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Hinesville Police Department blotter

POSTED: December 29, 2012 7:00 a.m.

Dec. 6: Rape — Two HPD officers responded to Liberty Regional Medical Center regarding an alleged rape and were told by the victim that she went to a local bar with her friends and another man. After the bar closed, the woman said she was very intoxicated and couldn’t locate her friends, although one of them later told her that he saw her leaving in a silver taxi on her own free will. The victim said she does not recall getting into the taxi and only remembers waking up after daybreak in the backseat of the taxi and later waking up again in her room at her residence.

The victim said she found her underwear in her jeans pocket. She said she didn’t come to the hospital earlier because she was ill and had no one to watch her child. She advised she hadn’t bathed or changed clothes since the incident. She said she didn’t know where she went after getting in the taxi, nor does she know who she was with. She said her groin hurt and that even though she does not recall anything, she believes something happened to her.

A detective arrived, was briefed on the incident and took over the investigation.

Criminal trespass — A Brantly Drive woman said her vehicle’s front right tire had been slashed in her driveway. She was suspicious of a suspect who had been arrested for possession of marijuana in front of her residence in mid-September. The suspect reportedly told the woman to “watch her back” after she called police when she saw the suspect smoking marijuana. The woman was unable to provide a case number of the arrest incident, and the responding officer could not locate the incident report.

Dec. 7

Criminal trespass — Fan blades were reported broken off fans in the outside Liberty County Recreation Department building, near the concession stand. The responding officer said five of the six fans were damaged. No suspects were named.

Theft by taking, tires — A man complained that someone took the tires and silver-spoke rims that had been sitting next to his trailer. The responding officer did not see any signs of the suspect’s vehicle or an indication of which direction the suspect might have gone in. The complainant estimated that the tires were worth $1,500.

Dec. 8

Financial transaction card fraud — A woman filed a report with HPD after she said an unknown person used her Mastercard debit card to make three purchases that she did not authorize. The purchases, totaling $1,468.47, were all made Dec. 8 at a Walmart in Michigan, a Walmart in South Bend, Ind., and a Meijer store in an unknown location. The complainant said she learned of the purchases when she went to use her card at Kroger and it was declined.

Found property — A man told an officer that his car had been broken into and he found a cell phone in his car that did not belong to him. Police found the phone’s number, called it and listened to the outgoing voicemail message in order to identify the subject. The phone was submitted for evidence.

Dec. 9

Theft by taking — A Hinesville apartment complex manager complained that a maintenance man and his girlfriend had taken all the complex’s power tools to Jacksonville with them and were not planning to return. The complainant said she and the maintenance man were the only people who had access to the shed where the tools were kept. The tools, valued at more than $1,500, were purchased in August. The manager said she could provide serial numbers and full descriptions when she is able to access the purchase records.

Hit-and-run — A man complained that while he stopped in the Kroger parking lot to allow a woman and her child to pass, another vehicle backed into his. The vehicle left the parking lot and headed east on Highway 84. The complainant said he followed the vehicle for a short distance before coming to HPD to make a report and turn in the hit-and-run driver’s tag number. An officer observed damage on the complainant’s vehicle that corroborated his story. The officer was unable to gather any surveillance videos of the incident. An officer went to the address the tag was registered to, but was unable to make contact with anyone. A “be on the lookout” was issued for the suspect’s vehicle.

Dec. 10

Criminal trespass — A Wayfair Lane resident complained that someone had poked holes in his garage door. The responding officer observed eight 1/8-inch holes randomly punctured in the garage door and four scratches that appeared to have been made with the same tool that made the holes. The complainant also said someone put sand inside of his trailer hitch on his vehicle. The officer observed no damage to the vehicle and could not find any place around the home where the sand could have come from. The complainant’s home was placed on a watch list.

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