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Broken headlights lead to drug possession, suspended license, obstruction charges

From Bryan County Sheriff’s Office and Richmond Hill Police Department incident reports:

June 2
Prowler — A Richmond Hill woman called 911 to report that someone was trying to enter the back door of her home.
The woman said her husband and daughter were in the bathroom and could hear the back-door handle jiggling and the dog in the backyard barking. Deputies searched the area but could not find a prowler.

June 1
Armed robbery — Deputies responded to a report of an armed robbery at Black Creek General Store in Ellabell.
A store clerk stated that she was cleaning inside the store when she heard several loud bangs, later determined to be gunshots, to a store door. She hit the panic button and tried to hide when she heard footsteps in the store.
The clerk said an armed man saw her hiding, put a gun to her head and ordered her to open a couple of drawers. He demanded she open the safe, but she could not because she did not have a key.
The man ran out the same door he had shot in, according to the report. Deputies reviewed surveillance video and saw a silver or white SUV or hatchback-style vehicle at the store around the time of the robbery.

June 1
Fraud — A Pembroke man went to the Bryan County Sheriff’s Office to report an identity theft.
The man said he was alerted by Experian Credit that someone used his persona- identification information to obtain a credit-card through Capital One. The victim contacted Capital One’s fraud unit to flag his information in their system, and the BCSO gave him a case number to provide to Experian and Capital One.

May 31
Drug possession, suspended license, obstruction — BCSO deputies stopped a pickup with no working taillights on Highway 280 near the Pembroke city limits. The driver said he didn’t have his license on him, and he gave a false name and date of birth to the officers.
The driver smelled of alcohol and brushed what appeared to be marijuana from the front of his clothing. Inside the truck, deputies found pieces of marijuana and a type of paper used to smoke marijuana.
As the driver was being handcuffed, he tried to swallow items he had been holding in his right hand. When a struggle with the deputies ensued, he took the objects — two small bags of marijuana packaged for distribution — out of his mouth and threw them.
The driver was booked on multiple charges, including possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of drug-related objects, obstruction, DUI (refused test) and driving with a suspended license.

May 31
DUI, hit-and-run — A woman reported that her SUV was damaged in a hit-and-run in the parking lot of Jukebox Bar and Grill in Richmond Hill.
A witness stated that he saw a white Chevy Silverado pickup truck hit the woman’s vehicle and leave the scene. The Silverado and its driver were located at Ashton Apartments.
The driver told officers he didn’t realize he had hit another vehicle. He said he left the parking lot in a hurry because he had gotten into an argument with two other men who were “trying to attack him” and were “banging on the driver window and trying to damage his vehicle to get him out of it,” according to the report.
The driver was charged with driving under the influence and failure to report an accident. No charges related to the altercation were filed because of insufficient evidence.

May 30
Attempted burglary — Deputies responded to an alarm at the Zip-N Foods convenience store in Richmond Hill. They noticed damage to a door and a wire fence.
Surveillance video showed a man running from Fort McAllister Road toward the store. He jumped, apparently trying to hit the security camera, and attempted to break a lock on a door. He was unable to enter the store.

May 30
Drug possession — A Midway man on felony probation for prior cocaine and marijuana arrests was charged with drug possession.
An RHPD officer found cocaine and marijuana in a room at Motel 6 in Richmond Hill, where the man was staying. He told the officer the drugs belonged to him.

May 30
Suspended license, no insurance — A Pembroke man the BCSO knows to have a suspended license was pulled over at highways 280 and
204 in Ellabell. The man said he didn’t have a driver’s license but was only making a quick run to the store, the report states. The deputy smelled alcohol on the man’s breath and noticed his eyes were bloodshot. He was charged with driving with a suspended license, no insurance, suspended registration and DUI (refused test).

May 30
Theft — A man reported that his crab traps were taken from Tivoli Bridge Fishing Pier. The man said he had left the traps in the water, tied to the pier. When he returned, he saw another man loading the crab traps into a vehicle.
The victim confronted the man, who “became aggressive by bowing up to him.” The alleged thief drove away on Belfast Keller Road toward Highway 144.
A witness said the unknown man had retrieved the crab traps “as if he owned them.” The complainant said the traps were full of crabs, but the witness said only one crab was in one trap.

May 28
Drug possession — Two RHPD officers on a bicycle patrol of Richmond Place subdivision smelled burnt marijuana as they passed two pedestrians. The officers questioned the two men, who both denied having or smoking marijuana.
However, as they were being questioned, one of the men tossed to the ground an item that the officers confirmed to be a marijuana blunt. The man was charged with possession of less than 1 ounce of marijuana.
The bicycle patrol was in response to complaints the RHPD has received of drug use, vandalism and thefts from vehicles in Richmond Place.

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