day.
The envelope containing the cash was placed on the table and the woman when to obtain the monkey’s paperwork.
The couple left with the monkey. After they had departed, the woman noticed the envelope was no longer on the table.
Man watches his car disappear
A resident of Bird Dog Lane in Cottageville called the sheriff’s office the morning of May 10 to report that his car had just been stolen.
The man told police his dogs started barking May 10 shortly before 5 a.m. He looked out the window but could not see anyone outside.
He then stepped outside and saw someone in the driver’s seat of his burgundy 2001 Toyota Camry. The man started the car and began driving down the driveway.
The man ran down the driveway but could not catch the fleeing suspect, who pulled onto Bird Dog Lane and began driving off towards Jacksonboro Road.
He said he saw another car on Bird Dog Lane and watched as the second driver turned off his headlights and began following the stolen vehicle.
Walterboro man arrested
A resident of Academy Road called the dispatch center May 9 at 5:26 a.m. to report an intruder at his home.
The deputy arriving at the home found both the intruder and homeowner on the porch.
The homeowner said there was a knock on his door and when he opened the door, the intruder pushed his way in and began walking around the living room before sitting on the couch.
The victim said the man reportedly had said that he was looking for someone “who was coming after him.”
The suspect reportedly told the deputy he stuffed a handgun in the living room couch.
The officer retrieved it and a computer check reported that the firearm had been reported stolen from Summerville.
The incident resulted in the arrest of Jeffery L.W. Collins, 32, of 469 Chestnut Road on charges of first-degree burglary and unlawful carrying of a handgun.
Ruffin residence robbed
The sheriff’s office was called to a home on Lowcountry Highway in Ruffin May 9 at approximately 4 p.m. after the resident discovered her front door forced open.
Once inside, the culprits took handguns, shotguns and rifles worth approximately $7,700, a $2,950 diamond ring, a $500 laptop and $299 video game.
Man shot in foot
A deputy was called to the Colleton Medical Center’s Emergency Department May 9 at 1 p.m. where a man was being treated for a gunshot wound to the right foot.
The victim told the deputy he was walking in the 3000 block of Sidneys Road when a dark car approached him. Someone in the vehicle then shot him in the foot.
The man could not provide any further description of the vehicle and did not know who was in the vehicle.
Funny money, serious charges
Walterboro police were called to the McDonald’s at 727 N. Jefferies Blvd. May 13 at 4 p.m. after customers at the drive-in window had unsuccessfully attempted to pass a counterfeit $100 bill.
An employee told police the suspects were in a white Dodge Dart with Georgia license plates.
Officers didn’t have to look far to locate the suspects’ vehicle — it was at the drive-in window of the Wendy’s restaurant on the other side of Jefferies Boulevard.
As the officer began pulling into the business, the suspect’s car began to leave. The officer parked his cruiser across the exit to block them in.
As the officer approached the vehicle to interview the occupants, his nose reportedly caught a whiff of marijuana.
More officers began to arrive and assisted in getting the three men out of the vehicle.
In a canine open air search of the vehicle, the dog allegedly gave indications that he was interested in what might be in the rear passenger seat area.
The occupant of that seat reportedly told the officer he would find marijuana on the floorboard.
The marijuana was there on the floor. As the search continued officers reportedly found a .32 caliber handgun in the glove compartment and a 9 mm handgun on the floor in the rear seating area.
When the rear-seat passenger was searched, police allegedly found a blue metal breath mint container in his pocket. In the container, they allegedly found crack cocaine.
The back seat passenger, Daquan Washington, 18, of Ritter was taken into custody on charges of unlawful possession of a handgun, possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine and simple possession of marijuana.
The front-seat passenger was searched and officers reportedly found a South Carolina identification and credit card that did not belong to him.
Based on that discovery, Wayne J. Hundley, 17, of Walterboro was arrested on a charge of forgery.
The driver, a 20-year-old man from Fort Stewart, Ga., who told officers he didn’t know how the handgun got in the glove compartment, adding that Hundley had given him the $100 bill they had used at McDonald’s and the confiscated items in the back seat belonged to Washington.
Another officer went back to the McDonald’s to retrieve the $100 bill the suspects left behind after failing to get it cashed.
Asleep at the wheel
An investigation into a man asleep in his vehicle in a Sniders Highway fast food restaurant resulted in the man facing multiple charges.
A Walterboro police officer, driving through the parking lot of the McDonald’s at 1404 Sniders Highway May 13 at about 5 a.m., reported that he could hear a motor vehicle’s engine racing.
As the officer exited his cruiser, he was told the man had been asleep in his car for a while.
When the officer looked in the vehicle, he could reportedly see the man asleep in the driver’s seat with his foot on the gas.
The officer said after multiple attempts to try and get the man to wake up, he entered the vehicle to turn the engine off.
While inside the car, the officer reportedly spotted a plastic bag containing what appeared to be crack cocaine. The material tested positive for cocaine in a field test.
The man continued to sleep until additional officers arrived and were able to wake him. When the man was asked to exit the vehicle, the officers reportedly spotted a handgun on the driver’s side floorboard.
As the search of the car continued, a scale containing marijuana residue was reportedly found.
A search of the man’s pants pocket reportedly found $1,029 in cash.
The incident led to the arrest of Anthony T. Hamilton, 28, of Walterboro, on charges of possession of crack cocaine with intent to distribute, unlawful carrying of a handgun. He was also issued a citation for possession of drug paraphernalia.