Crime in the County
The following incidents, which all occurred on July 4, were obtained from Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office reports:
• 3:08 a.m.
A deputy responded to the site of a 1992 Chevy pickup fully engulfed in flames at the Dennis Boat Landing in Moncks Corner. No one was around but the deputy was able to gather the VIN and license plate number. Firefighters arrived and extinguished the blaze.
A deputy awoke the registered owner, who was at his residence. The owner said he let a friend borrow the truck but does not know his last name. The complainant said he was across the river at a seafood restaurant and saw a flash of fire from the truck and a person shouted.
The complainant said he didn’t see the person who shouted and saw no vehicles leave the area. The burnt truck was towed.
• 8:45 a.m.
A heated verbal dispute may have led to a vehicle fire. A deputy arrived to Guppy Way in St. Stephen to the site of a suspicious vehicle fire that occurred sometime after 2 a.m.
The complainant said in the morning she noticed that all the windows of her 1999 Honda Accord seemed to be blacked out. When she opened the driver’s side door she noticed the driver’s seat was burned, but only the portion under the steering wheel, not the backrest. The steering wheel and column were also burned.
The driver’s side rear door was cracked open, but the complainant said it was closed when she parked the vehicle the night before. The incident occurred at her grandmother’s residence, where she was staying that night. The complainant said at 2 a.m. she became involved in a heated verbal dispute with a man she was able to identify. The dispute was so heated that the complainant’s grandmother forced the man to leave.
Latent fingerprints were lifted from various parts of the vehicle.
• 7 p.m.
A deputy met with a Moncks Corner man who said sometime between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. someone stole the catalytic converters from his Ford Taurus, which was parked at his residence. The victim said there were many people that came to and from the residence that day but he doesn’t know who took the parts.
• 9 p.m.
A burglary was reported by a St. Stephen resident residing on Annie’s Lane. Upon returning to the residence the victim found their air conditioning unit removed from the exterior and the sliding door was open.
A sliding door, which was left unlocked, was open. Three computers and a blue Fender guitar were missing. Neighbors said they saw a red car leave the residence prior to the victim’s return.