CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The Charleston Police Department says there have been 39 mopeds stolen so far this year in the Charleston area. The latest two happening in West Ashley and in downtown this week.
Authorities were on patrol in the area of Orange Grove and Orange Branch roads when officers spotted two mopeds driven by 19-year-old Dwayne Howard Robinson and 20-year-old Justin Lamar Drayton early Friday morning.
Police say both mopeds were seen crossing the center line numerous times.
When officers stopped the mopeds, they noticed that Robinson's moped had no key in the ignition. Robinson said that the keys were in his pocket and that the moped belonged to Drayton's cousin.
According to investigators, none of the keys that Robinsion gave to the officers fit into the ignition. When an officer asked Drayton whose moped Robinson was driving, Drayton said that he didn't know because it was stolen.
Robinson said he told Drayton that he was going to buy a moped when he received a check. Drayton then told Robinson where he could steal one instead. A police report states that Robinson rode with Drayton to the Gardenia apartments where they found a moped and stole it.
Earlier this week on Monday, a 29-year-old Mount Pleasant man was arrested after attempting to steal a $1200 moped in West Ashley.
Police responded to Saint Philip and Bogard streets in reference to a larceny in progress. The victim pointed to Eric Humphries and said that the suspect tried to steal his moped and was trying to get away.
Officers say they arrested Humphries and found a 3-inch knife on the suspect. The victim said he had parked his moped in front of a friend's house and when he returned it was gone. Someone walking by, told the victim that they had seen someone take the victim's moped and push it up the street.
The victim found the suspect, took back his moped and followed the suspect while calling the police.