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Police blotter: Man charged with switching laptops at Sam’s Club – Spartanburg Herald

Brendal Scott Epling, 23, of 537 Lucerne St., was charged with obtaining property under false pretense after it was discovered that he allegedly replaced a new computer with a broken one, resealed the box to make it appear as though it had never been opened and then returned it to the store.

According to an incident report, a woman purchased a Hewlett-Packard Pavilion laptop computer from Sam’s Club on Wednesday.

When she got home and opened the box, she discovered that it contained a Hewlett-Packard laptop and power cord but no protective packaging. She then noticed smudges on a cracked screen and discovered that the computer already had been used, the report stated.

After the woman returned the broken computer to Sam’s Club, store management reviewed surveillance video and transaction histories based on the serial number on the box.

It was discovered that Epling had returned a computer to the store on Feb. 8, a few days after purchasing one. Store management later found out that Epling had registered the broken computer’s serial number through Hewlett-Packard, the report stated.

When deputies arrived at Epling’s home to serve a warrant for his arrest, the new laptop was sitting on an entertainment center in the living room. Epling was allowed to remove a homemade CD-ROM before the computer was seized.

Epling was released Saturday from the Spartanburg Detention Center on a $2,130 bond.

Four Charlotte, N.C., men were arrested Friday afternoon and charged with illegally soliciting money from motorists at the intersection of Highway 29 and Franklin Avenue in Spartanburg.

According to an incident report, the men were standing in the median, holding buckets containing large amounts of change and cash along with fliers for Miracle House of Hope when deputies arrived at the scene.

The report stated that deputies repeatedly have warned members of the organization that soliciting is illegal.

The men charged were Christopher Dane Herwerth, 20; Paul Deese Womack, 47; Kevin Eugene Lail, 47; and David Jonathan King, 22.

All money raised by the men was confiscated, the report stated.

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