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April 21, 2014

Stolen debit card returned

TIFTON — Local law enforcement recently responded to several vehicle break-ins and damages and other incidents.

According to an incident report filed at the Tifton Police Department, a woman who lives in the 1000 block of Lee Avenue reported Thursday afternoon that someone entered her locked white 1996 Chevrolet Silverado pickup and removed her wallet. The offender also took her license that was on the dash and her BB&T debit card, which was on the center console. She said she checked her bank account and found that someone had used her debit card at Jenny's Fashion on Main Street for $189, McDonald's for $2.02 and Old Times for $2.02 and $5.

As she was reporting the incident to police, she received a phone call informing her that the female individual who used her debit card earlier was back in Jenny's Fashion trying to use it again. Officers responded to the business. However, the offender had already left the scene with another female. The woman's debit card was returned to her. The total value of the items taken was $68.

In another matter, a woman who lives in the 500 block of West 11th Street reported Wednesday morning that when she awoke and went outside her residence, she noticed that the radio in her 2001 black Explorer had been stolen. It appeared that the offender took their time to properly unhook everything. Nothing else was taken from the vehicle. This is one of three vehicles that were broken into in this yard, the report states.

Also, a man who lives in the 100 block of Brookhaven Drive reported Wednesday morning that someone entered his unlocked silver Ford Focus as it sat facing west under his carport and went through the vehicle. Nothing was taken from the car.

In other unrelated cases:

- A 17-year-old female who lives in the 1500 block of Mosley Avenue reported Wednesday morning that she went outside and found the driver's side window and front windshield busted out of her vehicle. There was half of a brick lying in the front driver's seat. Nothing was taken out of the vehicle. It was not clear what was used to bust the front passenger side windshield, the report states. The glass was still in the windshield.

- A man reported Sunday that his friend had her vehicle entered and it was believed to have been entered by the same person who had damaged his vehicle. His friend, who lives in the 1200 block of North Park Avenue, told police that she believed her ex-boyfriend was responsible for the incident.

- A man who lives in the 1000 block of Lee Avenue reported Saturday that he came outside to find that someone had spray painted in black paint "72 hours" on the front of his home and then spray painted the south side of the home as well with the words "tag you" and an arrow pointing to his bedroom window. He also found that the driver's side of his work truck had been spray painted with the words "pumb way 4" with an arrow pointing up. The driver's side mirror was sprayed with black paint as well. The man reported that he checked his 2002 Honda Accord and found that what appeared to be a question mark had been spray painted on the driver's door. The driver's side mirror was also spray painted.

- A woman who lives in the 700 block of Timmons Drive reported Friday that someone entered her green 1996 Chevrolet Lumina through an unlocked driver's door and took a Pioneer AM/FM CD player.

- A woman reported Friday that she went inside Walmart and when she returned to her parked vehicle, she found that it had been entered somehow. She said the vehicle was locked. However, she found the door on the passenger side was unlocked. Three bottles of medication were missing.

- A man reported Sunday morning that someone stole his white 1983 Oldsmobile Cutlass that was parked in his mother's yard on South College Avenue. The vehicle was stolen sometime between Friday and Saturday. It was a two-door car with shaved door handles so that entry could only be made with a remote. Clear tint is on the windows, and the tires have 26-inch chrome rims. A lookout was put on the vehicle in the local area.

- A woman who lives on Clay Drive reported Thursday that she left her residence for work with all entry ways secure and the residence in order. However, her friend, who also lives at the residence, returned to discover that the back sliding glass door had been pried open. The friend reported that his wallet was missing from within a clothes hamper in the closet of the spare bedroom. It contained approximately $1,500 in assorted currency from a recent tax return. The woman reported that approximately $8,000 to $10,000 in assorted currency was missing from within a sock in a duffel bag filled with socks, also located in the closet of the spare bedroom. Pry marks were found on the back door of the residence.

- A woman reported Thursday that someone entered a residence located in the 3000 block of North Tift Avenue and removed a steel guitar in a black case and a violin in a black case. There was no certain point of entry or any signs of force used to make entry.

- A woman who lives in the 500 block of Maple Street reported Wednesday that she was in her bedroom when someone threw a large rock through her bedroom window. She said she didn't see who threw the rock, but there were children playing in the back alley.

To contact reporter Latasha Ford, call 382-4321.

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John Gamble (right) is joined by John Reid at the Tiftarea YMCA Saturday.

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