Feb. 20: Possession of marijuana — A deputy stopped a car for improperly displaying a license plate. The driver consented to a search of the vehicle. The deputy found an open can of beer and an open pint of vodka. He also smelled marijuana when he picked up one passenger’s jacket. He found what appeared to be a partially smoked marijuana cigarette in the pocket of the garment. The passenger was issued citations for possession of marijuana and open-container violations and given a court date. The driver was cited for improperly displaying a license plate. The marijuana was placed in the drug box at the jail.
Theft by taking — A Midway woman said a tenant she rented a house to moved out and, shortly after he vacated, she noticed several items missing from the house. She was given a case number and advised of warrant procedures.
Fraud — A woman filed a complaint after she received a $1,835.60 check in the mail with instructions to call a phone number and activate the check. The instructions also offered her the opportunity to make a few hundred dollars a week. She became suspicious, conducted online research about the company that issued the check and learned it was a scam.
Theft by taking — A Hinesville man said someone stole his boat motor from the shed behind his house, which was unlocked. The man said he heard something outside at about 4 a.m. the day the motor went missing. He went outside and saw taillights headed down the dirt road but was unable to get a description of the vehicle. The man said he’d been trying to contact the person from whom he’d purchased the boat to see if he had a serial number for the motor. The man was instructed to contact the sheriff’s office if he obtained a serial number. The shed showed no signs of forced entry.
Theft by taking — A Midway man said someone stole the motor from his 16-foot Carolina Skiff boat, which was in the driveway of his residence. The complainant said someone unbolted the white 30-horsepower Johnson outboard motor from the boat. He was provided a case number.
Simple batter-family violence — A deputy responded to a Midway residence where a woman said she and her brother had been involved in a physical altercation. The woman had several scratches on her arms and her shirt was torn. The two reportedly began fighting when the brother blocked in his sister’s vehicle so she could not leave because she had been drinking. The brother said his sister became angry at their mother, who had taken her keys, and when he tried to calm her, she grew angrier and pushed him. They fought until their mother pulled them apart. Both parties were given case reports, and the sister left the area with a friend.