How would you react if you came home, late, and found someone rummaging through your cabinets?
Two Andrews residents knew exactly what to do when they found a stranger in their home around 3:20 a.m. on Oct. 18.
Since they hadn’t hired anyone to clean their cupboards, they knew there was a problem.
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The homeowners grabbed 49-year-old Davetta Danzey, who was reportedly going through their stuff, and held her for police.
Danzey is now charged with first degree burglary, according to Andrews Police Chief Kaynnera Capers.
Capers, however, says it is not wise to nab suspects before the police arrive.
Probably if that person is holding your favorite beer glass or saucer, then it’s normal to keep them locked down.
It’s always better to get an accurate description of the person’s clothing, and car, then tell the police, Capers said.
He also said get a good direction of travel for the fleeing criminal.
“Be a good witness,” he said.
Remember, get a good description of that person who is escaping with your television, jewelry, drinking glasses or coin collection.
Don’t try to take the law, or a cabinet rummager, into your own hands.
Surfside Beach Police arrested a busy woman who is accused of robbing a convenience store and then snatching a purse, all in two days.
Lisa Lowder, 47, of Surfside Beach, is accused of hitting several spots along the Grand Strand on Oct. 15 and 16.
Lowder first entered a convenience store on Glenns Bay Road, showed the clerk a gun, and ordered her behind the counter.
The clerk ran out the back door and was not hurt, police said.
Lowder then reportedly tried to take a purse from a woman the next day, Oct. 16, police said.
That crime happened around 3 p.m. in a parking lot on U.S. 17 North.
Witnesses to the crime helped identify Lowder, police said.
This was also helped by the fact that it was broad daylight when it happened.
Witnesses told police that Lowder was the snatcher.
Surfside Beach Police Chief Rodney Keziah said, “this is another prime example of citizens and law enforcement working together. The detailed description and information given by the witness was a key component in making this arrest.”
Lowder was charged with attempted armed robbery and strong arm robbery.
At press time, she remained in the J. Reuben Long Detention Center.
She also proved that it's not good to commit a crime when everyone can see you, and knows who you are. Duh.
Not So Grand
In another case that shows you're really not safe, even in daylight, Myrtle Beach Police are looking for a man who reportedly robbed a woman Thursday in the parking lot of Coastal Grand Mall.
The 60-year-old victim said she went to her car and was putting a package in the trunk, according to reports.
A man ordered her to hand over the package, but she first thought it was a joke.
When she saw that he had a gun, she realized he was not joking.
If he was joking, he really wasn't being very funny.
The woman was ordered to the ground during the robbery, according to police.
She was not injured, but the man took her purse and keys.
Local police are asking people to be especially aware of anyone lurking around their car or home, as robberies increase during the holidays.
A man with a gun is no joke.