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BCSO reports: Tire inflation machine stolen from business
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From Bryan County Sheriff’s Office reports: 

Theft: A woman reported the theft “of a coin operated tire inflation machine,” from a Highway 204 convenience store at some point between 11 p.m. March 5 and 5 a.m. March 6. The deputy noted the theft could be related to another incident at the store.

That report said there was damage to the machine’s air compressor, and it appeared as if someone had cut the box containing money off with some sort of “cutting or grinding disc.” The damage was reported to be about $4,000.

Unreported accident: Deputies were sent to Mill Hill Road around 2:48 a.m. March 3 because a car had been driven into the marsh, became partially submerged and was stuck. A tow truck driver told deputies he got a call from the friend of the car’s owner, who said the owner didn’t seem right and might’ve been drunk.

The tow truck driver said he couldn’t get the car out, and the deputy saw the half sunk car. It looked like the driver had “failed to turn with the bend in the road and continued straight, running off of the roadway and into the marsh.”

When the deputy met with the car owner, “she would only respond with grunts, and telling me her address.” She also “was covered with what appeared to be vomit, her speech was slurred, and she could not tell me if she was injured when her vehicle went off the road.”

The woman’s father told deputies she’d been home about two hours prior to their arrival. The woman reportedly blew a .168. A wrecker service was called.

DUI, speeding: A deputy clocked a northbound car going 98 mph on Highway 17 around 2:30 a.m. March7 and conducted a traffic stop. The driver told the deputy he was trying to get to a girlfriend’s house in a hurry.

The driver’s speech was slurred, however, and he smelled of alcohol. There were also beer bottles in the car. The man also had a hard time walking and blew a .168. He was charged with DUI, speeding and open container.

Damage to property: An Ellabell man reported March 6 he called a company to come fix his pool table. The man said two men showed up, picked up the pool table and “broke the marble underneath the green cover and when he advised them of the damage the two guys left the work area and never returned,” a report said. “The workers left the pool table unfinished, fabric torn off the table, parts laying on the table and not put back together for playing.”

The man told the deputy he’s tried calling the company but they hang up on him. The deputy told him to get the name and address of the company and let BCSO know so it can be added to the report.

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