Recent crime reports filed with the Hinesville Police Department include:
Fraud — A Hinesville resident went to the station to tell an officer about a call from an alleged collection agency attempting to collect $1,200 on a Verizon account.
The man said he had never had an account with that company, but that when he checked his credit report there were two accounts with two similar, but not exact, amounts due.
Leash-law violation, dog bite — A woman called police to Martin Road after she had gone to a home to complain to the residents that their four dachshunds were running loose and often chased her son when he got off the bus from school. No one answered the door.
As she was leaving, one of the dogs bit her on the foot. As the complainant and officer were talking, the dogs ran out at passersby several times.
No tickets were issued. After the owner arrived, the dogs were taken inside, and the owner promised to be more careful with them in them in the future.
Civil matter — A woman reported a hit-and-run in the parking lot of Dunkin Donuts, saying a pickup had backed into her vehicle, leaving scratches on a bumper.
She was able to provide a description of the truck and its license number. The officer contacted the truck’s driver, and she said she and the victim had talked and the victim had said there wasn’t much damage, so she could leave.
An off-duty officer who witnessed the crash confirmed that story. The victim called police after talking with her insurance company. The officer told the victim that after the victim and other woman met and agreed she could leave, the matter became a civil matter, not for police.
Larceny — One of the game machines in an arcade at CiCi’s Pizza was robbed. The manager reported that while he was opening Sept. 1, he found the coin box of one of the machines next to it on the floor.
The responding officer found the hasp had been pried off the door to the box. The area is under video surveillance, but the person with access to the videos was not available.
The manager was unsure how much money would have been in the box.
Theft by deception, shoplifting — At Big Lots, an officer was called in when an in-store investigation pointed toward an employee stealing money by keeping customers’ receipts and refunding the money to himself, as well as taking food and drinks.
All told, nearly $600 was missing, and the thefts had been going on since June. Instead of an arrest, however, a district loss-prevention manager said the employee had admitted guilt, written a statement and promised to pay back the money, including making a $40 payment that day.
The HPD officer filed the report, statement and receipts as evidence and gave the manager the information needed to retrieve it if charges were to be filed later.
Theft by taking — At Wal-Mart, a customer asked for cash back off his debit card while checking out.
But he apparently got impatient waiting and walked away to tell an employee. While gone, another customer came up to the register, took his $80, checked herself out and left, according to the customer. Store security cooperated, and the responding officer saw the woman take the money and check out.
The report also says the woman could be tracked down because she used her state-issued electronic benefits transfer card to check out.