Blurbs from the South Carolina upstate

Making police work easy

A Charlotte man was arrested this week in connection to a recent Clover burglary after deputies found his wallet in the home he’s accused of breaking into.

Travis Bernard Phillips, 26, faces four charges of second-degree burglary, two grand larceny charges and a criminal conspiracy charge. He is being held at Moss Justice Center.

On May 23, York County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a burglary on Montgomery Street, according to a York County Sheriff’s Office report. A black wallet was lying on the steps inside the residence.

It appears that the burglar slid down the stairs and fell, the report states. The wallet contained Phillips’  identification, credit cards and other pieces of paperwork. Deputies believe Phillips has been involved in other robberies as well and are investigating potential connections.

The owner of the residence has been living in New Jersey and said he would let deputies know later if anything was stolen, the report states.

Nice-smelling robber sought

A man stole at least 15 sticks of Axe and Degree deodorant from a local grocery store Sunday, police say.

An employee at the East Main Street Food Lion said a man came to check out with two sticks of deodorant about 10 a.m. Sunday, according to a Rock Hill police report.

The employee said he could see a bulge under the man’s shirt, and when the man lifted his shirt slightly there were more sticks of deodorant underneath.

The man fled the store and rode away on a white bicycle toward Porter Road, the report states. The total value of the deodorant is $75.

The suspect is described as a black man between age 50 and 60 with a beard, short hair and a cataract in his right eye. He was wearing a white shirt with blue stripes and a blue baseball cap at the time, the report states.

Look away, Dixieland

A swimsuit with the Confederate battle flag caused controversy this weekend at a Rock Hill apartment complex swimming pool.

A man says someone pointed a gun at him at the Paces River Avenue pool Sunday because one of his friends was wearing the rebel-themed bathing suit, according to a Rock Hill police report.

The 20-year-old said he and his friends were hanging out around 8 p.m. when a group of people approached them, the report states. The group began calling them racists because a girl in his party was wearing a “stars and bars rebel flag” bikini. The group then surrounded him, so he stood up.

One of the suspects pulled out a semi-automatic pistol and pointed it at him, but fled when he realized the police had been called, the report states. They took off in the direction of Riverchase Boulevard toward Celanese Road.

The gunman is unknown.

Take that, Slabby

A teen in a Marble Slab mascot costume said a man tackled him while he was promoting the business Sunday at a Rock Hill shopping center.

The 17-year-old dressed as “Slabby,” a giant ice cream cone, was with another employee in front of the Dick’s Sporting Goods at ManchesterVillage trying to recruit customers around 5 p.m., according to a Rock Hill police report.

The second employee said a teen pulled up in an SUV and tackled the mascot, taking him to the ground. The suspect then got back into the car and drove away.

A witness said she couldn’t see a license plate number because a piece of cardboard was covering it, the report states.

However, she said at least four other people wearing swim trunks and no shirts were in the car.

Could make an interesting cocktail

Thieves in York didn’t take the kitchen sink — but they did take a York family’s chocolate milk and a birthday present of sour mash sipping whiskey.

A pair of burglars took computers, cameras and jewelry worth more than $12,000 Thursday from a York home before the two men fled after being accosted by the homeowners, according to police reports. But the two did not leave before stealing a half-gallon of chocolate milk from the refrigerator and a birthday present of an unopened bottle of Jack Daniels.

The theft on Ivy Creek Road Thursday was followed by a search using police dogs that found a sweatshirt at a nearby intersection, a police report from the York County Sheriff’s Office showed. However, the suspects — and the milk and liquor and the expensive electronics — have not yet been found.


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