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A local woman reported being scammed out of more than $2,000 by two former high school classmates.

In the Sept. 20 incident report, the victim states that two former classmates, one who is local and the other with a Bluffton address, told her they were going to put money into her bank account. She told police she gave them her account information, the last four digits of her Social Security number, her financial transaction card pin number and pictures of the card, the report states.

The victim said she had asked one of the subjects for a specific amount of money to pay her phone bill, but when she went to the bank, the banker told her that the checks that were placed into her account were counterfeit, according to the incident report.

The victim said the banker told her that her account would be closed due to it having more than $2,000 in fraudulent funds in it, the report states.

The woman identified the two male subjects, stating that the local subject told her he would help her since she has a son and that everything was 100 percent legitimate and she would not get into trouble.

The officer who took the report was able to pull up both subjects’ DMV photos, and the woman positively identified them as the two suspects who scammed her.

Arrest warrants will be sought on the two male suspects, the report states.

In other reports:

  • Two officers were dispatched to Family Dollar in reference to a former employee stealing money from the business.

Upon arrival, the officers met with a store employee, who took them to an office in the back to review surveillance footage. Police were also made aware that the suspect had written a statement admitting to wrongdoing by getting food and drink items but not paying for them and then canceling transactions and taking the money.

When watching the camera footage, the officers saw the suspect ringing up customers, taking their money and then canceling the transactions, the report states. The suspect set the stolen money aside and later took it from the register, it was noted.

These transactions took place between Oct. 24 and Nov. 19 in 2018.

  • A female victim reported Dec. 18 that while she was waiting for a family court hearing at the Bamberg County Courthouse Annex, her brother was arguing with her and pushed her in the chest, nearly causing her to fall.

Deputies separated the two, and they calmed down, the report states.

The victim later went to the police department and indicated she would like a report filed on the incident, saying she wished to press charges against her brother.

  • An officer was called by another law enforcement officer on Dec. 26 in reference to an intoxicated person. The reporting officer said the subject was walking on Main Highway between Enterprise Bank and Billiards.

The officer gave a description of the subject, and the responding officer recognized the subject. When police approached the subject, they were able to detect the odor of alcohol on him, the report states. The subject also slurred his words and was unsteady on his feet, it was noted in the report.

The subject was handcuffed and transported to the Bamberg County Detention Center.

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