Crime Briefs for March 20
Man reports car stolen, returned
A North Augusta man reported someone stole a car belonging to him, then returned it to the spot from which they stole it, according to the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office.
The incident happened Monday on Jefferson Davis Highway, according to the report.
The unknown suspect reportedly stole the vehicle from the location after using the vehicle to ram a gate blocking it in, according to the report. The owner told officers the vehicle had been left unsecured with the keys in the ignition.
The vehicle reportedly had a GPS system that tracks the vehicle wherever it goes and maintains a travel log on the vehicle. The victim said the suspect later returned the vehicle to “the exact spot where it was stolen from,” according to the report.
Nothing appeared to be missing from the vehicle, which did have front end damage and was either leaking oil or coolant from underneath, according to the report.
Wagener woman reports purse stolen
A Wagener woman reported that her purse was stolen while she went into her home to get money for an allegedly stranded motorist, according to the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office.
The incident happened at a home on Camp Rawls Road on Monday, according to the report.
The victim said an unknown man came to her home and said his car broke down a short distance down the road and that he needed gas money, according to the report. The man reportedly arrived on scene in a vehicle escorted by an unknown woman.
The victim said she had a few dollars in change that the man could have and went inside to get it, leaving the man outside, according to the report. She returned with the change and gave it to the man, who got into the car and left.
The victim said during the entire interaction, her car was left unlocked with her purse inside, according to the report. She realized her purse was missing when she got into her car to leave.
The only identifying information the woman could give officers was the name Jimmy Tyler, which the suspect gave her.
Woman detained on drug charges
A 60-year-old Augusta woman was detained for disorderly conduct, possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting arrest after getting belligerent with officers outside Aiken Regional Medical Centers on Monday, according to Aiken Public Safety.
A security officer at the hospital saw 60-year-old Patty Duskin walking “aimlessly” in the parking lot outside the hospital and looking inside cars, according to a report. When he stopped to talk with her, she began yelling and cursing at him.
Officers spoke with her regarding her behavior in the parking lot and she said she was looking for a car belonging to a friend who was seeing a doctor on Miracle Drive when the security officer began approaching her in a “sexual manner,” according to the report. She said she did not appreciate him making “a move” on her.
While talking with officers, Duskin appeared to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol, according to the report. An officer asked her about a bulge in one of her socks, and she began squirming and grabbed what appeared to be a ball of tissue behind her and tried to stomp on it.
Duskin struggled and tried to run away when officers detained her, according to the report. Inside the white cloth, officers found a piece of glass tubing that was burnt on both ends with steel wool stuffed inside of it that is commonly used to smoke crack or meth.