2013-11-08 / Local News

Woman reports unknown man (not) in her car

A Walnut Street man was charged with drug- and firearms-related offenses after Gaffney police responded to a suspicious person call at Walmart and ended up recovering a gun that had been reported stolen.

According to an incident report, police were dispatched to the Walmart parking lot Oct. 30 at approximately 12:45 p.m. regarding a report that an unknown man was discovered sitting inside a Blacksburg woman’s vehicle when she came out of the store. Police said they found Joshua Venegas Amancio sitting in the front passenger seat of the woman’s vehicle.

Police wrote that they knocked on the window but Venegas Amancio appeared to be unconscious so police opened the door and reached in to wake him up. When police had him exit the vehicle, police allegedly observed a black-colored handgun in the open dash. When police performed a patdown, the report alleges, a .45-caliber handgun fell out of Venegas-Amancio’s pants leg onto the ground.

Police claimed they also found 1.4 grams of a clear, rocklike substance in two separate plastic bags inside Venegas Amancio’s left coat pocket.

The gun recovered from the dashboard, a .380 caliber Ruger-brand pistol, came back stolen when police ran the serial number, according to the incident report.

When asked why he was inside the woman’s vehicle, the police report alleges, Venegas-Amancio indicated he had been driven to Walmart by the woman who had called police. Officers obtained video surveillance footage which showed the woman arrived at the location with Venegas- Amancio. The woman who initially called police was arrested for providing false information to police, according to the report.

Venegas-Amancio was charged in arrest warrants with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and unlawful possession of a firearm, court documents show. l A burglar apparently left his shoes behind after entering an East Fairview Avenue home Oct. 29.

According to the Gaffney Police Department, an unknown subject entered a home in the 200 block between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. by prying open a bedroom window. It was unknown if anything was taken from the interior.

A pair of black-colored Addidas shoes, size 9, with bluecolored shoe strings was found on the ground outside the bedroom window and were taken into evidence. l An estimated $750 in theft losses were reported after someone took a generator from a Sims Road, Blacksburg, property.

According to the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, a black- and blue-colored Power Back GT 5250 generator was taken from an open building in the 300 block between 3 a.m. and 4 p.m. Oct. 29.

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