Swansea, SC (Paul Kirby) - Amos Albertson took a step in the direction of reform Thursday afternoon when he did the right thing and turned himself in to Swansea police officers. Albertson was wanted for breaking into and stealing change from a coin operated machine at the Swansea laundromat.
Swansea police officers had taken to social media earlier in the week to enlist the community's help in identifying the thief who broke into and stole change from the Easter Egg vending machine at the laundromat. The community quickly responded making tips that helped officers identify Albertson as the culprit. Then, officers took to social media to give Albertson an ultimatum reminiscent of the Old West. He was to surrender himself by midnight Saturday night or face the music, and the warrant, for what he had done. When the heat was on, Albertson folded and surrendered.
An officer with the Swansea Police Department said Thursday evening that there was little question that Albertson’s public shaming nudged him to do the right thing. Sgt. Stone said after confirming that Albertson had shown up at the police station at the agreed upon time that the department wanted to once again thank the public for their help with the case of the stolen Easter Egg money. “Hopefully, the machine can be repaired or replaced so it will continue to bring a little joy to the children of the Swansea area for many more years to come. If a child has to spend time at the laundromat with their guardian, it sure can help keep them occupied and happy. Amos messed up and he knows it. Now he's going to have to make things right.”
eep them occupied and happy. Amos messed up and he knows it. Now he's going to have to make things right.”