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Hinesville Police Department reports

POSTED: December 8, 2012 7:00 a.m.

Nov. 17: Burglary — An officer on patrol noticed a damaged gate and broken window at residence in the 900 block of Olmstead Drive. Officers entered the residence through an unlocked kitchen door and observed that a TV and computer monitor had likely been taken.

They also found military documents lying on the floor that indicated the names of two men. The officers contacted the men’s military unit and confirmed it currently is deployed for training. Officers spoke with the men, who confirmed that there had been a TV and monitor in the apartment, as well as several weapons.

Nov. 19

• Burglary (forced entry residence) — A Deerwood Drive resident reported that someone had entered a home that he owns near his residence by kicking in the side door. He reported items missing, including a $25 gun locker, a $52 conditioning vest, a $30 remote car, and a $25 MP3 player.

Nov. 21 

• Financial Transaction card fraud
— A man claims a woman who spent the night at his house stole two credit cards. He told police his MasterCard and Sears card were missing and he found a charge on his Master Card statement indicating someone had paid for a hotel room at the Knights Inn in Hinesville using his card.

Nov. 22

• Theft by taking — An individual made off with half a bundle of construction sheathing meant for the new Golden Corral restaurant on Oglethorpe Highway. A worker representing the construction company reported the theft.

Nov. 23

• Suspicious acts — A woman reported that her neighbor spoke with a person who identified himself as an investigator. The neighbor said this suspicious person was wearing a gun on his belt and was inquiring about the woman’s daughter. She described the person as a short white male who drove a red pickup truck. The neighbor said the man ruffled through some paperwork that was on the front porch.

Nov. 24

• Disorderly conduct — A woman was asked to leave the Family Dollar Store on South Main Street for being abusive toward a female employee. The woman reportedly threw a fit when she was told she could not use multiple coupons on the same item. The woman yelled at the employee and pushed merchandise off the counter.

Nov. 25

• Criminal trespass — A man claimed his neighbors are trying to prevent him from renting out his house by damaging his property. He said they removed his mailbox and he found suspicious gloves on his front lawn.

Nov. 27

• Simple battery — A woman said she was forced to sleep on her couch after a verbal dispute escalated and the man she was staying with flung her clothes outside the door.

The man said the woman was fussing and being loud about an argument she had with a neighbor and he just didn’t want to be bothered, so he asked her to leave and put her clothes outside the door. The woman told police she had nowhere to go for the night, so the man said she could sleep on the couch for the night as long as she kept quiet.

Burglary — Two mink coats, a rabbit fur coat and a wedding dress where among the items a woman reported stolen from her Timberlane Circle residence. The burglars gained access through a second-story window and broke the lock going into the attic, where the valuables were located. Some antique dolls and books also were reported missing.

Theft by shoplifting — A juvenile reportedly stole a hard drive from the Hinesville Walmart. The store theft-prevention officer watched as the juvenile reportedly removed the hard drive from its box and then tucked it into his pants. He placed the open box behind detergent boxes and grabbed a few items before heading to the check out.

The juvenile claimed he lost his mother’s debit card, which he intended to use to purchase the few items he grabbed. The boy was found with the item stuffed in his pants and his mother was called to the scene and told of his arrest.

Disorderly conduct, battery, cruelty to children — A man was arrested after he reportedly punched his son in the mouth several times, loosening the boy’s tooth and causing him to bleed. The incident took place at the Econo-Lodge. The man’s wife said he flew off the handle and started to hit her younger children in the hands with a belt. He later threatened to kill her, which is when her older son stepped in to protect her.

Police arrived to find the man waiting in the lobby. The son ran toward the officers and the man, attempting to hit the man while yelling that he had been hit twice in the mouth. The father tried to dispute the claims, but police observed the injuries on his son and arrested the man.

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