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Women receives suspicious package from inmate
Recent crime reports

From Bryan County Sheriff’s Office and Richmond Hill Police Department incident reports.

April 19
• An RHPD officer was sent to a Blue Wing Drive address around 10 a.m. to check on a report of animal cruelty.
The complainant said his neighbor has a dog that cries and barks all the time, and “this time, the nuisance started last night, continued through the night and is still going on now,” the report says. The officer noted that he heard it, too, as he went to check on the dog, which was tied to tree in the backyard.
The complainant said he was initially upset over the dog’s barking, but after seeing it “tied to a tree with no food, clean water or shelter, he felt this may be a case of animal cruelty,” the report says.
But the dog had some room to move and “did not appear malnourished and was fairly clean even though it had been raining this morning,” the report says. The officer then went to check with its owners, but no one was home. Neighbors, however, said the dog “barks whenever it is out and has been doing so for months.”
The officer went back later in the day and to meet with the dog’s owner. The dog was inside and “appeared in good health and spirits,” and the owner apparently was unaware that the canine barked nonstop whenever it was left outside on a chain. The officer told the owner he shouldn’t leave the dog outside unattended and could be cited for nuisance animal.
The owner said he understood and told the officer he would monitor the dog “from here on out,” the report says.

April 20
• An RHPD officer was dispatched to a Dimick Drive address around 6:40 a.m. “to a report of someone being on the roof of a neighbor’s house that was for sale,” a report says.
The officer met with the complainant who pointed out the house and “informed me that she saw someone on the roof just prior to her call,” the report says. “She could not identify the race or sex of the subject but believed the subject to be of school age.”
Another officer showed up, and police checked the home. They found the back door unlocked, but the home was empty and everything inside seemed to be OK. Police left a message for the real-estate agent handling the sale of the home, then checked the area and spoke with a neighbor, who said he saw kids “jumping the fence about a week ago” to, he believed, get a ball back.

April 21
• A BCSO deputy was sent to a garage on Daniel Siding Road “in response to an altercation between two males fighting,” a report says.
He met with men, one of whom said he had agreed to pay $80 for a mechanic to change the oil and spark plugs on his Jaguar. The man said that when he came back, he found the mechanic had only changed the oil, so he only paid half, and now the mechanic wouldn’t release his car.
The other man said he had come with the complainant to look at the Jaguar, which he was considering buying. Both men said the mechanic “became belligerent” when they tried to pick up the car, and prospective car buyer said “a white male … kicked him in the lower leg.”
The deputy wrote that he saw “what appeared to be lacerations on (the prospective car buyer’s) lower leg that was consistent with being kicked in a downward motion.”
The complainant, meanwhile, also said the man “pointed two fingers and a balled fist, as if to represent a handgun, to him and said that ‘I will kill you,’” the report says.
The deputy then got the other side of the story from the mechanic, who told him he told the complainant that he wasn’t releasing his car until he was paid.
The deputy also asked about others who were there at the time of the alleged incident, but the mechanic was “reluctant to provide me with the names of the individuals … however, he did concur that he had some customers present that had already left,” the report says.
The deputy told the complainant and prospective car buyer that they needed to go to the magistrate court because it was a civil matter, then was able to find the man who allegedly kicked the prospective car buyer in the leg.
That man denied kicking anybody or making threats.

April 22
• A deputy was sent to a Demeries Lake Lane address regarding a man who damaged his car. The man said he was driving east on Highway 144 near Kilkenny Road in a Volkswagen Jetta when he “hit a raccoon in the roadway.”
The man told the deputy “he swerved to miss the raccoon and hit a tree on the side of the roadway breaking his passenger side mirror. The front bumper and radiator were also damaged from hitting the raccoon,” the report says.
• A Pembroke woman drove to RHPD to report that she received “a suspicious envelope” at work.
The woman said told RHPD that “her assistant opened the package believing it was for her … the package was addressed to (a Richmond Hill woman with the same first name and a similar mailing address) and inside it was a book entitled ‘Attic Treasures.’”
Pages in the book had been cut out, and inside that “she found what appears to be tobacco in a (zip-close) bag and a black cellphone also in a (zip-close) bag,” the report says.
The envelope was sent by a man who gave Smith State Prison, Glennville, as the return address.
The complainant “stated she did not know what to do with the items,” the report says. The officer took them to RHPD and logged them in as found property, the report said.

April 23
• A deputy was sent to South State Bank to meet with a man who said he had just won Publisher’s Clearing House sweepstakes. The man told the deputy he got the notice in the mail, then got a phone call from someone and was told to send two payments of $1,850 and another of $2,000 to a woman with a California address.
The man said he had been told someone would come by his home on Cairnburgh Road to pick up the receipt proving he had sent the money at 10:30 a.m.
So the deputy and the man went to his home “to await the individual,” the deputy reported.
“Upon our arrival at the residence (the man) immediately started receiving phone calls from this unknown suspect,” the report continues. “The suspect stated he was coming by to pick up the receipt but never showed up.”
All’s well that ends well, at least in this case. The deputy “was able to put (the man) in contact with Western Union’s fraud department. (The man) was able to stop the transaction and get a refund for all (monies) that had been sent.”
• A Peregrine Circle man reported that he spotted a prowler trying to break into his pickup truck at some point around midnight.
The man said he was in his bedroom and happened to look through the blinds when he saw a person wearing a black, hooded sweatshirt and long, dark pants trying to get into the toolbox on his pickup.
“(Complainant) said he grabbed his firearm and came outside to where he said the suspicious person left on foot towards Waterford Landing Road,” the report says.
Nothing was taken. Deputies looked for the man but came up empty.
• An Ellabell man reported to BCSO that “when he looked inside his vehicle he observed that someone had poured white paint all over the interior of his vehicle,” a report says.
The man told the deputy it had to have happened sometime between 10:30 a.m. and noon on the day he called to report the damage.

April 25
• A BCSO deputy was dispatched to a Highway
280 location on the side of the road regarding “an unknown disturbance.”
There, the deputy spoke first to the complainant, a woman who said she and the man with her had “engaged in a heated verbal dispute and that (the man) stormed out of the car. She stated that when he did so, he took a pack of cigarettes and $40 in cash from her that she had on the center console,” a report says.
The deputy then “attempted to speak (to the man),” the report says. “While attempting to obtain his version of the incident, (the complainant) exited her vehicle and interrupted. I advised her that (the man) allowed her to tell her version without interruption and that now I required (the man’s) version without interruption. I then asked her to take a seat in her vehicle so I could do so.”
The woman sat in her car but “continued to interrupt and speak over (the man),” the deputy wrote. “I then advised her that she was hindering my investigation and told her if she could not remain quiet and allow me to complete my investigation, then she would be arrested.”
Well, “she then attempted to argue with me so I had her sit in the rear of my patrol vehicle where she could no longer interrupt and disrupt my investigation,” the deputy reported, then noted that he spoke to the man, who admitted the argument but denied taking anything.
“He allowed me to look through his belongings where no cigarettes or cash was found,” the report says.
Because both the man and woman said the argument hadn’t gotten physical, the man was allowed to go with his uncle, who had shown up while the investigation was taking place. The woman was told there was no evidence on which to base an arrest and was told how to get a warrant if she wanted.

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