Nov. 1: Suspicious acts — An officer conducting a foot patrol along Gen. Screven Way was flagged down by a citizen who found a shell casing in the parking lot of Stewart Way Apartments. The woman said she called police earlier that day after hearing gunshots and witnessing a group of people arguing in the parking lot of the apartment complex.
Shoplifting — Walmart security detained a man for shoplifting at their Oglethorpe Highway store. A security cop said the man went to the self-checkout where he allegedly scanned and paid for a few items but did not bother to pay or scan several other items still in his shopping cart.
Affray — Police were dispatched to the Parker’s station on Oglethorpe Highway, where the store clerk said two men started to argue inside the store and then stepped outside and started fighting. Police knew one of the men when they watched the store surveillance film.
Burglary, forced entry — Someone allegedly gained entry into a home on Palm Drive in Hinesville and stole a 60-inch flat-screen TV. Police believed the thief broke the sliding-glass door at the rear of the house with a brick and left by opening the garage door. The complainant said she wasn’t quite sure when the burglars gained access because her mother, the homeowner, has been vacationing in New York.
Entering an auto — A woman claimed her purse was stolen from her car while the vehicle was parked at the CVS store on Gen. Screven Way.
The woman said she took a few personal items from her purse and placed them in a small wallet and went into the store to shop. She said she later realized she couldn’t find her purse and thinks someone took it from her car while she was shopping. She said the purse still contained several credit cards.
Burglary, non-residence — Omni Exterminating on E.G. Miles Parkway appeared to have suffered a second break-in, although the complainant said the alleged thief only took four cans of Campbell’s Soup.
Simple battery — A scuffle between a husband and wife had police at Palm Tree Apartments to investigate the possible domestic dispute. The wife said she left town because her husband has been cheating on her. She said he begged her to come home, and she did as advised by her church so they could attend counseling.
The wife said she needed to meet her husband to get a set of keys and saw that he still was hanging around with his girlfriend. She started to argue with him and his alleged mistress and claims they double-teamed her, threw her to the ground and beat her up.
Burglary — Someone gained access to a home on Pineview Court and stole a shotgun from a gun cabinet in the bedroom. The homeowner said he returned from an out-of-town trip and found the garage door and rear sliding-glass door open. He said it appeared someone tried to take his big-screen TV and that the wall unit had evidence of being pried away from the wall.
Police found shoe and foot prints in the garage where there was oil on the ground. They also found a screwdriver by the back door. A neighbor said she saw some of the neighborhood kids go into the house while the man was away.
Simple battery — A divorced couple still living together got into a spat at their Windhaven Drive home. The ex-husband said his former wife slapped his face. He said he was attempting to videotape the woman with his cellphone as she removed a toy box from their daughter’s bedroom. He said she then slapped the phone from his hand and then turned and slapped him in the face. The woman said she did slap the phone out of his hand because he was holding it just a few inches away from her face and was antagonizing her with it. She said, however, she did not slap him in the face.
Battery — An officer reported that a man hit his pregnant girlfriend and dragged her inside their Deal Street home. The woman said she was upset at her boyfriend and was yelling at him because he was flirting and looking to see another woman. The woman asked to speak to police away from the boyfriend, where she confessed she was jealous but also scared of her boyfriend’s bad temper. She said he got her back inside the house and slapped and pushed her down on the couch.