Jan. 4 – A Richmond Hill man filed a report after alleging that someone entered his workshop and took a green toolbox that contained several tools that had belonged to his father. There were sockets, wrenches, and dies with large numbers. The man said he didn’t know when the items were taken, but estimated their value to cost around $400.
Theft by taking
Jan. 6 – An Ellabell resident said his tree stand was in place about a month ago, with a cable and lock on it. He said someone had shot the cable and took the tree stand, which also had the man’s name on it. It was a 15-foot, two person ladder stand valued at $200.
Jan. 4 – A man said sometime during the hours of 6:30 p.m. and 8 a.m., someone entered his unlocked vehicle, parked in his driveway, and took his Toshiba laptop, valued at around $800.The man said he would notify police of the computer’s serial number once he found the paperwork.
Jan. 2 – A traffic stop was initiated near Charles Shuman Road in Ellabell for an alleged tail light violation. Once pulled over, the driver told the deputy he had left his license at home, the report said. The deputy reported smelling alcohol but when he asked the driver, the man said he hadn’t had anything to drink. A run on the man’s name came back saying the man’s license was suspended for a DUI. He was arrested and put in the back of a patrol car. When questioned again about how much alcohol he had drunk, he reportedly said nothing. He was given a Breathalyzer test and reportedly blew a .099 and .100, he was charged with another DUI, given two citations and served with a warrant for probation violation.
Theft by deception
Jan. 2 – A Richmond Hill resident filed a deception report after seeing an ad on AutoTrader.com for a 2005 pickup truck for $15,500. The man called the owner on his cell phone, who identified himself as a Springfield, Ill., resident. He said he met the man in Chattanooga, Tenn., to trade the man his 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee and $6,500 in exchange for the truck on Jan. 2.
The man said when he returned to Richmond Hill, he tried to transfer the pickup’s title into his name at the tag office, but he the title number kept coming back to a different vehicle. He contacted the BCSO, who ran the truck’s VIN number, which came back to a stolen vehicle from Bibb County. The reporting deputy said he tried to contact the Chattanooga P.D. but had yet to get a call back from them.
The man’s Jeep Cherokee, valued at $9,000, is now listed as stolen.
Jan. 1 – A burglary was reported in Ellabell on Wilma Edwards Road after the complainant found the side door to his residence open, with the window busted out. All rooms within the home were reportedly ransacked. The homeowner said the only thing immediately found missing was a laptop and several credit cards from his wife’s purse, which had been in a drawer in their bedroom. The report was turned over to investigators.
Jan. 9 – A vehicle was reportedly driving down the middle of the southbound lanes on Hwy. 17 and was pulled over after it turned down Belfast Siding Road and continued to weave across the road, the report said.
The driver handed over a California driver’s license and a Georgia ID card and the deputy reported smelling alcohol coming from within the vehicle. A run on the man’s license revealed that he was a valid driver in California but his Georgia license had been suspended 11 times, most recently in October. The man reportedly failed the field sobriety test and was placed under arrest for a DUI and suspended license. When the deputy requested taking a BAC, the man only could say "I don’t understand," the report said.
The man was brought to the RHPD and again requested to take a breath test. He reportedly began cursing at the deputy, telling him he had passed all of his tests and he wasn’t going to take anymore. He was given citations for refusing to take the Breathalyzer, suspended license and failure to maintain his lane.