Father, son arrested for begging in Bluffton

info@islandpacket.comDecember 31, 2012 

A father and son from Charleston were arrested Sunday in Bluffton for allegedly targeting women walking alone and asking them for money, according to the Bluffton Police Department.

Police said multiple reports had been made over the past week complaining that the two men, ages 61 and 32, were approaching lone women in the parking lots of grocery stores. They would claim they needed money for car repairs, which was false, Lt. Joe Babkiewicz said.

Officers arrested the pair Sunday as they were asking a woman for money, according to a news release. They were charged with loitering by begging and pandering, a misdemeanor.

The son also gave police a false name. Bluffton officers later discovered warrants were out for his arrest in the Charleston area, Babkiewicz said.

The father is being held at the Beaufort County Detention Center with bond set at $470. The son also is being held, with bond set at $940, and will be extradited to Charleston after he deals with local charges.

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