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Blotter: Woman reports two scams in one day
BCN Sheriff;s blotter

From Bryan County Sheriff’s Office reports:


Scam: Here’s a new one. A woman went to BCSO on July 16 to report that someone sent her information “about putting a Pepsi logo on her vehicle from an individual by the alleged name of April Wood. Wood said that she was a manager with the Pepsi Corporation. (Complainant) was going to be receiving a check but she said she told Wood that she hadn’t received a logo yet and she had never heard of getting paid before working.”

Then, the woman got a cashier’s check for $2,350 drawn on a California Bank from a California company. So she contacted Pepsi and was told the company doesn’t pay people to put the Pepsi logo on their vehicles.

She showed detectives the check, which had been sent priority mail from a Nevada address with instructions to text a man with an Idaho area code along with her full name, check amount and check number. The woman said she then got a text from the same man, only with a Pennsylvania area code “about the status of the check and for her to text back asap.”

She went to BCSO instead.


Scam, part two: The woman who reported the Pepsi scam also told deputies on July 16 “she received an email in reference to secret shopping at Walmart.”

The woman said she got a cashier’s check on June 7 for $986, and was told to deposit it, then wire $786 to a woman in North Carolina and keep the rest to shop with.

“She said she told (a man who called her about the check) that she wasn’t doing anything until she received survey paperwork. She said he told her that if she thought she was messing with him that he would cancel the check and terminate her contract. (She) said that she told him to do so. (She) didn’t deposit the check and isn’t out any money.”


Kids on golf carts, part 1: A deputy was sent to July 10 to the Zip-In gas station on Highway 144 “concerning shoplifting.” There, he met with the store manager, who said a juvenile boy took three packs of E-cigarette cartridges and then rode off on a golf cart with other juveniles toward either the Oxford or Strathy Hall subdivision. Another deputy found an empty cartridge pack in Oxford, and the complainant was given a case number. Later, she reported the boy’s father “found out what had happened and came in to her store to pay for the JUUL E-Cigarette cartridges. She stated that since she received the money for the cartridges everything was fine,” the report said.


Kids and golf carts, part two: A South Bryan stable owner reported July 12 that three kids on a golf cart were trespassing on his property. “(His) concern is the safety of the juveniles because he has several bulls with their horns.”

The deputy talked to the kids and to one of the parents, who was made “aware of the situation,” and the complainant said that would work and he didn’t want a report.


Theft: Deputies went to a Neal Road address on July 14 in response to a “stolen metal carport.” There, they met the complainant, a property manager who said the former residents took the carport with them. She found this out when she went to inspect the property. “Upon arrival, she immediately noticed the metal carport was missing and the house, garage and yard was scattered with garbage.”

The woman did know where the former residents live, and told the deputy.


Matter of record: A deputy was flagged down July 14 at the Rathlin Road swimming pool in Buckhead because “someone had pulled down the baseball batting cage next to the ball field,” a report said.

The deputy checked the field and saw it had recently been graded, and there were no shoeprints, only “tire tracks from a tractor.”

The deputy reported that the cage “had been pushed down with some type of heavy equipment,” his report said. “The cage support posts and netting were together in one pile, along with grass from the area. The same tractor tire tracks from the ball field were located in the area of the batting cage. It appears that the tractor that graded the field also pushed down the batting cage.”


No license: A deputy responding to the intersection of Belfast River and Belfast Keller roads around 1:37 a.m. July 12 found a black pickup sideways in a ditch.

The deputy then met the driver, who handed over a Georgia ID card. “(He) advised he was mud bogging and got stuck.”
He also didn’t have a license. so je was arrested. The truck is registered to the man’s mother, by the way.


Theft: An Oxford Drive woman reported someone went into her car at some point between 4 p.m. July 11 and 6:30 a.m. July 12.

“(She) advised that a round silver tire gauge and a pair of large craft scissors were stolen from her vehicle.”


Theft: A Pembroke man reported July 12 that “last Thursday he noticed his 380 pistol was missing from the glove box of his girlfriend’s car. There have been several thefts in the area of Sims Road over the course of the last few months and (he) suspects that this item was taken by the same characters. (He) states that he saw the weapon approximately two weeks ago.”


Criminal trespass: Deputies were sent July 12 to a Wade Carter Road address regarding a dispute between boyfriend and girlfriend. Here’s the narrative.

“Upon arrival (girlfriend) was saying she wanted the (boyfriend) out of the house because he was being rude, hateful and threatening. She said she has been staying with him and he was telling his daughter he ain’t her daddy and making her upset and he just got out of prison. When she was informed that was his house and he just couldn’t be thrown out because she wanted him out …. (She) then said he had struck her in the eye, at the time of the report I could see no marks or evidence of swelling. When I would not throw him out or arrest him she decided she did not want a report and said that Bryan County was covering for him since they knew him.”

Deputies were later called back to the same address, this time by the boyfriend.

“(He) stated after I had left she waited a few minutes forced her way into the house got her children’s clothing and hers, then threw bleach on his bed and his clothes and then she left in a car that had a flat tire. He then pointed out where she had gone to and I went over there to speak with her. She was not on scene her vehicle was there but she had gotten a ride out of the area with her children.”

The boyfriend was told how to press charges.


Prowling: Deputies were sent to a Bodaford Road address around 9 p.m. July 15. There, they learned the complainant “looked outside and saw a (white male) sitting on his front porch. He confronted the (white male) and told him to leave. The (white male) left, leaving behind a plastic bag containing clothes and carry out food containers.”

The complainant then said “this is the third time he has found this (white male) sitting on his porch. The first time was on Feb. 14 around 9 p.m. The (white male) said he was looking for Sean. (Complainant) told the (white male) that no one named Sean lives there. The second time was on Feb. 15 around 2 p.m. the (white male) was back on his porch. (Complainant) told the (white male) to leave and not to return.”

Except the man did, and the complainant said he was concerned for his family’s safety.

So, deputies went out and found the white male, who was identified. He was asked why he had been at the complainant’s house, and “(He) advised that he was looking for Sean. (He) could not give any other information about Sean nor any justifiable reason for being at (complainant’s) house. (He) was intoxicated. (He) has never lived at (the complainant’s address). (Complainant) has lived at that address for two years.”

The man was arrested for prowling.





 Compiled by Jeff Whitten

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