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Police K9 Bear Injury

Yesterday, January 29th 2018, one of the Hanahan Police Department’s working dogs, Bear –who is 14 months old and is a Malinois / Shephard mix, was injured in a training exercise.  Bear was training with other local K9 units from the area when he stepped on a vase that was broken.

Bear severed a tendon in his rear paw and cut his front paw on pieces of the broken vase.  Bear has undergone surgery and is currently at home with his handler healing.

Please keep Bear and his handler in your thoughts and prayers while he’s healing.

Crime Advisory: Theft & Fraud Suspect

The Hanahan Police Department needs the public’s assistance in identifying the individual in this picture. This individual is a suspect in an ongoing theft and fraud investigation being conducted by the police department. The suspect is a black male with a medium to large build and he was wearing hospital scrubs when our incident took place. He was also seen in the company of two young children and driving the above pictured vehicle during the incident.

If you have any information leading the identification of this individual, please contact Sgt. Jason Barbare of the Hanahan Police Department at 843.885.5014 or by email at

Vehicle Break-In’s

In 2017, there were 112 vehicle break-in incidents reported to the Hanahan Police Department. Over 90% of these reported incidents involved criminals rummaging through or stealing property from unlocked vehicles; there were also many police reports filed for firearms being stolen from vehicles. This is concerning since it is very common for a stolen firearm to be used in the commission of a violent crime, not only in our city, but in other jurisdictions, as well.

The police department is asking citizens to please make sure you are locking your vehicle when it is not in use. People who leave their vehicle unlocked greatly increase the odds of becoming a victim of a property crime. Be sure not to leave any valuables, such as cell phones, money, garage door openers, or keys in plain view. This creates crimes of opportunity. We also cannot stress enough the importance of removing firearms from your vehicle.

One of the core principals of community-oriented policing is a partnership between law enforcement and those they serve. If you ever hear or see something that seems suspicious, please call 911 immediately, so a police officer can investigate.

Chief Turner

York County Sheriff’s Office: Detective Mike Doty

The Hanahan Police Department is keeping the York County Sheriff’s Office in our thoughts and prayers tonight as they mourn the loss of Detective Micheal Doty.

Detective Doty was shot yesterday morning while responding to a domestic dispute and he succumbed to his injuries earlier this evening.

We are also praying for the recovery of the other two deputies and the police officer who were wounded during this incident and all of the families of these law enforcement officials.

Chief Turner

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