Man throws child’s ashes in trash after breaking into ex’s house: report
MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) – A man is facing charges in connection with an investigation into a Monday night burglary in Mount Pleasant.
Joseph Scott Oberlies, 34, was charged with first degree burglary and destruction or removal of human remains.
Mount Pleasant Police Department officers responded to Dingle Road at 7 p.m.
A woman told officers that two days earlier her ex-boyfriend came into her house when she was not there.
Video recorded from a doorbell camera showed Oberlies, who was on bail for previous charges, going in and out of the house, according to an incident report. Police say Oberlies had already been warned that trespassing on the property could result in his arrest.
Officers asked the victim what Oberlies had done inside the house, she said he took a hammer and damaged her flat-screen TV. The suspect also took the victim’s child’s ashes, removed the top and threw them in the trash, according to police. The deceased child was not shared between the suspect and the victim.
Police said the victim feared for his safety and that of his children. she told officers, “I’m afraid he would have killed us if we were here,” the incident report said.
Investigators say the victim wants to press charges but fears possible reprisals from the suspect. While still at the scene, the victim showed officers a text from the suspect that read, ‘Please don’t press charges, I will pay for everything I broke,’ the report said. .
The woman told police she was going to call Unemployed to get an emergency restraining order against the suspect.
When asked if he remembered damaging any property, Oberlies said “he was drunk and didn’t remember,” according to the report.
Oberlies was booked at Al Cannon Detention Center. He posted $60,000 bond.
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