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Hinesville Police blotter

POSTED: January 4, 2017 2:16 p.m.

From Hinesville Police Department reports:

Suspicious acts: An officer was sent to a Flash Foods on Highway 84 around 11:46 p.m. Dec. 24 because, well, because of this: “The clerk … stated that a (man) was yelling at the ATM machine for not giving him his money. He began yelling at (the clerk). (The clerk) told him he would have to call the bank. (The man) stepped outside for a couple minutes then walked back inside and wanted to know why the machine still was not working. (The clerk) told him again that he would have to call the bank and find out. (The man) then said ‘Either I’m getting the money from the ATM or from your register.’ (The man) then stared at the clerk for approximately 10 minutes, then got into a vehicle and departed the scene on General Screven Way.”
The clerk gave police a pretty good description of the man but told officer he couldn’t show them security video of the incident until his manager got back.

Criminal trespass: An Ashton Drive man said “he and his kids were watching TV” around 7 p.m. on Christmas Eve when he heard someone pound on his front door. “(He) stated it was a group of 3-5 juveniles, possibly teenagers, who knocked then ran off. (The man) stated when he went outside he observed a Christmas tree decoration on his yard was damaged … (The man) stated this has been an ongoing issue for the last couple of weeks.”

Shoplifting: An officer was sent Dec. 22 to Food Lion regarding a shoplifter already in custody. “(An employee) saw (the suspect) … pull his shirt up and put the charcoal in the front of pants.” The Food Lion employee then alerted a manager, who followed the man outside “and she observed him pull the charcoal out of his pants.”
The man was cited and released after assuring police he’d show up in court.

Simple battery: An officer was sent to a Pineland Avenue address around 9 p.m. Dec. 26. There, he heard from a man and woman. The man said “he was sitting with his friend (the woman), when an unknown male knocked on her door. When (the woman) answered the door, he stated (the woman) was pretending not to know the male, because (he) felt that (the woman) was lying about not knowing the male.”
The man said he got up to leave and “attempted to depart the residence with the gifts he had given to (the woman’s) children. As he was attempting to gather the items, (the man) stated that (the woman) began to slap him in the back of the head.”
The officer “examined the back of (the man’s) head and was unable to observe any injuries or marks caused by the slaps.”
The woman said much the same, though she claimed not to know the man who knocked on the door.
The officers who responded said the children could keep the presents they’d already opened. The man took the rest with him. Both he and the woman were given case numbers.

Criminal trespass, pointing gun at someone: A laundromat manager told police Dec. 27 that somebody pointed a gun at a man who’d already been banned from the business.
The woman said when she got to work she was told the man had been “walking around, trying to open the restroom doors. He then went outside and approached a male subject who was sitting in a vehicle trying to beg money from him. The male subject, described as a short stocky black male, then pointed a pistol at (the man) and told him to back up.”
He did. The man with the gun went inside the laundromat, but had gone before the manager got there. As for the man, he had been banned from the business “on numerous occasions,” and also “has been banned from most of the businesses in the city limits, but he continues to be a problem.”

Public drunk: An officer was sent to an E.G. Miles Parkway address around 1:19 a.m. Dec. 28 regarding “an unresponsive person.” There, he saw a man “lying in the front yard of (the address), underneath a tree. I observed that the male was breathing but I was initially unable to wake him up.”
Eventually, the man got up. He was unsteady on his feet and “told (the officer) that he just stopped to take a nap under the tree.” The man smelled of alcohol and was slurring his words, the officer reported, noting he first said he hadn’t had anything to drink and “later admitted to drinking one beer.”
He refused medical help and was arrested, cited and turned over to jail staff.

Recovered stolen vehicle: Police were called Dec. 28 regarding a car that had been parked at a fast food restaurant on Ogelthorpe Highway for more than a week. The 2014 Ford Edge turned out to have been stolen from a dealership in Savannah, and the tag was for a 1998 Land Rover registered to a Savannah man.
A key was made to get inside the car to get evidence, and police found some fingerprints, along with two cigarette lighters, one key to a 2016 Dodge Dart and two packs of Swisher Sweets.
The car had some damage to the right from rim and tire and the passenger side mirror.
The car dealership had its car towed back to Savannah. Police are investigating.

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