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Crime reports for May 22
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The following are from Bryan County Sheriff’s Department and Richmond Hill Police Department initial incident reports:

Criminal trespass
This report raises at least a couple questions, not least of which is why the woman’s dog was in the shelter in the first place.
We’re getting ahead of ourselves, though.
According to a May 15 report, a Bryan County Sheriff’s Department deputy was sent to the Bryan County Animal Shelter in Richmond Hill to take a report of trespass. The complainant “stated there was a message on the answering machine at the shelter from a subject,” the report said.
“After the subject stopped talking on the machine she forgot to hang up her phone. In her message you can hear her jump the fence at the animal shelter and walk up to the dog kennels trying to get her dog out. She was not able to get the dog out.”
The complainant wanted the report made “as a matter of record.”

Theft by taking
A Pembroke woman reported May 14 that she wanted a deputy to escort her to pick up her vehicle, which was no longer in her possession due to, well, the following:
“(Complainant) stated that she owned the listed vehicle and had been letting (someone) drive the vehicle prior to his passing away the week prior,” the reporting deputy wrote. “She stated that she went to pick up the vehicle and (someone else) had taken it and hidden it, possibly in Alma, Georgia, and refused to return it claiming that he wanted it for himself.”
That fellow “has no legal claim to the vehicle what so ever and is not even licensed to drive, according to the complainant,” the report said.
The woman was issued a case number and told how to get a copy of the incident report. The vehicle was listed as stolen.

A May 18 boat trip to Beaufort turned bad for one Mill Hill Road family.
A BCSD deputy was called to the home, where he met with homeowners who said they returned to find their home had been ransacked.
Taken was about $400 in miscellaneous coins, jewelry and a brand new Samsung laptop still in the box. The woman’s Mercedes kept in the garage “appeared to have been plundered through as well.”
The folks told the deputy they “left the sliding garage door and door leading from the garage into the residence unsecured.”   
The good news: Deputies apparently found fingerprints on the Mercedes and inside the house.

Driving offenses
If you’re going to drive without a license, you might want to make sure your stuff works.
On May 15, a Richmond Hill Police Department officer spotted a work truck heading north on Highway 17 near I-95. Its tail lights didn’t work, so the officer pulled the vehicle over.
“I made a driver side approach and identified myself and the reason for the stop,” the officer reported. “The driver … began fumbling around for his driver’s license when I requested it and the vehicle papers. He finally produced me a South Carolina identification card. I inquired (whether) he had a valid driver’s license. He stated, ‘No, child support got me.’”
Turns out the two passengers in the truck didn’t have valid driver’s licenses either. It also turned out this was the driver’s third offense of driving with a suspended license. He was arrested.

Matter of record
Police get all kinds of calls. Like this one:
On May 13 an RHPD officer was sent to deal with a civil issue. There, he spoke with a woman who said she had been renting a room for about three weeks from a woman.
“I was advised that just prior to my arrival today the homeowner … locked (the complainant) out of the residence and turned out the lights,” the officer reported. “(Complainant) said that (homeowner) may have been drinking alcoholic beverages. (Complainant) was able to regain access to the residence. (Complainant) requested a report to document the incident.”
The officer also tried to talk to the homeowner, “but she refused to come to the door,” he reported.

On May 14 around midnight, an officer was sent to a motel room on Highway 17 regarding “a subject requesting police presence.”
There, the officer the spoke with a man who “stated that two of his friends were in an argument and he thought that they may get into a physical altercation.”
The man also said he and his friends are construction workers employed at the Caesarstone construction site. Let’s call them Friend A and Friend B.
The officer then went to the room to talk to Friend A, who “stated that he (and Friend B) were drinking alcohol and began to argue earlier this evening in the parking lot located at the rear of the (motel). (Friend A) said he eventually left the argument to turn in for the night. (Friend A) said (Friend B) knocked on his room door and began to argue with him again. (Friend A) said he punched (Friend B) and went back to bed.”
The officer went to talk to Friend B, who had the same story.
“Both parties seemed calm. Both parties were staying in separate rooms away from each other. Both parties refused EMS, neither party wished to prosecute,” the officer reported. “The two were told to stay apart.”

More fun from local motels:
Around 5:40 p.m. May 11, an officer was sent to a different motel on Highway 17, where he met the desk clerk.
“According to (clerk), the (offender) had been at the pool drinking alcoholic beverages for approximately the whole day. (Clerk) stated that when the maintenance man arrived home from his job, he approached (offender) in the lobby of the hotel and asked why he had been giving his girlfriend drinks all day by the pool.”
“(Clerk) stated at this time, (offender) attempted to strike (boyfriend) by swinging his fist at (boyfriend’s) head. (Clerk) stated that (offender) missed and (boyfriend) pushed him off.”
The offender then went to his room and called the cops, which resulted in the officer being at the motel. He asked the boyfriend for his side of the story and got the same thing.
The officer then interviewed the offender, who “was highly intoxicated and stated that he called police as (clerk) was calling police.”
The offender also said he didn’t know the boyfriend, but when he approached him “he was in self-defense mode and took a swing at (the boyfriend) but missed.”
The officer had apparently had enough.
“I advised (offender) this was the second time that police had been called to the (motel) on this date for him attempting to fight someone,” the report said. “I placed (offender) under arrest for disorderly conduct.”

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