Recent reports from the Hinesville Police Department include:
Suspicious acts — A woman told officers she another woman had recently driven here, from California and once here her companion had tried to trick her into prostituting herself out of area hotels. They had been arguing at one of the hotels late the night before, and the woman left to stay with a friend. When she returned, her possessions were missing. She reported that to police. When an officer took the woman to her companion’s home, the companion said she had asked what the woman wanted done with her property when she left the hotel and that she had taken it home for safe keeping. She returned the property. The woman told the officer her story as she got a ride back to her motel, where she switched rooms.
Larceny from vehicle — Just after 3 a.m., a man reported that he was getting into his vehicle in the 1100 block of South Main when he noticed it had been broken into. He reported that a .40-caliber Glock 27, two loaded nine-round magazines with standard ball ammunition and $40 were missing. Detectives were notified.
Shoplifting — A suspected shoplifter put a twist on the crime, but still got caught. The asset protection employee at Wal-Mart called officers about noon after a woman walked in the garden center entrance, grabbed an 18-inch bicycle and took it to the service center and got a refund for it. She reportedly got $74. After being processed at the jail, her bond was set for $812.
Armed robbery — Just before 7 p.m., officers were called to the Liberty Square parking lot on Hendry Street because of an armed robbery. A man said he had been to an ATM and was accosted by two men as he got back to his truck. One of the men told the victim to empty his pockets and put the contents on the ground. He was also asked for the keys to his truck. All the while, one of the robbers was pointing what the victim thought was a black Glock at him. The report implies the robbers didn’t take the truck, since it says the victim saw one of the robbers ride off on a baby blue bicycle. The report does not say how much money was taken, but does say the robbers took the victim’s wallet with the usual cards and an iPhone 6, which had a photo of the victim and his girlfriend on the homescreen. Officers tried to track the phone, but didn’t get a signal. A search of the area found the wallet, and the victim said only a debit card was missing. The suspects were not found in the area. One of them was described as a 6-foot-tall, medium-build black man wearing a gray hoodie and dark pants. The victim said he didn’t get a good look at the other robber.
Forced entry, terroristic threats — Officers were sent to a Hendry Street home where the resident said a man had broken in through a bedroom window about 10 p.m. The resident saw the man holding a jack handle, which he used to threaten a visitor, break two TVs and a stereo, and then hit the resident. The man refused medical treatment. The electronics was valued at more than $800. While the officers were taking the residents’ statement, the assailant called and the conversation was put on speaker phone. He threatened the resident’s family several times and to kill the resident for cheating on him. The resident said he had seen the assailant a few times, but denied they had a relationship. About an hour later, officers were called back when the resident believed the same man had tried to break in again through the same window. He ran off when the resident called 911. The report said they are searching for the assailant.
Arrest for other agency — An anonymous tip led officers to arrest a Link Street resident after that man allegedly told someone else that he was wanted in Savannah. The arrest was made after officers checked with Savannah authorities and learned the man was wanted for child molestation.