Reports filed with the Hinesville Police Department recently include:
Found property — A man turned in a wallet he found near a drive-up ATM on E.G. Miles Parkway. The black Nike billfold contained Wells Fargo, GeoVista and Ameris Bank cards; two gift cards; a Social Security card; green card; diploma card and various other cards. The wallet was placed in HPD’s evidence room until the owner could be contacted.
School search — “All the alerts met with negative findings of any narcotics” was the outcome of drug-dog searches of Bradwell Institute. The report said school administrators had requested the search.
Theft by taking — A soldier being moved to a new station reported that a gold necklace with a heart-shaped pendant went missing while the movers were at her apartment. She was unsure of the name of the company, but said six people arrived to pack up her furniture. She said she put the necklace on one of her suitcases and saw it during the move, but couldn’t find it after the movers were gone.
Identity theft — A Hinesville woman reported that Discover Financial Fraud Detection Department called to report suspicious activity on an account recently opened in her name. However, she said she had not opened an account. Discover told her the credit card had been canceled because of the activity. The responding officer gave an identity-theft packet to the woman, as well as information about the report.
Possession of marijuana and of drug paraphernalia — An apparent pot party in an undeveloped area of Governor’s Quarters was broken up by officers after an anonymous 911 call reported that several cars had pulled into the area and had not quickly left. The officers parked away from the scene and walked up to find three cars parked near each other. One car had five people in it and “heavy smoke came billowing from the interior” when the suspects were asked to get out. Small amounts of marijuana and various smoking accessories were found and confiscated. All the suspects were arrested.
Civil matter, repossession interrupted — Officers were called to a Pineland Drive address by a tow-truck driver who said a man was trying to stop repossession of a 2007 GMC Yukon, even getting in and trying to drive off while the SUV was hooked to his tow truck. The owner said he had bought the vehicle about a month earlier and paid $5,000 down, so it couldn’t be in default already. The tow-truck driver, however, had proper paperwork, so the owner eventually relented.
Shoplifting — Officers were called to Wal-Mart, where a shopper had allegedly pulled some price bar codes off some cheap products, stuck them on some higher-priced items and went through a self-checkout station. Three items worth nearly $70 rang up for $2.80. The woman was booked for theft and turned over to Fort Stewart MPs when no prior incidents were found on her record.
Identity theft — A Regency Place resident told officers that an FBI agent contacted her last week about a suspect the agency had arrested who had numerous IDs and credit cards and was filing tax returns using stolen identities. She informed the agent she had not filed a return since 1990, when she started getting disability benefits. She wanted local police to know and said she would contact Social Security about the report to start getting her benefits again.
Theft by deception — An email informed officers that a woman tried to buy a puppy online and had sent money to a Rebecca Street address. When the supposed seller asked for more money, the woman balked and tried unsuccessfully to contact him. An officer talked to the residents at the address and was told they did not know anyone by the named used for the fraud. The same day, officers received an Ohio sheriff’s report that a resident there had sent $200 to a Beatie Boulevard address, but was later asked for $999 more for insurance to ship the puppy.