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RHPD reports: Man finds dead lobster in his mailbox
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From Richmond Hill Police Department reports:

Matter of record; A Beckley Drive man reported on Aug. 11 “he just returned home from out of town and he found a dead lobster in his mailbox. He stated he later discovered his daughter had retrieved the mail yesterday and there was currently no mail in the box. He had already removed the lobster, which still had bands around its claws ….” 

The officer saw the lobster, “which appeared to have been purchased from a store. It is unknown if the lobster was already dead when placed in the mailbox. (The complainant) advised he had no idea who would have left a lobster in his mailbox or why. He requested a report to document the incident in case further strange acts occur.”

Matter of record: An officer was sent to the I-95 overpass over Highway 17 around 4 p.m. Aug. 9 regarding a “naked man underneath the overpass.”

The officer “found some personal property scattered near the top of the overpass but nothing to identify the owner. I was advised by a passerby that the male was seen lying naked near the top of the bridge but put on some orange shorts and began walking south on (Highway 17).”

The officer found the man outside McDonald’s and told him what had been said. The man admitted the property was his but he wasn’t lying naked under the bridge.

“He indicated that he did have his shirt off, but was wearing his shorts the entire time.”

The man was told he can’t hang out there and needed to pack up his stuff and “depart the area.” 

Domestic: An officer was sent to a Casey Drive address around 6:30 p.m. July 22 regarding a domestic dispute. There, a woman said she’d been “arguing with her boyfriend all day and she left during the afternoon and returned to more arguing.” The woman said her boyfriend took her phone and wouldn’t let her call anyone, and when she got her phone back the argument turned physical. She said she dialed 911 and he “punched her in the face and mouth, causing bruises and bloody lips.

(She) stated she took her child and waited outside for Richmond Hill Police arrived.”

The officer then talked to the man, who said he “did hit strike her in the face with his fist.” He was arrested and DFACS was notified.

Lost or stolen license plate: A Richmond Hill man reported Aug. 5 that “he was not sure where the license plate went missing from, he had just noticed it was missing.”

He was given a case number and ‘advised to speak with the tag office regarding getting a new plate.”

Suspended license, marijuana, etc: An officer on patrol Aug. 5 around 9:30 p.m. ran the plate number on a car on Highway 17 while checking for “valid insurance and active registrations.” The car’s tag number resulted in “an immediate suspended tag and active suspensions on the registered owners,” so the officer pulled the driver over on Kroger Drive and told her why he was stopping her.

The woman said she’d known for about a month that her “license was suspended due to child support obligations.”

What’s more, the officer said he “began to detect the odor of marijuana coming from within the vehicle.”

Long story short, the woman was arrested.

Suspended registration: An officer patrolling Highway 17 on Aug. 5 ran a tag on a car “which revealed the registration status of the vehicle was suspended.”

The officer also “observed a vehicle next to the (car) with an inoperable tag light. I then observed (another officer) was in front of me, traveling in the same direction. I advised (the other officer) to conduct a traffic stop on the (first car) while I conducted a traffic stop on the other vehicle.”

After taking care of that stop, the officer then went to the first car and arrested the driver for driving on a suspended license.

The passenger in the car was the driver’s mother and “stated to me that the vehicle was uninsured,” the officer reported, so he gave her a chance to get insurance to avoid having to get the vehicle towed. She couldn’t, the car was towed.

Property damage: An Osprey Drive woman reported Aug. 6 “that yesterday afternoon, she noticed her mailbox was sitting on the ground next to its post.

She advised the mailbox came off the post between 0500 and 1400 hours on the 5th of August. In looking at the box and the post, it is unknown if the post was intentionally knocked down or if it fell over due to inclement weather.” The woman said she’d fix it, but asked for a report.

Hit and run: An officer was sent to Harris Trail around 6 p.m. Aug. 6 because a “juvenile that had been riding a bicycle and was hit by a vehicle. Central advised there were unknown injuries and the vehicle that had hit the juvenile had departed, heading toward the high school.”

A witness told the officer he didn’t see the accident but “did observe that the suspect vehicle was a blue car and it departed, heading towards the Recreation Department on Timber Trail.”

The victim was on his feet and “being embraced by a family member,” the report said, noting the kid “advised he was on the bridge, on the eastbound side heading west and when he crossed over to the westbound side, he did not see any vehicles.”

