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Hinesville Police blotter
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Reports recently filed at the Hinesville Police Department include:

Jan. 14

Embezzlement, theft by conversion — The manager of Rent-A-Center told an officer that a Shady Oaks Mobile Home Park resident had rented a set of bunk beds worth more than $800 in early December, made one payment two weeks later and hasn’t paid any more. She has also not responded to a letter demanding she return the property. The manager was told about hearing protocols.

Theft by deception — A woman called officers to CitiTrends, where a she told them a friend had asked her if he could deposit a $200 check into her bank account to get the cash. She gave him her bank card and PIN. He apparently just withdrew $200, giving her $60 for letting him use her card. She went to the store to buy clothes, but her card was declined, so she realized she had been cheated.

Sale of cocaine — This cryptic report said drug officers bought some of the illegal drug using a confidential source.

Jan. 15

Larceny, articles from vehicle — A Hideaway Mobile Home Park resident said his 2003 Honda had been entered overnight. He thought he had locked the car. Missing items included a loaded Ruger .380-caliber semiautomatic pistol, $20 in cash and his wallet, which had a couple of dollars and several military, bank and discount cards, and licenses. A Garmin GPS that was still in the box was taken out of the glove box, but left on a seat.

Theft by taking, financial card fraud — A hospital employee said her wallet was stolen from her desk while she was at work. She said the drawer was secured, but the office door was unlocked. After she got off work, she was contacted about suspicious activity on her cards. More than $500 was spent at Wal-Mart stores here and in Jesup, all starting around 4 p.m. Two other purchases later were denied. The woman told officers she would get hospital security to provide videos of her work area. They asked her to provide listings of all the transactions.

Disturbing public school — A mother of a Liberty County pushed her way into a classroom to pick up her daughter. She had been told she would have to wait until after children riding buses had left before she could get her child, since she had missed a 1:45 p.m. deadline. A teacher, who was watching the children, said the mother forced her way into the room and would not show her ID, though she apparently had one in her hand. “A scuffle ensued” with the children in the room. Another teacher went to get the principal, who came to talk to the mother, who was cursing at the educators by then. After that confrontation, the principal called police. While she was gone, a male teacher went to talk to the mother, who apparently took a couple swings at him. When officers arrived, the mother had calmed some, she apologized and said she had “a lot in her life” and had let her emotions get the best of her. She also said she had other children she needed to pick up. The educators said they did not want to press charges, but did want the mother banned from the school.

Jan. 16
Trespass — A bus driver called officers after going to clean up his bus at the Liberty County bus barn on Techwood Drive just before 1 a.m. The driver said while there he saw someone wearing a gray hoodie near another bus. The interloper saw the driver and ran. When officers investigated they found a fire extinguisher had been sprayed inside another bus. Another extinguisher was found nearby. The driver said his impression was that the vandal was a juvenile and that there may have been two of them.

Simple battery — A 6-year-old called in this domestic dispute complaint, saying “mommy is on the ground and daddy hit her.” The suspect said, “Just arrest me now,” when officers arrived. It was the second time that night police had been called. The victim had walked away from the area and when she returned was not cooperative with officers. The suspect said he had been trying to sleep, but that his wife would not leave him alone, evening kicking him “trying to get me to hit her.” She also told her husband she had had relations with another man in his bed. That’s when he hit her. The parties were separated and the husband would not return for several days, and then with an escort from his unit.

Jan. 17

Entering auto, simple batter — A resident of a Brantley Drive mobile home park chased and beat off a suspected thief with his cane when he saw the suspect entering a pickup. The truck owner said he gone to his mother’s home to drop off clothes and pick up his children. He left the truck running and said he saw the suspect leaning in the truck as the owner came outside. He yelled at the man, who said he thought the truck was his girlfriend’s and he was just looking for weed. Meanwhile a neighbor, who later reported he saw the suspect creep up to the truck, open the door and lean in. The neighbor and his wife came running, landing at least one blow on the suspect’s arm. The owner called 911 and the neighbors chased the suspect into one mobile home, where he changed clothes, and then into another, where they were able to direct police. He gave up to police. The suspect told officers the same story about getting into the truck, except that he was looking for cigarettes. The suspect was turned over the detectives for charges.

Counterfeiting — A Captain D’s employee called officers when a customer gave them a suspected fake $100. The suspect was still at the restaurant and told officers he did not know the bill was counterfeit, that he had taken the money from his safe, where he stashed money when he cashed checks. He said he had recently been to banks in Douglas and Metter.

Computer trespass — A Budget Motel resident told officers that a woman was threatening to upload a pornographic video with him in it to his Facebook account because he had cancelled the insurance on a vehicle that she drives. The victim said he couldn’t get into his account because the password had been changed. So he didn’t know if the video had been posted, nor delete it if it had.

Jan. 18

Burlary — Trinity Missionary Baptist Church on Live Oak Drive was broken into overnight. The church secretary said she noticed paint chips near two inside doors, to the finance office and pastor’s office. She called police and went outside to wait. Officers found evidence that an outside door and some windows were tampered with, but were unsure how entry was gained. The secretary told officers that services had ended the night before at about 7:30. She was unsure if anything had been taken as the office doors were still locked and she did not have the keys.

Jan. 19

Terroristic threats, intimidation — A landlord reported he had rented a residence last month, but that the checks for the deposit and first month’s rent bounced. He had not received any other payments. He changed the locks. The erstwhile renter reportedly called the landlord and threatened to kill him and burn his property.

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