Myrtle Beach’s kookiest crime blotter spots a ninja!

For Weekly SurgeMarch 19, 2014 

Getting His Samurai On

Maybe he knows kung fu, too.

Myrtle Beach police arrested Quinte Tucker on March 12 after finding him allegedly trying to break into a home in the 3000 block of N. Ocean Boulevard with a throwing star and a machete.

Officers were responding to an alarm activation shortly before midnight in that area. The house they were checking looked secure. It was while checking things out that they heard a weird sound coming from a home nearby, according to the incident report.

That sound reportedly came from the suspect, who was found wearing a black mask, black jacket, black gloves and a brown backpack, the report stated. In one hand was the machete and in the other was the throwing star.

Police saw him hacking a window screen with his big-ass sword and star. He was arrested and taken to jail. No one was home at the time of the attempted break-in.

In the backpack were two bracelets and a knife, the report stated.

And after reading this, we now want to go and play some “Shogun: Total War.” Oh, and watch “The Last Samurai.”

Holster That Weapon!

Somewhere, Charlton Heston is smiling.

Myrtle Beach police responded to the local Best Buy on March 12 to speak to a female customer. The woman came to the store in the hopes of getting her tablet repaired, according to the incident report. Employees told her there was nothing that could be done. At this point, she left the store and then came back in.

Upon her return, employees noticed she had a hand gun in a holster on her hip, the report stated.

Oh hell! Irate customer about to go postal immediately comes to mind.

But, thankfully, that’s not the case. The woman said she had a valid concealed carry permit and the weapon had been on her the whole time and she hadn’t noticed that it became visible from under her shirt, the report stated. She come back into the big box electronics store to get the manager’s information.

Police reviewed surveillance footage. They determined there wasn’t enough probable cause to believe the woman intentionally brandished the weapon when she came back into the store.

Bad Boys, Bad Boys, Watcha Gonna Do?

The long arm of the law ensnared one of its own.

North Myrtle Beach police officer William Norton was arrested March 14 and faces a DUI charge after allegedly crashing his police cruiser while off duty, according to city officials.

Yes, the allegations are he had a little bit too much to drink and then decided to drive his work vehicle. And this work vehicle has flashing lights a distinctive sound.

Norton has since been placed on desk duty while an internal investigation continues, city officials say.

We can’t imagine what that conversation must have been like, but we’re envisioning a stereotypical loud police captain from ‘80s action movies yelling a lot and slamming doors.

Please Disperse! No Meth To See Here

Maybe someone was trying to make the world’s worst birthday cake.

In the early-morning hours of March 17, Conway police were dispatched to a local motel after reports came in of a possible meth lab, according to a police spokesperson.

Officers contained the scene and found no active meth lab whatsoever. Materials were found that could be used in a meth lab, and were reportedly disposed of. No charges were filed.

This sounds like the lamest “Breaking Bad” spinoff imaginable.

Bad Medicine

So, um, blame Obamacare?

On March 19, Truman Lewis of Charlotte, N.C. and Norman Lewis of Georgetown were slated to be sentenced after their convictions in August on charges of conspiracy to commit health care fraud, conspiracy to commit money laundering and four counts of wire fraud, according to a press release.

The two billed Medicaid for almost $9 million in a 22-month period, and most of the claims were bogus. They ran a for-profit youth mentoring service called Helping Hands Youth and Family Services, which had offices in Georgetown, Conway, Rock Hill and Columbia, the release stated.

They billed for weekends when kids weren’t seen, before children were in the program, after children had left the program and for children who weren’t even in need of medical care.

All this fraudulent money bought the Lewis’ several luxury cars and two homes. They also had more than $1 million in certificates of deposits and bank accounts, the release stated.

And guess what? All that property was subject to forfeiture.

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