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Crime reports for July 2

The following incidents are from Bryan County Sheriff’s Department and Richmond Hill Police Department reports.

Simple assault
A Bryan County Sheriff’s Department deputy went to the Richmond Hill Police Department to take this June 24 report from a man who said he was “struck by a water bottle while riding his bicycle on Harris Trail Extension.” The victim said he was inside the bike lane when a driver in a white pickup threw “a water bottle that struck the top of his helmet.”
The cyclist couldn’t provide a tag number, though he did give the deputy the make of the pickup and noted it had lots of stickers on the back window. He declined to prosecute, just wanted authorities to know there was a jerk out there.

Matter of record
A BCSD deputy responding June 24 to a report of a dog bite found something else entirely — street signs that weren’t where they were supposed to be.
“The signs on the post were Page (Road) and J.R. (Drive), and those streets are located in the Lakes of Black Creek subdivision, not in the area where the sign was located.”
What’s more, the signs were “laying on a trailer beside the drive leading back to the house,” the deputy reported. “After leaving from that scene I went to the Lakes and found that the sign at that corner was missing, and the sign was a match for the rest of the street signs in the Lakes area.”
The deputy reported it to a detective who “was going to try and do a follow up to see if the Lakes had a H.O.A. and see if they had any signs stolen or mislaid.”

On June 19, an officer was sent to Dollar General where the complainant – a store employee – had a man with her.
She told the officer she “witnessed (the man) place a NOS Energy Drink in his pocket and attempt to exit the store. (Complainant) stated she then confronted (the man) and he admitted to attempting to steal the NOS Energy Drink.”
The officer then spoke with the man, who gave police a Savannah address and “admitted to me that he put the energy drink into his pocket and attempted to walk out of the store without paying for it.”
The drink cost $2.06. The store employee told the officer she’d be able to “resell the item,” the report said.
The man was cited and given a court date.
And then this reportedly occurred way back on May 28 in Ellabell, though BCSD blacked out the name of the business.
“Complainant stated that a subject .. entered the store while she was busy,” the report began. “Complainant stated that the W/M (white male) subject walked around the store acting strange. Complainant stated that the … subject then left the store and the complainant observed the subject pouring two bottles of Radiator Stop Leak into the radiator of a (SUV). Complainant stated that the subject then came back into the store and told the complainant that he wanted $5 worth of gas and handed her $5. He then went back to his vehicle at pump No. 4, pumped his gas and drove off without paying for the Radiator Stop Leak.”
Only $5 in gas. The man couldn’t have gotten very far. The Stop Leak was valued at $4,99 each, according to the report. The vehicle was registered to a Savannah resident, but the registration had expired and it didn’t have insurance.

No insurance
A Richmond Hill Police Department officer ran the tag number on a car driving on Mulberry Drive on June 17 and learned “the vehicle in question had no insurance and the registration was expired. So, the officer “initiated a traffic stop” in the parking lot of Auto Zone and talked with the driver, a teen who said “he was aware and was going to pay it Friday,” the report said.
The officer then asked dispatch for the next available wrecker and as he waited the driver “advised that his father was attempting to put the vehicle on his policy.”
They waited some more.
“After waiting for some time (the driver) advised that he wasn’t going to be able to acquire insurance at which time I again asked for (the next available wrecker),” the officer reported.
The wrecker showed and began to tow the car. The driver, however, “decided to leave the scene without being released.”
“Luckily (another officer) acquired his phone number prior to him leaving the scene. I contacted (the teen) and advised him he needed to return to the scene immediately to receive his citations and information left behind.”
Kids can be hardheaded, though: “After some debate (the teen) advised that he was turning around and would meet with me at the police department to receive his citations.”
Then he changed his mind.
“As of this date, (the teen has not come or met with me at the police department …” the report ended. “I advised (the court clerk) and she advised me she would mail the citations. (The teen) would no longer answer my phone calls.”

Criminal trespass
Police were called to the A-1 Motel June 21 regarding the “owner dealing with an irate female.”
The owner told the responding RHPD officer that “he has been attempting to speak with and calm down the female in question … in efforts to keep the peace. (But) after multiple attempts he had enough and no longer wanted her on the property and never wants her to return.”
The owner said the woman “was going around banging on every single door causing a scene while customers were on the car lot as well.”
The officer tried to tell the woman she was going to get a warning for criminal trespass, but that didn’t work.
“She became irate (and) began to go on a rant about her needing her keys amongst other things,” the officer reported, noting he tried to calm the woman down and tell her the owner wanted her off the property.
No dice.
“(Woman) began a rant stating that the police department was being paid by (the owner) in some conspiracy theory.”
The officer filled out the criminal trespass warnings and gave a copy to both the complainant and the woman.

