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May 12, 2014

Apology not enough for thwarted thief

TIFTON — Local law enforcement responded to several recent incidents, including burglaries.

Sgt. Jody Abad reported Wednesday that at 3:39 a.m., he was sent to the Lil' Pantry on North Tift Avenue in reference to a front door burglary alarm. He said on arrival, he noticed the front door lock was pulled out. At that time, he notified all units and his lieutenant. They cleared the building, and the key holder arrived minutes later and deactivated the alarm.

The report states that 12 cartons of Newport cigarettes, 12 cases of Black and Mild cigars, five cases of Swisher Sweets cigars, two commercial registers and miscellaneous cash were taken from the scene.

The offenders were described as two black males. One was wearing jean shorts, a black shirt, black and white shoes and a black cloth mask. The other was wearing black windbreaker style pants with a white stripe on the side, a black shirt, black shoes and a blue cloth mask over his head. They were last seen running west from the business.

In a separate report, someone reported at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday that he was looking for cans in the dumpster located in the 2000 block of Emmett Drive when he noticed two cash registers inside. The registers were positively identified as the ones taken from Lil' Pantry in the burglary that occurred earlier that day.

In another matter, a woman reported Friday that she and her sister were at the hospital visiting their mother. They returned home to find that the curtain on the east facing window of their mother's room was pushed out as if someone climbed in the window from the outside. The residence is located in the 1600 block of Olde Tram Road.

One of their mother's bracelets was lying on the floor of her room. Also, the rear gate to the backyard was opened, which wasn't open when they left for the hospital earlier that day. A cigarette butt was found in the backyard as well. The sisters told police that they believed Jack Blennie Wiley, 36, committed the offense, because he was in need of money.

One of the sisters reported she confronted Wiley and told him there is a camera installed in the bedroom and she would find out who stole from them. She said Wiley  told her he went into the house but didn't take anything. She didn't believe him and told him they would see when they looked at the camera. She said Wiley then left and returned with a number of jewelry items, giving them back while apologizing.

Officer Quinton Peacock reported he spoke with Wiley, who informed him that while the sisters were gone, he went into the bedroom window and stole the jewelry pieces but brought them back. Wiley was placed under arrest. He was charged with first degree burglary.

Also, Officer Jonathan Schultz reported Saturday night that he was sent to Red Bird Mobile Home Park, located in the 1000 block of Ferry Lake Road, in reference to shots being fired in the area. He said upon arrival, he saw a Hispanic male by the name of Vincent Rey Trevino, 19, wearing a white shirt, black pants and a black hat carrying a black plastic bag.

Schultz reported he recalled seeing Trevino in the area of Sixth Street when he was responding to a shot fired call minutes earlier that night. Due to seeing Trevino in both areas where there were reports of shots being fired, he attempted to make contact with him. He said as he turned his vehicle around, Trevino began walking with haste and went between two trailers.

Schultz said as he turned on Ferry Lake Road, he saw Trevino climbing over a fence and then walking toward Goff Street. He made contact with him and noticed he was not carrying the black plastic bag. He also noticed that Trevino's eyes were bloodshot. Schultz asked him if he had any identification on his person, and Trevino said he didn't have his identification with him and turned away and began to walk away from Schultz.

Schultz said he instructed Trevino to stop. He then asked him if he had any weapons of any kind with him. Trevino admitted to having a gun tucked under his shirt in the front of his waist. Schultz was advised that the gun was the same firearm that had been reported stolen by another officer. Trevino was placed under arrest.

Schultz walked back toward the fence that Trevino jumped over and found a black plastic bag with an open bottle of beer and a sealed bottle of beer. Trevino was transported to the Tift County Jail. He was charged with theft by receiving stolen property, possession and carrying a concealed weapon without a license, carrying a concealed weapon, second degree burglary and furnishing, purchasing and possession of alcoholic beverages by persons below legal age.

Also, a man who lives in the 1400 block of North Prince Avenue reported Saturday night that he heard what appeared to be a black male and female at his door. At that time, the door was kicked at least two times and kicked open. He was in fear of his and his sister's life so he shot two rounds in the direction of the door. One round went through the ceiling and the other round went through the front door of the residence.

The man said he then heard doors closing on a vehicle and saw a silver Toyota Camry leaving the front of his residence at a high rate of speed. The report states the offenders didn't have a chance to gain entry inside the residence due to the homeowner protecting himself with his handgun.

A 47-year-old man reported the night of May 5 that he was approached by a black male behind Dollar Tree on Virginia Avenue. He said the subject threatened to kill him if he didn't give him his money. He told the subject no and wouldn't give him his money. He could only describe the offender as being a black male.

The man noted that a second black male and white female were also with the subject. He reported that they were young and that they ran away and got in a green car.

The report states the man seemed somewhat confused about his story, but insisted someone had threatened him and demanded money. Police searched the area for the suspects but didn't locate them. The report states no weapons were brandished and no physical attempt was made to take the victim's money.

To contact reporter Latasha Ford, call 382-4321.

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