Crime in the County
The following incidents were obtained from Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office reports:
• A Moncks Corner man learned it’s probably best not to cut off a police car when driving without a license.
On Feb. 11 a van turned left from a country store onto West Main Street in Moncks Corner, causing a deputy traveling down Main Street to slam on brakes to avoid striking the van. The deputy activated his blue lights and turned around to follow the van, which had turned right onto Haynesville Extension.
The van finally came to a stop in the parking lot of a body shop. When the deputy asked for the van driver’s license, registration and proof of insurance the driver did not have his license. After a warrant/license check the deputy found out the man had a suspended license and expired auto insurance. The deputy asked the man if he knew his license was expired. “Yeah,” he replied.
The van driver was placed under arrest for three traffic violations: failing to yield, driving under suspension and no proof of insurance. He was transported to Hill-Finklea Detention Center and the van was towed.
• A Jamestown man called the sheriff’s office after a male suspect came to his residence trying to sell him an ADT alarm system. The subject said the ADT system would cost him $1,300 down and a monthly payment. The complainant said he was not interested and the subject left the residence and went next door. The complainant said there were a group of men in the burgundy van, which had a magnetic ADT sticker on it.
The complainant was suspicious and called ADT, who said they had no sales agents in the area that day.
• Two deputies responded to a concerned citizen’s call about gunshots heard in the area of Lem Road near Moncks Corner around 9 p.m. Feb. 11. The deputies found a white Ford truck parked on the side of Lem Road and four males standing outside the vehicle. The males were asked if anyone had weapons on their person or in the vehicle. One of the males said he had an unloaded handgun on him and there was unloaded shotgun leaning against the other side of the truck.
The weapons were secured into the patrol vehicle and proved to be unloaded. Three of the subjects said they had been drinking beer but one said he had not had any alcohol to drink and was just showing the other subjects his new gun, a .357 magnum. The gun owner admitted to having fired the handgun.
The weapons were checked with central dispatch and were clear. The guns were taken into police custody for safekeeping due to three of the subjects consuming alcohol. The owner was given information on when he could pick up his guns from BCSO.
• A Moncks Corner man on Langdoc Street reported a stolen blue Beretta 9mm automatic pistol and iPod from his unlocked vehicle. The Beretta serial number was placed into NCIC.
• A Cross man arrived home from work and noticed someone had stolen a water pump, PVC pipes and a water tank from his backyard. He said the water pump system was still there before he left for work.