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Hinesville PD blotter for Dec. 16
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Dec. 1: Burglary – forced entry — A Stewart Way Apartments resident called police and reported his unit had been burglarized. The man’s TV and his wife’s wallet and cellphone were missing. The woman said her phone was equipped with tracking software, and the phone was tracked to the intersection of West Oglethorpe Highway and Veterans Parkway. Police went to the location, found the woman’s phone and returned it to her. The victims were given a case number and briefed on further procedures.

Dec. 2
Criminal trespass — An officer was called to a pharmacy in Hinesville regarding mailbox damage. The complainant, an employee, told police that a man had come into the shop earlier that day and said he just saw several males on bicycles loitering outside. One of the subjects reportedly struck the mailbox with a stick, damaging it. The witness could not provide any additional information. The employee was given a case number and briefed on further procedures.

Dec. 3
Burglary – no forced entry — An HPD officer was dispatched to a South Main Street residence where a woman said someone broke into her home and stole her television and several other items. The complainant said her living-room window is stuck open. She placed a blanket over the open window to keep the cold air out and she believes that is how the thief entered the house, since she locked both doors in the home as she left, and they were still locked when she returned. The woman did not have any serial numbers for her missing valuables. A dog brought to the scene was unable to pick up a scent. The case was forwarded to the detective division.
Suspended license — An officer patrolling the Big Apple parking lot saw vehicle with no headlights pull out onto Highway 84. The deputy stopped the driver and ran a license check. The driver’s license was suspended for failure to appear. The driver called a friend to come get her vehicle before she was arrested and taken to the police department for processing. She was given a court date and released.

Dec. 5
Simple battery — A Palmetto Trace resident called police and complained that her live-in boyfriend had held her down and choked her, although the responding officer did not observe any marks on the woman’s neck. The boyfriend said he and the woman had argued when another woman called him. He said his girlfriend tried to hit him, so he pushed her arms away. He claimed she then bit him, and when he ran outside, she threw an iron at him, striking him on the left hand. The man also said the woman threatened him with a knife. The officer observed a bite wound on the man’s arm and a cut on his hand.
The woman denied having a knife, but admitted to biting her boyfriend and throwing an iron at him. Both parties were arrested for simple battery, taken to jail and given bond hearings. They both were released.

Dec. 6
Hit and run — A 47-year-old Hinesville woman reported a hit-and-run accident while she was waiting in line at the drive-through window at Krystals at around 9:30 a.m. She said a tan-colored, late model, four-door car hit the back of her car. She and the driver of the other car got out, but said it was too dark to access the damage and suggested they move to a better-lit area of the parking lot. As she returned to her vehicle, she said the man and a young female passenger drove away. The investigating officer noted slight damage to the woman’s car. He asked the restaurant manager to examine their surveillance cameras to see if it showed the collision and perhaps the other car’s license plate.
DUI, driving on suspended license, obstructing by giving false name/DOB — A 38-year-old Glennville woman was arrested by an HPD officer for driving under the influence. The woman gave him a false identification several times then failed a field-sobriety test. She was arrested and taken to the Liberty County Jail. A check of the woman’s name found she had two prior DUI convictions and currently was pending judgment on a third. Her license was suspended.

Dec. 7
Public drunkenness, obstruction, disorderly conduct — A 25-year-old Ludowici man was arrested by an officer who responded to a disturbance in the parking lot of a local restaurant. The officer first observed a man and a woman leave the restaurant leave and begin arguing in the parking lot. He advised them to leave, and then another man came out of the restaurant and began yelling at the first man, whom he said had insulted his sister. The officer advised him to leave as well. He refused and cursed the officer, who then told him he was under arrest. The man resisted arrest, and it took two officers to restrain him.

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