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The son of Benedict College’s Athletics Department has been accused of stealing a $3,200 grill – and the school’s administration has been accused of covering up the theft. The grill – owned by Columbia, S.C. native James Crawford – was loaned to Chad Washington (son of Benedict athletics director Willie…

The son of Benedict College’s Athletics Department has been accused of stealing a $3,200 grill – and the school’s administration has been accused of covering up the theft.

The grill – owned by Columbia, S.C. native James Crawford – was loaned to Chad Washington (son of Benedict athletics director Willie Washington) during a car and bike show at the school’s football stadium on July 4. It later mysteriously disappeared from behind a locked gate at the stadium.

Crawford filed a police report for his missing property on August 28 after getting “the run around” from both Washington and his father regarding the status of the grill. Since then, he says he’s been getting nothing but a “song and dance” from school leaders.

“A Benedict College employee took responsibility for this grill, locked it securely onto the college premises, and then failed to act in a timely manner to not only divulge the theft, but to report it as well,” Crawford wrote to Benedict President David Swinton earlier this month. “There were no signs of forced entry, i.e. cut locks, gates, or fencing, which would dictate someone had the key to this storage area.”

Crawford said he had a twenty-minute phone conversation with Swinton last week which “was pointless and went nowhere.”

Accordingly, he’s now pressing his case in the court system … and the court of public opinion.

BENEDICT THEFT POLICE REPORT (.pdf)

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7 comments

Smirks September 24, 2013 at 12:58 pm

Mistake #1: Lending your grill to someone at Benedict.

Just seems like there’s a ton of corruption surrounding that college.

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BillC123 September 24, 2013 at 1:09 pm

I find it surprising that a 20 minute conversation with Swinton was pointless and went nowhere. That’s shocking news.

Crawford said he had a twenty-minute phone conversation with Swinton last week which “was pointless and went nowhere.”
Read more at https://www.fitsnews.com/2013/09/24/pump-up-the-gas-grill-not/#LhGLwHAZJeCX1b6w.99

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TontoBubbaGoldstein September 24, 2013 at 1:59 pm

“The son of Benedict College’s Athletics Department…”

Must have been one hell of a party.

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Henry Mixmaster, Strongmayor September 24, 2013 at 2:20 pm

Just was getting to announce the Mayor’s Walk Against Marital Infidelity and the start of the E.W. Cromartie Center for Integrity and Taxation in the Public Interest.

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Uncle Remus September 24, 2013 at 7:04 pm

This is where Uncle Remus attended school. Graduated from USC however. Place is a mess. Lots of negroes down there. Had me’s a thinkin I was um negro.

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TontoBubbaGoldstein September 24, 2013 at 9:31 pm

This is where Uncle Remus attended school. Graduated from USC however.

Sorry to hear you dropped out of college.

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Columbiacitizen September 25, 2013 at 11:20 am

Well what do you expect? Look at the checkered past of the Coach It is riddled with cover up, corruption, and failing to comply with the law- remember the fire alarm debacle? The real estate back door deals?

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