2016-04-08 / Local News


Shoplifters get away with $3,000 in merchandise from Polo store

An estimated $3,000 in theft losses were reported after several shoplifters ran from the Polo outlet store at the Gaffney Premium Outlets on March 31.

According to the Gaffney Police Department, three female subjects entered the Polo store at approximately 5:30 p.m. and allegedly were observed concealing numerous items from the store in bags the women brought with them.

When the women noticed they were being watched by an employee, they all walked toward the exit and then began to run. The women went to a small silver car in the parking lot.

Police requested security camera footage from the store. l A Union County woman filed a police complaint after one of her cats died, and two others went missing, while they were being watched by a Gaffney man.

According to an incident report, the 32-year-old Jonesville woman said a West Robinson Street man was taking care of her four cats since March 9 and that she was told March 31 to come to the man’s house and pick up the cats. The woman further told police that her friend spoke to the Gaffney man about five minutes prior to their arrival and was told they could come in the back door, which was unlocked.

When the woman arrived, she told police, she found one of her cats was dead and a second appeared not to have been fed in a long period of time. There was no food or water left for the cats and the woman’s other two cats could not be located, police were told.

When police made contact with the Gaffney man by telephone, he allegedly claimed that the woman had broken into his house and was not supposed to be there. The officer wrote that he observed text messages on the woman’s phone purportedly sent by the Gaffney man telling the woman to come get her cats. l Gaffney police were called to Walmart on April 4 after a man stole a case of beer.

According to an incident report, a male subject wearing a neon safety vest entered the store at 2:50 p.m., went to the beer section, selected a case of Budweiser beer and then walked out the door without paying.

The man got into a black-colored Ford driven by a woman. Police were given the license plate number. l An estimated $100 in malicious damage was reported early April 5 after someone broke a car window in the Walmart parking lot.

According to the Gaffney Police Department, someone possibly used a BB gun to break the passenger side window of a 2011 Ford parked outside Walmart between 10 p.m. April 4 and 2 a.m. April 5. l Several separate incidents of vandalism were reported recently at an East Nott Street, Gaffney, home.

According to the Gaffney Police Department, someone used a marker to write very crude and threatening messages on the screen door and side of a home in the 400 block on March 31 and also cut a window screen and a child’s folding chair between 11 p.m March 30 and 8 a.m. March 31. Patio furniture also was moved at the home.

Police said the homeowners had been targeted three times in three days.

l An estimated $250 in

malicious damage was reported March 31 on Dogwood Drive. According to the Gaffney Police Department, someone threw a rock at a 1996 Toyota parked in the 200 block between 3 p.m. and 3:15 p.m., cracking the windshield. A possible suspect is listed in the report but no charges were announced.

l Gaffney police reported the recovery of a drone that landed in an East Floyd Baker Boulevard yard.

According to an incident report, police were dispatched to the 300 block at approximately 9 p.m. April 4 after a drone was found in a yard.

Police recovered a Horizon Hobby Inc.-brand drone, valued at $100. It was unclear as of Thursday afternoon if anyone had claimed the device. l A Spartanburg woman claims someone stole cash and three cell phones form her purse while she was spending the night at a local motel.

According to the Gaffney Police Department, the woman claimed she spent the night with a man she knew only by first name at a Peachoid Road motel between April 3 and early April 4.

During the night, the man allegedly took $400 in cash and three cell phones valued at an additional $400 from her purse. The woman told police she also might have been drugged. l Gaffney police reported two cases of mailbox vandalism April 4.

According to one incident report, someone damaged a mailbox in the 100 block of Camellia Circle between 2:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. The homeowner heard a noise at approximately 2:30 a.m. but did not immediately investigate. Damage is estimated at $75.

According to a second report, someone smashed a mailbox in the 100 block of Cameron Lane between 11:30 p.m. April 3 and 7:30 a.m. April 4. Damage in that case was estimated at $100.

It was unclear if the two incidents were related although the two streets are only a short distance apart. l A woman suspected of shoplifting at Walmart said she “didn’t have time for this” when confronted by a loss prevention specialist and “calmly” walked out the door.

According to the Gaffney Police Department, the incident occurred at approximately 5:30 p.m. April 2 when the female subject was seen concealing a key chain in her purse.

The woman walked away from the loss prevention specialist and got into a brown-colored Chrysler with two men. Police were given the license plate number of the vehicle.

l Gaffney police were

called to a Woodside Drive home April 4 after someone tossed eggs at the home.

According to an incident report, the homeowners were sitting in their living room at approximately 10:20 p.m. when they heard something strike their home.

Police said two eggs were tossed at the house. The homeowners reported hearing no vehicle, leading them to believe the person or persons responsible were on foot.

The same house was struck with a soda bottle on April 2, police reported.

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