Recent reports filed with the Richmond Hill Police include:
• An officer, sent to a Carter Street home regarding the theft of an $800 money order, cleared the case quickly, albeit with a little help from the complainant’s wife.
Police were called when the complainant couldn’t’ find the money order he said he’d placed in a nightstand by his bed and no one else in the house knew what had happened to it.
The officer asked if the complainant wanted to check around the nightstand one more time before he filed an “official report of a theft,” and the complainant’s wife “stated she had already told him to look under the night stand but he had not.”
The man looked. The money order was under the nightstand. Case closed.
• Two officers were sent to a shoplifting call at Dollar General on Highway 17. There, they met with the store manager and the reported shoplifter, a 60-year-old Richmond Hill woman “who had no previous criminal history at all.”
“At the time the store manager had recovered some property and had observed on the video that (the woman) had removed the tags,” the report said. “(The manager) was in the process of having (the woman) assist her in locating the removed tags for a multi-colored lanyard.”
While walking through the store, “(the woman) then attempted to throw a sticker tag into a coffee cup on a shelf above her head. It was recovered and the item she was fumbling with in her sweat shirt pocket was recovered, which was a roll of black electrical tape that matched the tag she had just attempted to discard.”
The officer then noticed the woman’s open purse “showed several other items that she attempted to push back inside. I stopped her and began to remove her purse from her to prevent her from removing any more tags.”
Eventually, police had to put the woman in handcuffs, take her to the manager’s office and pat her down, at which time a container of Crazy Glue was found in her sweatshirt pocket. An inspection of her purse resulted in the recovery of air freshener, Orajel and Secret deodorant. The manager also said she had recovered two Valentine’s Day cards from the woman.
The stuff cost $20.76 with tax. Because she had a clean record, the woman was cited, banned from the store and given a court date.
• An officer was sent to Clyde’s around 1 p.m. to deal with a report of a “possible Alzheimer’s subject who had been picked up on the roadway and was now at Clyde’s Market,” a report said.
The officer met with the complainant, a Savannah woman who picked up a pedestrian on Highway 17 because “she was concerned about the subject and wanted to get her help.”
The “subject” knew what day it was and where she was and had a previous encounter with (another RHPD officer) several weeks prior,” the report said. “She provided a birth certificate and New York identification card. No medical-alert identifiers or next of kin information was on her person. Her only belongings were in her purse, and she stated her clothes were left on a bus.”
The woman said she had come South for the winter and was heading back to Manhattan.
The RHPD officer contacted the New York Police Department and learned the woman was in their system, but there was no other information available. The officer was asked to give the woman a ride to the Salvation Army Emergency Shelter, where the staff was familiar with her. The woman didn’t stick around there, either, though.
The woman departed the facility on her own accord after being transported. A Savannah Chatham Metro Police Department officer in the area as notified of the situation, the report said.