Tifton Gazette


May 27, 2014

Purse stolen: Police seek woman after she cleans out account

TIFTON — Tifton police responded to several incidents involving vehicle break-ins leading up to Memorial Day weekend.

A Valdosta woman reported Thursday that the Friday before, her car was broken into in Valdosta. She told Tifton police that her purse was stolen and on May 21, an unknown female took money out of one account and cleaned out another account at Southeastern Federal Credit Union in Tifton.

The woman said Valdosta Police Department has a report on both incidents. On the day her purse was stolen, she canceled all cards, including her debit card belonging to Southeastern Federal Credit Union. She said she was advised by VPD to also file a report in Tifton.

The report further states that around 11:45 a.m. May 21, a woman driving a white newer model Kia SUV pulled into the second drive through at Southeastern Federal Credit Union. According to the bank, the female made a withdrawal from the complainant's account. The woman had the driver's license, canceled debit card and specific information regarding the complainant's account.

The offender took out $228 from one account and $1,079 from another account for a total value of $1,307. According to the bank, they thought it was the complainant making the withdrawal and that at that time, the account nor the debit card had been flagged as stolen in the system. The complainant reported that the card had been canceled since the Friday before.

The bank informed police that they got a very good image of the offender and possibly a license plate number on the camera of the terminal and the drive-thru. The complainant noted VPD already had copies of the images, which she had seen. She said the images looked completely different from her.

In another matter, a woman with Herring Memorial United Methodist Church on Tifton-Eldorado Road reported Thursday that the church's bus was damaged and the two batteries were stolen. She said she checked on the bus April 15, and the batteries were weak and there was no damage. She had a man arrived to charge the batteries Thursday and noticed they were missing and the damage. The value of the batteries is about $125 each.

The report states the left back glass in the right corner was broken as well as several of the windows. Upon inspection by police, the front bus door lock was broken and it appeared that the windows had been shot either with a BB gun or a pellet rifle.

Also, a woman at Moon's Pharmacy on West Second Street reported Monday afternoon that someone broke the passenger-side window of her 2007 Chrysler Sebring and stole her black purse. She said the purse was sitting on the passenger seat. It didn't contain any items of value, only various pieces of mail and other papers. The report states it was unclear what object was used to break the window. Nothing else in the vehicle appeared to have been touched.

Another woman at Moon's Pharmacy reported her 2012 Ford Focus was also broken into. Someone broke the driver-side window and stole a pink floral makeup bag from the front passenger seat of the vehicle. Nothing else appeared missing from the vehicle at the time. It was unclear what object was used to break the glass.

In other unrelated cases:

- A woman reported Monday that while at Subway on Highway 82 West, someone entered her vehicle. She said the vehicle was left unlocked and the following items were taken: an Xbox 360, Apple iPad, six assorted CDs and an Apple iPhone.

- A woman who lives in the 900 block of East 44th Street reported Monday that someone entered her unlocked vehicle and took her purse. Nothing was damaged. The purse contained her license and debit/credit cards. She noted the offender left behind a valuable navigation GPS. A neighbor reported someone entered his vehicle also, but he didn't want to file a report. He said nothing was missing from his vehicle nor was anything damaged. The woman later reported another neighbor said their vehicle alarm had gone off. They reported seeing someone running away from the vehicle but couldn't give police a description or gender. Two houses down from the complainant also reported a flat tire and broken tail light. They didn't want to report the incident.

- A man with Microtel Inns on South Virginia Avenue reported Saturday a customer came into the hotel and told him a vehicle in the parking lot had a broken window. The driver-side window was shattered. The owner of the vehicle reported that the doors were locked. He said the glove box had been rifled through, but no items appeared to be missing.

- A man who lives on Beech Street reported Monday that two black juveniles were acting suspicious, looking around cars. A description was given of the subjects. An officer later said she had made contact with two black males matching the description. She said one of the juveniles ran away from her when she said she was going to take them back to be identified by the complainant and while getting the other subject in her patrol car. After searching the area, police were unable to make contact with the subject who ran. The other juvenile said when he realized the subject was looking through cars, he began to walk away from him.

- An officer reported Monday that while on patrol on West Ninth Street, he observed the door was kicked in at a residence in the area. Upon inspection, it appeared that someone kicked in the front door to the residence, shattering the frame of the door and completely destroying the door. The windows, other doors and the interior of the house appeared secure and undisturbed. Law enforcement was able to contact the victim, who said the house was completely vacant and unoccupied.

- A woman who lives on East Gate Drive reported Thursday that she and her family came home and later discovered the residence had been entered while they were gone for a little more than an hour. It was discovered that the back door was standing open about 6 inches. It is believed that this was the exit for the perpetrator, the report states. There was no damage to the door, however, the deadbolt screws were screwed out from the inside. Minor pry marks were found on the entry lock. The woman reported several items missing.

To contact reporter Latasha Ford, call 382-4321.


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