The kid also said the car hit the bike, not him, “but he did appear to be shaken from the collision.”

Richmond Hill Fire Department units and Bryan County Fire and Emergency Services showed up, ass well as the kid’s mother. During this, “while conducting the investigation a subject was seen parking on the side of the road on Timber Trail and began walking towards the scene and (a witness) advised that might be the suspect.”

It was. A teen himself, he said he hit the teen on the bike and “went to his job to tell his boss and after the collision, he did stop to check on the juvenile.

He stated he didn’t know what to do.” Shortly afterward, the driver’s mother showed up and told police her son “had called her and she informed him to call the police and go back to the scene.”

The kid was arrested, cited and bonded out.

In a related but unrelated incident, as police looked for the blue car that had hit the bicyclist, one officer saw one turn from Timber Trail onto Highway 144, and conducted a traffic stop at Lullwater Drive.

The driver didn’t have a license, “as he had not had his reinstated,” and it turned out to have been suspended since 2016. What’s more, as the officer put the man under arrest he smelled “the odor of marijuana emitting from inside the vehicle.”

There were two backseat passengers, who were told the car was going to be searched.

After coming up empty, an officer “believed that one of the passengers possessed the marijuana,” and while searching them, “located a small piece of what I associate as being crack cocaine” on one of the men, who was then put in handcuffs and put in a cop car.

Officers let the second passenger go after not finding any “illegal substances,” but during this “when (another officer ) opened the rear door of (the reporting officer’s vehicle, he noticed the (first passenger) was crushing a white substance with his hands while secured behind his back.”

The report said that substance looked like crack found in the man’s sock, and then police noticed the man “appeared to have something in his mouth.” Attempts to open the man’s mouth met with “little success,” but then the man “began to open his mouth enough to where (both officers) could see a plastic wrapper containing suspected crack cocaine inside.”

Police got it and called EMS, but the man refused any help.

In all, the “plastic bag of crack cocaine and the individual rock weighed approximately 4.2 grams,” the report said.

The car was towed.

Suspended license, drugs, etc: An officer running traffic on Highway 17 around 11:50 p.m. Aug. 6 spotted a southbound motorcycle that “had no illuminated tail lights as they would be illuminated while the motorcycle as in operation.”

The officer followed the bike to White Oak Lane, where he saw the rider checking “his brake/turn signal lights.”

The officer told the biker why he “came after him,” and was told the man was having issues with his lights. The officer ran the man’s license. “Upon doing so I received an immediate response showing suspended tag. In running (the man’s) information I received an active suspension warning.”

A check showed the man had “multiple suspensions for failure to appear all with serve dates.”

By then, a backup officer had arrived and took a .38 caliber derringer from the man’s pants pocket. The driver said he didn’t know his license had been suspended, and was arrested.

During a subsequent search the officer found a “glass smoking pipe commonly called a meth pipe,” in the man’s front pocket, and a small bag of “crank” in his left pocket. The report noted “’Crank’ is slang for a low purity, crystallized methamphetamine.” The man was taken to jail, the bike was towed, etc.

Criminal damage to property: An officer was sent to the I-95 off ramp at Exit 87 around 7 am. Aug. 7 “regarding a damaged street light.”

There, the officer found the street light “lying on its side and separated from its base. It appeared that an unknown vehicle had struck the street light.

Wheel tracks in the soft dirt on both sides of the street light base were indicative of a motor vehicle accident, however there were no vehicles in the area with damage.”

The officer asked dispatch to let DOT know about the damaged light.

Matter of record: A woman reported Aug. 8 that she “recently moved to Richmond Hill and was looking to purchase a home in the area.”

The woman said she found a home on Chestnut Oak Drive and while “searching online she came in touch with an unknown subject who acted as the realtor.

While conversing with the subject through text messaging she became suspicious of his official position and called him. Upon calling him and refusing to draw cash for the down payment, (she) advised he became irate.

She then disconnected and told him what she believed he was.”

The woman told RHPD she didn’t know the man’s name but did have a phone number.

“(She) advised while talking to him he was able to describe the home … and the location of the key which was in the mailbox.. (She) advised she used the key to enter the home waiting for him but then soon left. This worried (her) because of how detailed he was in describing the home. (She) advised she just wanted this documented in case something further was to come of this.”

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