Crime Briefs | The Press and Standard
by The Press and Standard | November 10, 2017 5:00 am
Last Updated: November 8, 2017 at 12:11 pm
Chase ends in woods
Law enforcement officers were waiting for a tow truck to take away the target of a police chase the evening of Nov. 5 when they learned the owner had reported the motor vehicle stolen.
The incident began Nov. 5 at 10:39 p.m. when a Walterboro police officer on patrol reportedly watched a 2000 silver Cadillac Escalade weaving down the street. As the erratic driving continued southbound on North Jefferies Boulevard, the officer turned on his blue lights to pull the driver over. The driver didn’t stop, and the cruiser’s siren went on at the intersection of Washington Street and Jefferies Boulevard.
The chase made its way to Green Pond Highway, then Rivers, then Gadsden Loop, then Mount Batten Road.
After traveling about one-quarter of a mile on Mount Batten Road, the three occupants bailed out of the car and fled into the woods.
The car’s interior reportedly had a marijuana aroma. Officers checking the car found fast food bags with the food still hot and two drinks, still full.
Sheriff’s deputies, who had joined the chase, were waiting for the tow truck to arrive when dispatch reported that the Bee Drive resident who owned the car had just called to report it stolen. The woman said she last saw the car in her yard at 9 p.m. A search of the vehicle found the car keys in the ignition. A cell phone owned by the woman was also found in the car.
Cigarette run detoured by gunfire
A member of the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office was visiting with a resident on Lowcountry Highway on Nov. 3 at 5:09 p.m. when a man pulled up saying that he had just been shot at the intersection of Lowcountry Highway and Miracle Drive.
The man said he and a friend left the friend’s home to go to a nearby store to purchase cigarettes when they drove by a white Pontiac parked at the side of the road near the Lowcountry Highway and Miracle Drive.
As they were returning home after the cigarette purchase, the man said, the Pontiac was still parked and the driver was out in the roadway, pointing a rifle at their pickup truck.
The man said he stopped his truck and they jumped out and ran when the man in the road opened fire. After shooting, the gunman got in his car and drove off towards the Red Root community.
When the deputy examined the pickup, he found a bullet hole in the windshield, and the bullet lodged in the driver’s-side headrest. The rear window had several bullet holes and the tailgate contained a bullet fragment.
A check of the roadway found 10 shell casings.
A report of a robbery in progress on Nov. 4 at 8:43 a.m. sent Walterboro police rushing to Shell South at 201 S. Jefferies Blvd.
While officers canvassed the area for signs of a suspect, the cashier was interviewed.
She told officers a black male in a white shirt, wearing a white cloth on his head, held her at gunpoint and demanded money.
After she gave the suspect money from the cash drawer, he ran out the door.
A witness said he saw the man run out the door and go behind a white fence behind the car wash.
The suspect, the witness added, was about 5’1” and weighed about 140 pounds.
According to the police report, the robbery was captured on the business’s security video system.
Guns taken from residence
Walterboro police were called to a Wichman Street home the afternoon of Nov. 5 to investigate a burglary.
The homeowner told police that someone entered the home by breaking the glass on a rear door and forcing the door open.
Once inside, the suspect took firearms from an upstairs bedroom.
Charger disappears in the night
City police were called to a home on Carn Street Nov. 6 at 7:40 a.m. when the residents discovered that their 2009 blue Dodge Charger was gone.
The woman said she parked the car Nov. 5 at about 8 p.m. The next morning when her husband went outside to take their grandchild to school, the car was gone.