Monday, October 16, 2017

New details emerge in case of alleged fecal bandit at Harris Teeter

The plop thickens

Posted by Dustin Waters on Mon, Oct 16, 2017 at 11:54 AM

Pau Hang, 41 - AL CANNON DETENTION CENTER
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At least $3,000 worth of produce is estimated to have been damaged or destroyed after a "disgruntled former contractor" allegedly entered the Harris Teeter on Savannah Highway Sunday, armed with a bottle containing a "brown substance."

Pau Hang, 41, was charged with a trespass violation and damage to personal property following the incident. According to an incident report from the Charleston Police Department, officers responded to the West Ashley grocery store around 1 p.m. Sunday. Once on the scene, a store manager told police that Hang was already banned from the property.

On Nov. 24, 2015, police were called to the Harris Teeter on Savannah Highway in reference to a trespasser on scene refusing to leave. According to an incident report from that date, Hang was escorted by police from the property. The report states that Hang had been banned from the business earlier that day after allegedly getting into a "heated verbal dispute with other store employees" and using profanity.

According to the most recent incident report describing Sunday's event, police found the alleged poop-petrator standing outside of the store after speaking with the manager.

"The offender admitted that he knew he was on trespass notice from the business, but stated that the business owed him money and that he was not going to stay away until he was given this money," reads the incident report.

After Hang was taken into custody for trespassing, the store's manager then told officers that the man was spotted in the produce section carrying a plastic bottle filled with "some kind of brown substance." The manager claims that Hang was then seen emptying the contents of the bottle onto all the produce throughout the department, according to the report.

"The complainant said that the substance had a foul odor, similar to that of feces," the report states.

The manager then told police that he escorted Hang from the store with the assistance of other employees and the bottle was discarded in a nearby trashcan, where it would be reclaimed by an unlucky crew of investigators for analysis.

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