Bamberg police investigated two unrelated break-ins recently.
On Sept. 30, an officer was dispatched to the Second Chance Thrift Store in reference to a burglary. Upon the officer’s arrival, another officer was already at the scene and showed him a broken glass door with a hole in it large enough for someone to walk through.
The complainant told the officer that a trash can was on the opposite side of the doorway when he left the previous day, and it appeared that someone moved it to avoid detection. The complainant also stated that the only items he noticed missing were some televisions.
Photographs were taken, and follow-up with possible video footage from the business next door will be made.
In an unrelated incident on Oct. 1, an officer was dispatched to the Ness Sports Complex in reference to a break-in/burglary complaint. Upon arrival on the scene, the complainant told the officer that he had gone to the concession building and noticed the chain and two locks securing the back doors had been cut and the doors were wide open.
The complainant side that he noticed the window air-conditioning unit had been removed and numerous items were missing. The officer observed a portion of cut chain and secured it for evidence. The complainant also stated that the park had been occupied the previous evening until around 9 p.m., and everything had been secured upon leaving.
Items reported stolen included two hot dog cookers, a window air-conditioning unit, a microwave oven, two stainless steel tea urns, various food items and stainless steel pans.
In other reports:
• On the morning of Oct. 23, an officer was called to South State Bank in reference to a financial card transaction fraud. Upon the officer’s arrival, the victim stated that a subject had come into his room to use his phone to call his grandmother. When the victim woke up and went to the bank, he discovered his account had been frozen due to questionable activity, and his pocket card with his account information and his driver’s license were missing from his wallet.
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The bank’s branch manager informed the officer of three different withdrawals from three different bank locations that had occurred on the victim’s account within just a little over a two-hour period. The information will be forwarded to the appropriate jurisdictions for prosecution.
• Bamberg units were dispatched to the area of Kemp’s Law Firm the morning of Oct. 31 in reference to a subject causing a disturbance and scaring employees. A county deputy was on-site and was able to direct the officer to the subject’s location.
Officers had been receiving calls from dispatch that the subject had been calling numerous times stating that people were trying to rob him, trying to shoot him, hiding out in bushes, and more. He had been calling 911 to make what seemed to be unfounded complaints.
The officer made contact with the subject, who had a pocket knife sticking out of his front right pants pocket. The officer removed the knife, placed the subject in handcuffs and advised him that he was under arrest for unlawful use of 911. The subject mentioned the snipers, people hiding in bushes and other claims to the officer.
The subject denied calling 911, saying the bank called, not him. The officer is aware 911 calls are recorded. Due to the subject disturbing employees at the law firm, he was additionally charged with disturbing the peace. Litter Control also charged him with littering.
• On the night of Nov. 2, a woman called Bamberg County Dispatch to report her car had been stolen. The victim resides within Bamberg city limits, so a city officer was dispatched.
Upon the officer’s arrival, the victim told the officer that she had laid down to rest after attending a funeral. When she awoke, she discovered her daughter had left her residence and had taken her car along with her cellphone without her permission.
The officer returned to the station and attempted to contact the victim’s daughter with no success. The officer left a message and phone number for her to contact him. Due to a lack of response from the subject, a copy of the report will be turned over to central dispatch to be entered into the National Crime Information Center database as a stolen vehicle.
• On the night of Nov. 5, officers were dispatched to a Carlisle Street location in reference a female stating her daughter was trying to leave with her mother’s keys.
At the scene, an officer asked the subject where her mother’s vehicle was. The subject said that it was at the library. The officer then arrested the subject, and another officer transported her to jail and placed a hold on her.
Upon searching to reported stolen vehicle, the officer found three blunts that are suspected to contain marijuana in the passenger’s side door handle. The evidence will be attached to the case file.