Officer Giltz was on patrol when he noticed signs of forced entry at a residence on Brookwood Drive. Giltz and Sgt. Simpson noticed that the garage door had been forced open and the door leading from the garage into the house had been pried off its hinges. Giltz and Simpson cleared the residence and found no damage inside. The two tried to secure the door, notified dispatch, and went back on patrol. Giltz took a key that was found in the deadbolt of the door to the police department.
Deputy Beard responded to Plantation Road in reference to an automobile wreck. The deputy noticed the vehicle around 70 feet off of the roadway. The driver said he did not see the stop sign and ran off of the road. The deputy noticed the smell of alcoholic beverage on the driver’s breath. The driver tested positive for alcohol on a roadside test. An open container was found near the wrecked vehicle with more containers inside the vehicle. The vehicle was towed. The offender was transported to the LEC, where he gave a blood-alcohol reading of .051 grams and was charged with running a stop sign, open container, and DUI.
Sgt. Simpson responded to an apartment complex on Eatonton Highway in reference to a noise complaint. The complainant said loud music was coming from a vehicle parked in front of one of the buildings. The sergeant identified the vehicle and made contact with its occupants, advising them of the complaint and the complex’s curfew. The subjects turned off the music and returned to their apartments.
Sgt. Simpson responded to the parking lot of a business on West Clinton Street in reference to a suspicious vehicle. The sergeant found the vehicle in question running while the driver was asleep inside. The driver said he had gotten into an argument with some people he was sharing a room with at a nearby motel and decided to leave for a while. Simpson ran the driver’s license, and it came back suspended. The offender was issued a citation and given a ride back to the motel. The vehicle was left in the parking lot to be picked up by a licensed driver.
Deputy Miller was dispatched to a business on Highway 49 in reference to a possible burglary. The complainant reported that a car had driven through the front door of the business. The deputy surveyed the damage to the store and clear the scene. He noticed that drink machines and glass had been damaged and the security glass at the register had been broken. The storeowner advised that the only thing he noticed missing was a glass case of lottery tickets. The complainant turned over the offender’s license plate number to the dispatch. Cpl. Douglas went to the address connected with the tag number and was able to identify the driver, who fit the description of a man caught on the business’ surveillance camera. Douglas observed the vehicle later, and a chase was started that ended in Eatonton and involved authorities from Twiggs County, Bleckley County, Eastman, and Cochran. Crack cocaine was recovered in the vehicle after the offender was apprehended.
Deputy Beard observed a vehicle traveling on Joycliff Road with an inoperable taillight. The deputy initiated a traffic stop, and the driver stated that he did not have his license. The driver then attempted to give the deputy a false name and date of birth. The deputy eventually recognized the driver from a traffic stop several months prior in reference to driving on a suspended license. A check of the driver’s real name and date of birth showed his license was still suspended. The offender was placed under arrest and transported to the LEC, where cocaine was found on his person. He was issued citations for defective equipment, no insurance, no registration, and suspended license with warrants to be taken out for VGCSA and giving false information.
Officer Middlebrooks responded to Vine Street in reference to a theft. The complainant said that he went to retrieve his tools from his truck, which was parked in his backyard, and the tools were gone. The complainant gave a description of the tools to the officer. He also said that a battery had been stolen out of his truck at an earlier date.
Officer Middlebrooks responded to Dolly Street in reference to a phone scam. The complainant advised that a man called her from the Fulton County Jail and told her that he had been arrested and his kids were with him and he needed her to call his mother. The complainant called the number that the caller gave her for his mother, and it would not work. The complainant then realized that it was a phone scam and notified her phone service provider.
Officer Hunnicutt observed a vehicle run the red light at the intersection of West Clinton Street and Bill Conn Parkway. The officer initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle. As he approached, he noticed two infants not in safety seats with two adults who were in the backseat. Hunnicutt then spoke with the driver, who stated she did not have a license. A check of the driver’s name and date of birth showed that her license had been suspended. Dispatch also advised that the vehicle had no valid insurance. A wrecker was called to tow the vehicle, and a licensed driver picked up the passengers. The driver was charged with two counts of child safety seat violation, failure to obey a traffic control device, no insurance, and driving while unlicensed. One of the passengers, who was the owner of the vehicle, was charged with requiring or permitting unlawful operating of a vehicle.
Sgt. Simpson met with a complainant at the sheriff’s office in reference to a phone scam. The complainant advised that last month her son accepted a call from the Fulton County Jail, and ever since, her phone would ring and there would be no one on the line. When the complainant received her phone bill, she noticed over $200 in extra charges from an unknown number. The complainant contacted her phone service provider, who advised her of the phone scam and said the charges would be taken off of her bill if she filed an incident report.
Deputy Beard noticed a vehicle traveling on Joycliff Road with a malfunctioning brake light. The deputy spoke with the driver and noticed the smell of burnt marijuana coming from the vehicle. The driver consented to a search of the vehicle, which produced a pipe, prescription medication, two bags of marijuana, and more drug paraphernalia. The driver was placed under arrest and charged with possession of marijuana—less than one ounce and possession of schedule-II narcotics. She was transported to the LEC, where warrants were obtained.