Shoplifter wanted a refund
Police arrested a suspected shoplifter Thursday after he tried to return the merchandise he took to get a refund.
According to a North Augusta Public Safety incident report, a Food Lion employee noticed a man placing steaks in his pants at the supermarket on Market Place Drive shortly before 8 p.m.
The man, identified as Christopher Harper, 40, of the 200 block of Palmetto Drive, then left the store.
Surveillance video shows the steaks falling out of Harper’s pants outside the door and hitting the ground.
Harper then returned to the store to get a refund for the steaks, claiming they were dirty when he bought them.
The suspect was charged with shoplifting.
Bills found to be counterfeit
A North Augusta man notified authorities May 30 after he discovered he had been paid for a Craigslist item with counterfeit money.
According to a North Augusta Public Safety report, the 20-year-old met another man at Publix around 4 p.m. to sell an iPad listed on Craigslist. The buyer handed over $400 in cash and left with the merchandise.
Several hours later the seller was looking at the stack of $20 bills and noticed they felt strange. After further examination, the victim discovered 13 of the bills had the same serial numbers. Other bills also had repeated serial numbers.
Man exposes himself in public
An 18-year-old Augusta man was arrested May 24 after he exposed himself to a woman in the Martintown Plaza parking lot.
The victim told North Augusta Public Safety officers that the man, identified as Dennis Levern Scott Jr., of the 700 block of Wallace Street, exposed himself shortly before 1:30 p.m. and mouthed “come on” to her. He then got into his vehicle and headed north on Knox Avenue.
The victim followed him to Triangle Plaza where police stopped him. When police asked Scott why he did it, he told them that he “was young and everybody does dumb things,” the report stated.
Scott was arrested and charged with indecent exposure.
Editor's Note: Dennis Scott's case was dismissed on January 17, 2013. He was not indicted.
Closing doesn’t go smoothly
Huddle House at 1010 Edgefield Road has been closed by its corporate offices, but not before North Augusta Public Safety was contacted three times regarding the closing.
According to an incident report, police were dispatched to the restaurant around 2:30 p.m. May 24 and met with the restaurant’s manager, who told them that two representatives from Huddle House corporate office in Atlanta had entered the restaurant and took about 15 menus and the store’s cash register. The manager said that the restaurant’s owner had paid for the menus and that the representatives shouldn’t have taken them.
Public safety had responded to the restaurant on two separate occasions earlier that day regarding the representatives shutting down the restaurant “as per corporate procedures.”
The first time was at the request of the corporate representatives to make sure there was no physical disorder and the second time was at the request of the store’s employees, the report stated.
Officers informed both parties that it was a civil matter and they were referred to the magistrate’s office, according to the report.