Police Blotter 7/3/11

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According to Lancaster Police Department incident reports:

• A moped was reported stolen from a West Arch Street home between June 22 and 23. The owner told police the moped was chained to a porch handrail. Estimated cost of the black and gray Sprint Tomos moped is $1,188. 

A scooter was also reported stolen during the same time period. A Crestfield Drive resident told police his scooter was chained and padlocked to his carport, but found it missing when he walked outside June 23. Estimated cost of the burgundy Sprint 50 scooter is $1,299. Lancaster Police Capt. Paul Smith said the two thefts are not related. 

• A man wanted in North Carolina was arrested June 23 for drinking on a public road. Officers stopped Eric Scott Hewitt, 26, 509 East Gay St., as he was walking along Arch Street because they saw him holding a can of beer a few minutes earlier. He was arrested for open consumption. Officers soon learned he was also wanted in North Carolina for felony identity fraud/theft. The N.C. Department of Corrections plans to extradite Hewitt. 

• A Lancaster woman reported damage to her car June 24. The Rugby Road resident told officers someone scratched her 2008 Mitsubishi Outlander sometime between June 23 and 24, damaging the hood and driver's side doors. Estimated damage to the car is $1,314. 

• Several items were reported stolen from a home in the 200 block of West Meeting Street sometime between June 24 and 25. The homeowner told police when she returned home at 2 a.m. June 25, the window of her back door was broken. The woman said several items were missing, including a Playstation 3 game system and a 42-inch flat screen TV. Estimated value of the items is $1,387.

• A Lancaster man was arrested for driving a stolen car June 26. Jeffrey Michael Donnelly, 38, 1304 Foxbrook Circle, was arrested after officers pulled him over because the car he was driving was reported stolen. Donnelly told police a woman he knew asked him to drive the car to the Carriage Inn. The owner of the car told police he saw an unknown man get into the car and drive away. Donnelly was later charged with possession of a stolen vehicle and driving under suspension. 

According to Lancaster County Sheriff's Office incident reports:

• Deputies responded to the 2000 block of Lynwood Drive about a man who hit a car with a baseball bat June 25. A Lancaster woman told deputies she drove her son to an Airport Road house to pick up some of his belongings. She said the homeowner came outside, started yelling at them and then hit her car several times with a baseball bat. Estimated damage to the car is $1,000.

• A Kershaw woman reported she was bitten by a friend's dog June 25. The woman told deputies she was at her friend's house on Gold Mine Highway when the friend's Labrador mix bit her three times, twice on her right calf and once on her left calf. The woman declined to press charges, but deputies had to fill out an animal bite form for the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control. 

• Counterfeit money was found at a Lancaster store June 28. An employee with Family Dollar, 1874 Great Falls Highway, said a customer used a fake $20 bill to buy items the previous day. The counterfeit money was discovered after the money was totaled later that day. 

• A Lancaster woman reported her car was stolen and crashed into a ditch sometime between June 28 and 29. The Aster Avenue resident told deputies the S.C. Highway Patrol called her June 29 to say her car was found wrecked in a ditch on Bailey Road. The woman told deputies she doesn't know who wrecked the car, though she remembered leaving the keys in the car the night before and going inside the house to sleep. Estimated value of the car is $10,000. 

• A car was reported vandalized outside of a Lancaster home between 9:30 p.m. June 28 and 8:30 a.m. June 29. A Hance Street resident told deputies someone scratched the hood, trunk and both sides of the car, as well as scratched an obscenity into the hood. A spoiler was also ripped from the trunk. Estimated damage is $5,000. 


If you know anything about any of these incidents, please call the Lancaster Police Department at (803) 283-1171 or (803) 283-3313, or the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office at 

(803) 283-4136.


 -Compiled by Chris Sardelli.