Report: Folly Beach cop's gun stolen after homeless friend sleeps over

SUMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) - Dorchester County sheriff's deputies say a Folly Beach police officer reported her duty belt and gun stolen after she allowed a homeless friend to spend the night at her home.

According to an incident report, the victim allowed 25-year-old David Shelton to stay at her Summerville home the night of Wednesday, September 4. The victim told deputies she allowed Shelton, a long-time childhood friend, to stay because he was reportedly homeless and hungry.

The report states the officer woke up the next morning to find Shelton had already left.

Deputies say the victim realized her duty belt was missing on September 8 when she went to clean her police-issued .40 caliber Glock, and notified authorities.

Other items stolen with the duty belt included a pair of handcuffs, a bottle of Red Saber pepper spray, an ASP baton, and a box of ammunition, the report states.

Deputies say they were able to find the duty belt on Sunday after the suspect's mother discovered the belt at her home. All items were recovered except for the gun and bullets.

The investigation is ongoing.

If you have any information regarding this incident, call Crime Stoppers at 843-554-1111.

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