CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Charleston investigators say a 46-year-old man is behind bars for going on a shopping spree after he pickpocketed a debit card from a man he was hugging.
The Charleston Police Department arrested James Bernard Williams of Charleston on Wednesday and charged him with seven counts of property crime enhancement.
Williams arrest was in connection to a March 10 incident when authorities responded to Lockwood Boulevard for a theft.
The victim said that he was walking in the area of Wragg Square and Meeting Street when a man walked up to him, placed his arm around him and said,"Hey how are you doing?"
According to police, the victim immediately backed away and walked away.
Later in the day, the victim reported that he discovered that his wallet, iPhone and debit card were missing from his back right side pocket. The victim said he checked his bank account and noticed that money had been removed.
A police report states that someone had used an ATM on Rutledge Avenue to remove cash four different times from the victim's account; totaling $340.
The victim told investigators he believed that the man who hugged him had removed his missing items.