The Christmas holiday week was a busy one for local law enforcement, which included armed robberies, burglaries and several other incidents in the Tifton area.
While at a residence on East Sixth Street, three Hispanic juveniles reported the night of Dec. 23 that they were robbed at gunpoint at Fulwood Park on North Tift Avenue, according to an incident report filed at the Tifton Police Department. One of the juveniles told police that they were walking in the park around 11:50 p.m. when three black males came out of the bushes and told them if they moved, they were going to “blast” them.
The juvenile reported that the offenders took his prepaid Samsung Galaxy S3 cell phone with the charger and a blue case. They also took $11 and $8 from the other two juveniles.
The offenders were described as having their faces covered and a hoodie over their heads. They were dressed in black, but one offender had on a camouflage jacket. Two of them had black guns. The report states that after the offenders took the juveniles belongings, they ran toward Eighth Street.
When asked by police why they didn’t call E-911 while at the park, the juveniles replied that they were too scared to call at that point and didn’t know what to do, so they waited until they were at the residence on East Sixth Street.
In another matter, a 39-year-old man reported Dec. 23 that he was sitting on the steps to his mobile home located on O’Quinn Road when a black male approached him. The subject, wearing a white skull cap, black jacket and black pants, pointed a black gun at him and demanded his wallet and money. The man reported that he didn’t have anything on him. The offender made him turn his pockets inside out.
Hearing a disturbance, two females inside the residence opened the door. The offender pointed the gun at them when the door opened and kept demanding money. During this time, he had taken the man’s Samsung Galaxy cell phone.
The man and two women reported that the offender continuued moving the gun and pointing it at each of them. A group of neighbors noticed something going on and began to walk over to the residence. The offender then fled the scene. He was last seen running west on O’Quinn Road. The man chased after the subject but didn’t catch up to him. Responding officers also searched the area with negative results.
Also, a man reported at 5:30 a.m. Wednesday that a white female and male robbed him at gunpoint while parked at a location in the 4400 block of Union Road. The offenders stole $20.
In other unrelated cases:
• A woman who lives in the 340 block of East 30th Street reported Sunday that a black male tried to break into her residence. She said she had heard a noise at her child’s bedroom window located at the front of the residence. When she went to see what it was, she saw a black male opening the window. When the subject saw her, he ran east from the residence toward Carmichael Lake. The offender was wearing a dark colored hoodie.
• A man reported Saturday that he went to his ex-girlfriend’s residence on Highway 41 South to visit his child. He said while he was there, she pulled out a taser and threatened to tase him. He also said she took his car but brought it back after he called 911. He reported that several items were missing from the vehicle.
• A man who lives in the 400 block of Ty Ty-Omega Road reported Friday that he returned home from work and discovered that someone had stolen his black mailbox from the side of the road.
• A woman who lives in the 100 block of Benjamin Street reported Saturday that someone made entry into her home by forcing the front door open. She reported that nothing was taken, but damage was done to the door.
• A man reported Friday that someone broke into a pair of storage buildings at his place of work on Tri-County Road. He reported that nothing appeared to be stolen at the time.
• A man reported Thursday that he found smoke coming from a residence in the 200 block of Nile Way. Deputy Mike Guess reported that he kicked the front door in to make entry to check for any children that a neighbor said may be there. The smoke was too heavy to crawl into the house, he reported. He checked the back door with the same result. The Tifton-Tift County Fire Department arrived on the scene and took over. Eventually, the homeowner arrived and confirmed that the residence was empty.
• A deputy reported Wednesday that he was sent to a residence located in the 1500 block of Fletcher Road in reference to a burglary that had been discovered.
• A man reported Wednesday that while at a location on Palmetto Road, a known Hispanic male pointed a firearm at his chest after loading a round in the chamber.
• A man who lives in the 300 block of East Golden Road reported Dec. 24 that someone broke into his residence and stole some items.
• A woman who lives in the 1500 block of Fletcher Road reported Dec. 24 that she came home and discovered that someone stole her money from inside her room, as well as some of her mother’s jewelry.
• A man reported Dec. 23 that he hit a wet spot in the road on Interstate 75 at mile marker 70, southbound, and lost control, hitting the divider wall. The impact caused extensive damage to the front of the vehicle, along with other body damage around the vehicle.
• Deputy Eddie Smith reported Dec. 24 that he responded to the area of Paulk Road and Highway 319 North in reference to a reckless driver. A man reported that a person who he does not know tried to run him off the road several times in the area of Paulk Road and Highway 319 North. He noted his two small children, wife and another adult were in his vehicle at the time of the incident. Smith said while talking with the man, he pointed out the suspected vehicle. He made contact with the occupants of the vehicle and spoke with them. He advised the complainant to contact the Tift County Magistrate for further action.
To contact reporter Latasha Ford, call 382-4321.