A resident of Ashton Apartments told RHPD someone burglarized her apartment June 28 – and she suspected it was a former resident or someone who has a key because there was no sign of forced entry.
The woman said whoever it was took her Dell laptop and “this is not the first time her residence/apartment has been burglarized since she moved in.”
The woman, who said she only recently moved in, “advised that within a few days of moving into the apartment the same incident occurred but the items taken were a majority of her food from her cabinets,” the report said, noting she does want to prosecute.

Property damage
An RHPD officer was dispatched June 21 to Rhett Lane “in reference to a busted fire hydrant.”
Once there, the officer spoke with a worker for a tree service who “advised he was holding onto a huge tree branchy after it was cut from the tree and the branch swung down and struck the fire hydrant located (at the Rhett Drive address.).”
The worker then said “once the fire hydrant was struck, water shot up from under the ground.”
Police got hold of dispatch to request Braddy Enterprises – the private company that now does public works for the city – to “respond so we could shut the water off.”
“Water began to accumulate in neighboring yards but the only damage caused was to the water pipe itself under the fire hydrant.”
A Braddy employee showed up “approximately 30 minutes” later and was able to shut the water off. A Georgia Power worker also stopped by “due to possible water damage to the electrical box located behind the fire hydrant.”
On June 20, a woman with a Laurel Hill Circle address reported to RHPD she believed Waste Management damaged her mailbox and trash can “with the arm on their truck when they picked up the trash on Wednesday.”
The officer saw the damage but couldn’t “locate any damage on the post that supports the mailbox which would have suggested a vehicle could have struck it. It appeared the trash truck may have hit the mailbox with the trash can causing the two to sustain damage.”

Marijuana possession
An RHPD officer stopped a car on Highway 17 after midnight June 20 when the driver apparently did some suspicious driving around Osprey Drive and Harris Trail. As he was speaking with the driver and her passengers,  the officer “smelled the odor of marijuana emitting from the vehicle.”
The officer then checked through the Georgia Crime Information Computer the ID of the driver and her passenger — and “noticed a fraud alert on (the male passenger’s) driver’s license,” he reported.
The officer waited until backup arrived, then “deployed my K-9 partner, Aba, and instructed her to sniff the exterior of the vehicle.”
The dog reportedly alerted on the seam of the rear passenger-side door. The officer began searching the passenger, who “cooperated until I asked him to remove his shoes.”
That ended the cooperation, at least temporarily. After handcuffing the man, the officer “placed (him) in my vehicle and attempted to remove his shoes,” the report said. “(The man) moved away from me and refused to take off his shoes.”
So, the officer “pointed my Taser X-26 at (the man) and told him that he would be tased if he did not comply. (The man) quickly began following directions.”
Police reportedly found a baggie of pot in the man’s shoe. It weighed 30.4 grams, the report said. He was arrested, but that’s not quite all. At some point during this the officer was contacted by an investigator with the Department of Driver Services, and she told him the man was supposed to meet with her but never showed. And another passenger with the same surname as the man told the officer she believed the subject’s last name was actually his last name, the report said.

Matter of record
On June 27, an RHPD officer patrolling Highway 17 saw a car “failing to maintain its lane in front of my vehicle.”
Basically, from the description in the report it appears the car was pretty much all over the ropad, so the officer pulled him over.
“As I exited my vehicle and approached the (car) on the driver’s side I detected a strong odor which based on my training and experience I have associated it to be green marijuana,” the officer reported.
He explained to the driver why he’d pulled him over. More police arrived. They asked for permission to search the car. It was given and police found “a very small amount of marijuana … on the floorboard and between the front seats.”
Police also found “numerous debit cards belonging to persons other than (the driver and his sole passenger). When asked about the cards  … (the driver) stated that they belonged to friends who had left them in the vehicle, adding that he was unaware that they were in the vehicle.”
Also found were two digital scales “commonly used to weigh narcotics,” the report said. It, along with the debit cards and an ID card, were confiscated with the officer telling the driver his friends could pick them their debit cards at RHPD. The driver was cited and released.

Illegal dumping,
On June 28, RHPD officers were sent to investigate “a call of illegal dumping behind the Thunderbird Road Industrial Park.”
There, they met with the complainant, who said ‘businesses and private individuals were dumping debris in a dumpster placed for (his company’s) private use, and had been doing so for some time.”
The man then provided police with a cardboard box with a local address, and then another local business owner was identified and both were contacted and “recovered” their property. The complainant was happy with that.

False alarm
Finally, shortly before 8 a.m. on June 27 an officer responded to an alarm call at the KFC on Highway 17. “Upon arrival I made contact with (the food service delivery driver) … who indicated that he observed and employee enter in to the building," the officer report.
The officer then “made contact with the morning shift manager … (who) indicated that he had accidentally entered the wrong alarm code, inadvertently setting off the alarm. I did not observe any indicators of criminal activity.”

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