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Lost property plagues Hill residents

Crime reports for April 16

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POSTED: April 17, 2014 9:30 a.m.

The following reports were taken from reports provided by the Richmond Hill Police Department.

Found property
There seemed to have been a rash of lost property reported in Richmond Hill in recent weeks. Some if it was found, however, by honest store clerks.
That's always a good thing. Read on.
On a recent Sunday around 7:30 a.m., an officer went to the Exxon gas station on 144 regarding found property. There, the officer spoke by phone with the complainant, a woman who left her wallet in the gas station.
“(The woman) stated she was now home in Connecticut and asked if I could retriever her wallet from the Exxon gas station and put it in safe keeping," the report said.
The woman was able to ID the wallet, which had been found by the clerk. It was taken to RHPD. It held credit cards and $181 in cash. The woman was told how to get it back.  
The day before, an officer was sent to Laurel Street regarding found property. There he met with a man who told the officer he found a purse. The officer found a driver’s license inside and managed to get hold of the owner, who went to RHPD to pick up the purse. The only thing missing was “medication that was prescribed to (the purse owner’s) children,” the report said.
Also that Saturday, a woman went to RHPD to report lost property. The reporting officer went to RHPD, where he met with a Fort Stewart woman who said “she may have lost her cell phone in Richmond Hill.”
The woman said she and her husband began walking from Ashton Apartments to the I-95 exit around 3 a.m. and she “thinks she may have lost her cell phone between Ashton Apartments and the I-95 exit.”
But then again, “(complainant) was not sure if she lost her cell phone while she and her husband were downtown Savannah (the day before) or during her walk in Richmond Hill.”
The woman was sure she wanted to make a report in case the cell phone turned up in Richmond Hill. It was described as a white iPhone 5 with a white and gray case. The reporting officer gave the woman a case number and told her she will be contacted if the phone is found.

Phone scams
Those phone scams where a caller pretends to be a law enforcement officer and threatens to make an arrest if the intended victim doesn’t pay up seem like the Energizer bunny — they just keep on going and going and going.
Recently, an officer was sent to a Greenwich Drive address regarding the scam. There he met with the complainant who’d gotten a call from a man “claiming to be Lt. Hall with the Bryan County Sheriff’s Office.” The woman said “the caller was attempting a scare tactic to gain money,” the report said. But “she did not give the caller any important information.”
Also on Saturday, an officer was sent to Carter Drive regarding a caller who told the complainant she’d be arrested, etc.
The woman said she didn’t “give the subject any information that would allow him to gain access to her money account.” The woman also gave the officer the number of the caller. He dialed it and got a voicemail message.

Bank card fraud
An officer was sent on a recent Saturday to a local fast-food restaurant regarding an employee whose debit card was swiped from the break room. The woman said she last used it the prior Tuesday and the next day she got a call from her bank to let her know her card had been blocked “due to excessive usage.”
The police report did not specify how much money had been spent using the debit card, but the bank told her the card had been used at a gas station, at Kroger and at CVS. It was then canceled. The woman said she wanted to file charges if police caught whomever took the card.
The officer also noted the manager of the restaurant said a man had started work the very day the debit card was stolen and he “had not returned to work since.”

DUIs, more
Police were busy over the weekend dealing with folks who apparently still haven’t gotten the message that it’s illegal to drink and drive. Here are two such incidents:
On Saturday around 3 a.m. an officer noticed a car cross the centerline on Highway 17, then “continued to travel while straddling the center line.” So, the officer turned around and pulled the driver over.
“I immediately detected the odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from the person,” the report said. “Additionally, the driver seemed to be guarding the direction of his mouth, seemingly trying to talk to me while facing straight ahead.”
When the driver did turn toward the officer, “I noticed red glassy eyes.”
The man also slurred his speech while telling the officer he hadn’t consumed any alcoholic beverages and had been visiting his ailing father, who had cancer. When running checks on the man’s license and the license plate, “the vehicle alerted to a no-insurance status. The driver had histories of failure to appear and one arrest by RHPD for driving while suspended.”
The officer went back to the vehicle and asked the driver if he was certain the car had insurance. “He immediately began to state that he was positive because he worked at a car dealership. However, he then stated his wife takes care of that and this indeed was his wife’s car. He then stated his wife had cancer and it has been a really rough time.”
The man then gave the name of his insurance company and the officer went back to call for help. He checked with the insurance company and found the policy had been cancelled in January.
When the other officer arrived the two men asked the driver to get out of the car and a field test showed he’d been drinking. That led the driver to change his story, a lot.
“I inquired to (offender) that I thought he said he had not been drinking recently. He then recanted and stated he drank a little before and apologized for not being truthful.”
The man probably should’ve stopped there.
“He stated we could check his record and see that he has never been in trouble before,” the officer reported. “I then told him that indeed I did check his driving record and noticed he had previously been arrested for Driving While Suspended and showed a group of Failure to Appears.”
The man “then recanted the fact that he had been in trouble with police, just nothing serious.”
He was arrested, etc.
Around 10 p.m. on the night before, an officer was sent to the intersection of Highway 17 and Harris Trail regarding an accident.
“Dispatch advised a female driver was fleeing the scene in the area behind the old Savannah Bank.”
The officer arrived minutes later and saw the two-car accident “with road blockage.” Another officer checked for injuries while the reporting officer went between Food Lion and the old Savannah Bank looking for the runaway driver.
“I noticed movement behind the Memorial Health Medical Center and proceeded in that direction on foot,” the officer reported. “I found a white female … sitting at the wood line on her phone. She immediately said she was OK, which indicated to me she was involved in the accident.”
The officer said he asked again if the woman was not hurt and “I then asked her to stand up, at which time she refused.”
Instead, “she then reached for a six pack of 16-ounce Natural Ice Beer in a plastic bag. She grabbed a beer and opened it. I advised her to put the beer down. Instead she made an evasive maneuver away from me and was able to get a sip of the beer. I immediately knocked it out of her hand and put her on her feet. She kept asking for a cigarette. Each time I replied, ‘no.’ I then escorted to the scene of the accident. At the time she was very defiant and using insulting language.”
The woman was arrested and charged with DUI and hit and run, leaving the scene. She blew a 0.240 and a 0.245. The legal limit in Georgia is .08.

 

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