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RHPD reports: Driver fears snakes in the car
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From Richmond Hill Police Department reports:

Matter of record: An officer on patrol May 20 spotted a car on Highway 17 south “in the turn lane that leads to the I-95 southbound on-ramp,” stopped “just prior to the I-95 overpass.”

The driver was getting out as the officer pulled up, so the officer called for backup and then went to talk to the driver.

“I approached the subject and asked him if everything was ok,” the officer reported. “He stated that there were snakes in his car and he was scared to get back in it.”

The man told the officer he heard “hissing noises and rattling noises coming from the plastic bag in the passenger floorboard.”

The second officer arrived, and began “carefully searching the vehicle for any signs of a rattlesnake.”

There was no snake. The reporting officer then got the man’s ID and learned “he was reported as missing and endangered due to mental illness out of Massachusetts.”

What’s more, “no additional instructions were given as to how Massachusetts would like us to proceed ….”
There was a phone number for the woman who reported the man missing, and the reporting officer called and left a voicemail.

“(The man) did not appear to be injured in any way, and he stated that he had money for food. (He) did not want EMS to evaluate him and he did not seem to be a danger to himself nor anyone else.”

The two officers escorted the man to the TA truck stop where he “stated he was going to get himself some coffee,” the report said. The man was given a card with RHPD’s phone number and was told “to go to any store in the area and ask to call this number should he need any help, as he did not have a phone.”

Shoplifting: The manager of a Parker’s on Highway 144 reported May 24 she spotted a teen grab a pack of candy the day before and hide it in his t-shirt. She said when she told him to give the candy back “he first denied having anything but when he was advised it was on video plus other witnesses saw him do it, the suspect reached inside his front waistband and returned the candy back on the shelf and left Parkers.”

The manager said she knew the kid and his parents, and instead of calling the cops she told them, and “they became angry and told her that their son was not a thief and that he was planning on paying for the item but was not given a chance.”

The manager gave the officer the kid’s name and that of his mother, “but was not 100 percent sure” it was them. She didn’t want to prosecute, either, just wanted the teen to be issued a criminal trespass notice and a ban from the store. The officer told the manager if the kid comes back call them and he will be issued the criminal trespass notice.

The officer checked the video, also, and it showed “the incident as described by the complainant.”

Driving without license, etc: An officer was called May 24 to a Belle Grove Circle address regarding a damaged mailbox.

There, he spoke with the complainants, who said a witness saw a pickup hit their mailbox. The witness said he was grilling in his driveway when he “heard a loud bang that sounded like an impact. When he looked up, he saw a grey pickup truck and his neighbor’s mailbox on the ground next to it. He then observed the pickup truck speed away and down the street. He identified the driver as a young, blond, white female. He stated the pickup is still in the area down the road.”

Officers found the pickup, with a female still inside and talking on a phone. When the officer asked her what happened, she said, “’I was trying to stop him from what he was doing, and I hit the (bleep) mailbox,’ confirming she was the driver.”

The officer asked her to elaborate and “she stated that her brother … was messing with the radio and she did not know she hit the mailbox until she passed the location of the mailbox.”
That didn’t ring true to the officer.

“Due to the damage to the mailbox and the damage on her vehicle, along with the witness hearing the impact from five houses away, I find that she did not hear the impact to be improbable.”

The officer then asked for a license and then got an Oklahoma ID card.

“I asked if she ever had a license,” the officer reported. “To which she said ‘no.’”

What’s more, there was no insurance information on the pickup. The driver, who was born in 2000, was arrested for driving without a license, failure to notify owner upon striking fixture, and failure to maintain lane. Her brother was “transported home by (another officer) on an unrelated incident.”

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