2017-07-17 / Local News

POLICE REPORTS

Gaffney police were called after someone damaged a North Limestone Street apartment door with fireworks July 3. According to an incident report, a resident of the Limestone Courts apartment complex was sleeping at approximately 10:35 p.m. when she heard a loud “boom” at her back door. When the woman opened her door, she found burn marks. The screen door appeared to have been held open as a canister type firework was shot against the door, police reported. Damage is estimated at $100.

City of Gaffney police were called after two people stole nearly $1,400 worth of vacuum cleaners from the Lowe’s home improvement store. According to an incident report, two people entered the local store on July 1 at 10:55 a.m. and were observed walking away a few minutes later with three Dyson-brand vacuums. The matter was brought to Gaffney police on July 10 after two possible suspects were arrested in Greenville County on July 6. Video footage of the July 1 incident, along with mugshots of the people arrested in Greenville, were provided to Gaffney police.

City of Gaffney police were called to investigate a June 8 incident during which a man in a sport utility vehicle twice struck a teenage driver’s vehicle before fleeing the scene. According to an incident report, a witness told police he saw the currently unidentified man in a burgundy-colored Chevrolet Suburban pass a teenager driving a Honda on West Frederick Street. The SUV driver then stopped abruptly, causing the teenager to slam on her brakes.

The SUV driver then pulled into the median, police were told, and yelled for the teenager to “get off the road.” When the teenager continued on East Frederick Street, the witness then saw the SUV driver rear-end the teenager’s car when she was in front of McDonald’s. When the teen stopped, the witness said, the SUV driver backed up and then rear-ended the teen’s car a second time before fleeing on Wilkinsville Highway. The teen had the same version of events as the witness, police noted.

On July 9, police received a tip that the SUV was located in the 1500 block of Wilkinsville Highway. The vehicle they located there had damage consistent with the June 8 incident, according to the report.

A Blacksburg woman’s cell phone was stolen after she accidentally left it on a checkout counter at the Goodwill store in Gaffney. According to the Gaffney police Department, the woman placed her LG brand cell phone on the counter at Goodwill at 11:40 a.m. July 11. The woman accidentally left the phone behind. Security camera footage showed a male customer pick up the phone and leave the store. The white male suspect had tattoos on his left arm and was wearing what looked like a camouflage-colored shirt and shorts. The phone is valued at $100.

A television, a computer, and other items were reported stolen following a burglary reported July 10 on South Johnson Street. According to the Gaffney Police Department, a resident of the 100 block was away from 8 p.m. July 9 to 9:30 a.m. July 10 and discovered numerous items missing, including a 40-inch flat-screen television, a DVD player, two remote controls, a Cherokee County School District issued Dell-brand laptop computer, a small flat-screen television and a black-colored AT&T smart phone that was missing a battery. A bathroom window was broken out, police said, and blood was found on the floor in the dining area. A crime scene detective was called to photograph the scene and collect any evidence.

A Gaffney woman reported the loss or theft of a $1,400 bracelet in the wake of a July 8 shooting incident at a local nightclub. According to an incident report, a Marion Avenue woman was inside Club Empire on July 8 when there was a disturbance inside the club followed by gunfire. People inside the packed bar were in a panic to exit, police were told. After the incident, the woman realized her gold bracelet with a half-carat diamond was missing. The bracelet was not turned in at the club, police were told.

City of Gaffney police responded July 6 to a report of an attempted robbery on Ellis Ferry Avenue. According to an incident report, someone knocked on the door of a home in the 200 block at approximately 1:35 a.m. and when the resident opened the door, an unknown man approached from the corner and pointed a pistol at him. The resident told police he shut the door and called 9-1-1. Police said they found no one in the area upon arrival. Police said they received a second call to the same residence at 3:07 a.m. regarding a similar call and once again found no one in the area.

A trampoline was reported stolen July 8 from a Russell Street yard. According to the Gaffney Police Department, a resident of the 200 block came home from vacation July 8 and discovered that her daughter’s 14-foot trampoline was missing from their back yard. A neighbor reportedly saw two men and a white-colored Dodge pickup truck in the driveway at approximately 4 p.m. July 5 but didn’t know anything was wrong.

