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Two caught stealing wood for tree house
Crime reports for May 7
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The following are taken from reports are from the Richmond Hill Police Department and Bryan County Sheriff’s Department:

Theft, wanted person
A tree house led to a person being locked up. Sort of.
It started April 30 when an RHPD officer responded to a construction site where a contractor reported two people were taking wood from a dumpster without permission. The officer spoke to the men who took the wood, and they “stated they were taking the wood so that they may build a tree house (for one of the men’s children).”
The complainant didn’t want to prosecute but wanted the wood back. The two men “returned the wood to the dumpster and apologized stating they would ask permission next time,” the report said.
But then the officer ran the names of the two men through dispatch and it turned out one was wanted in Chatham County. He was arrested.

Matter of record
On April 30 around 8 p.m. the Richmond Hill Fire Department responded to a fire alarm at a business. There was no fire, but firefighters didn’t know that at the time.
“There was in fact an audible fire alarm present in the building along with a flashing emergency signal,” wrote an RHPD officer who also responded. “After repeated attempts to gain entry into the building by using the provided fire department lock box as well as attempting to contact a key-holder through Bryan County Dispatch, the RHFD was able to make a forced entry into the building through the front doors to ascertain the source of the alarm.”
That’s when they discovered it was a false alarm, so RHFD reset the alarm and closed the front doors. But they wouldn’t lock, evidently. Or, as the officer put it: “Due to the forcible entry into the building, the door was unable to be traditionally secured with the bolt mechanism.”
They made do. “A pair of RHPD department issued handcuffs belong to (a sergeant) were utilized on the inside of the door to secure the double doors together.” Police were then able to find the office manager and let her know what happened.
Criminal trespass
The pastor of a Pembroke church called the Bryan County Sheriff’s Department on Sunday to report “someone had cut the copper tubing … from two A/C units at the church where he is the pastor. Complainant stated that one unit is on the backside of the church and the other is on the side.”
The deputy saw where tubing had been removed and that it had caused a loss of “all the Freon in the units,” the report said. The pastor wanted the report so he could file an insurance claim.
The deputy told him “when the copper tubing is cut … that the offender or offenders may return to steal the A/C units at a later date and time.”
On April 29 a deputy was sent to a Richmond Hill address regarding someone “damaging the trash can and recycle can from this residence and three neighboring residences.”
One complainant told the deputy “someone hit his cans around 12:30 a.m. this date. He said a noise was heard around that time and this morning they found the trash and the trash cans all over the place.”
A neighbor who also was hit by the trash can assassins said “when he got this morning he discovered his trash and recycle cans damaged and trash thrown everywhere.”
A third victim said she thought someone might have hit hers with a vehicle. In all, four residences were impacted by whoever was responsible.

First, breaking up can be hard to do.
Just ask the man who called BCSD on April 28 to report his ex-girlfriend wasn’t quite ready to be an “ex.”
“(Complainant) stated (offender) came to his residence and made threats toward him and his visitor … (Complainant) stated she was upset because he had (visitor) at his residence and she felt they hadn’t ended their relationship yet.”
The man also said that “about a week ago” his ex-girlfriend showed up at his house “and took a shop vac from his storage area and set it on fire in the yard.”
The man wanted a report made “in case she returns and causes more trouble.”
Second, sometimes reports can be a little hard to interpret to those who don’t know the story. Like this one, from April 28:
“(Complainant) wished to make a matter of record in reference to (redacted) threatened him after there was an argument between him and (redacted) who was moving out of his residence and being helped by (redacted). N/F”
N/F is short for “nothing further.”

On April 28, a deputy was sent to a Richmond Hill address regarding a possible scam. He met with the complainant, who said he got a phone call and let it go to voice mail. When he listed to the voicemail he called the number back and the caller asked him to verify his address.
“(Complainant) also stated that (the caller) messed up and then explained he was running a scam and tried to recruit (complainant) to help with the scam,” the report said. “(Complainant) then told (caller) he was crazy and disconnected the call.”
The complainant gave police the man’s number.
Unfortunately, the following scam seems to remain in circulation.
On April 29, a Pembroke woman told a deputy someone called and told her he was with the Bryan County Sheriff’s Department and she needed to buy a money card for $810 because they had a warrant to arrest her for not showing up for jury duty. The woman bought the card but didn’t give the man the card information and instead went to BCSD, where she gave the scammer’s contact info to the deputy.
“I was able to make contact with this subject using (complainant’s) cell phone in an attempt to set up a meeting with this subject. This subject became very irate using vulgar language then hung the phone up.”
The deputy told the woman it was a scam and “that the Bryan County Sheriff’s Office does not have (the name of the man used by the scammer) and not to give him any money.”

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