A license plate was reported stolen July 5 from a vehicle parked in the Walmart parking lot. According to a complaint filed with Gaffney police, someone took a South Carolina plate from a 2002 Chevrolet Impala parked at Walmart between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. July 2.

An estimated $700 in damage was reported following a July 3 hit-and-run incident in the Walmart parking lot. According to the Gaffney Police Department, someone struck a Kia owned by a West Buford Street man while it was parked at Walmart between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. July 3. The damage was reported July 5.

Gaffney police were called to West Carlisle Street on July 6 following a hit-and-run accident. According to an incident report, a Gaffney man was at West Carlisle Street and Beltline Road in a black-colored 2003 Chevrolet sport utility vehicle when an unknown subject in a burgundy-colored 4-door vehicle made a right turn from Beltline Road onto West Carlisle Street and struck the driver’s side of the Gaffney man’s vehicle. The driver of the burgundy colored car did not stop at the scene and turned into a mobile home park on West Carlisle Street. Responding police could not find the vehicle during a search. Damage to the Chevrolet sport utility vehicle is estimated at $1,000.

An estimated $1,200 in damage was reported to Gaffney police July 7 following a recent hit-and-run incident in the Walmart parking lot. According to an incident report, a Gaffney woman’s white-colored 2014 Jeep was struck on the passenger side rear quarter panel while it was parked at Walmart between 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. July 22. The woman reported the damage July 7 after receiving a repair estimate from a body shop.

A 21-year-old Cowpens man was cited for shoplifting July 7 after he allegedly tried to steal cologne from Walmart. According to an incident report, a Walmart loss prevention officer spotted the Cowpens man open a package of cologne and place the bottle in his right pocket. The man admitted having the cologne, valued at $14.82, when approached by police officers inside the store.

A Gaffney woman was cited for shoplifting July 7 after she allegedly was caught trying to steal school supplies from Walmart. According to Gaffney police, an officer was dispatched to the store at 6:53 p.m. after a woman allegedly was observed placing merchandise in her purse. The woman was escorted to the store’s loss prevention office where she returned $68 in merchandise and was placed on trespass notice from all Walmart locations.

Gaffney police responded July 8 to a report of a burglary on East Frederick Street. According to an incident report, a resident of the 500 block was away from July 6 and July 26 and discovered upon returning that a police scanner and two Cricket brand mobile phones were missing from her residence. A battery also was taken from a vehicle, police were told. Theft losses exceed $300.

City of Gaffney police responded July 7 to the Dollar General Market on North Limestone Street after a man tried to buy a prepaid debit card with counterfeit cash. According to an incident report, a currently unidentified man attempted to purchase a $300 Visa prepaid card at approximately 12:18 p.m. The $20 bills used by the man were fake, according to the report. The man walked out of the store with $17.05 in change that he was given by the clerk but the debit card was canceled. Police collected 16 bogus $20 bills as evidence.

Gaffney police responded to Walmart on July 9 after store officials learned of a scam. According to an incident report, three subjects — two men and a woman — came into Walmart on June 24. The two men filled up two shopping carts with merchandise and one of the men paid for the items in his cart. The man then went outside the business, gave the receipt to the woman, and the woman then entered the store and walked out with the second shopping cart full of items. The same subjects apparently pulled the same scam on June 8 as well. Theft losses from the June 24 incident totaled about $300.

A Gaffney woman called police July 10 after discovering she was being targeted for a scam.

According to an incident report, the city woman was contacted by e-mail about an alleged job opportunity testing services at Walmart and Nike. The woman was sent a check for $3,150 through an overnight Fed Ex package and was instructed to deposit the check in her own bank account and then to make certain purchases at Walmart. The woman was told she could keep the items she purchased and would then have to wire a portion of the remaining funds to a third party. The woman called the bank printed on the check she received and was informed the check was fake. Police took the check and package into evidence.

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