Tifton Gazette


March 6, 2014

Burglary reports take up time of local law enforcement

TIFTON — Local law enforcement responded to several incidents this week, including many burglaries.

According to an incident report filed at the Tifton Police Department, a couple told police Wednesday afternoon their home had been burglarized. They could not give a specific date or time, but the wife said she noticed her Samsung Blu-ray was missing from their home Monday.

She said she had some items that were stolen from her residence in the past by a subject she knows. In the past, however, she called the subject and threatened to call the police for stealing her items and that he had brought them back to her.

The woman said she called him and told him she wanted her Blu-ray back and he told her he would bring it back to her, but he never did. She later found out the alleged offender had pawned her Blu-ray and her husband’s hand drill at Tift County Trade and Pawn. A receipt showed both items were pawned for a total of $45.

In another matter, a man who lives in the 2800 block of Fulwood Road reported Sunday that when he returned home from work, he discovered numerous items were missing, as well as $110 in assorted currency. Evidence showed someone kicked in his back door.

Also, a woman who lives in the 100 block of East 13th Street reported Sunday that when she returned home, she saw her kitchen window on the east side of her house had been shattered, and her 32-inch flat screen television had been stolen from her living room. Officer Quinton Peacock reported he found a piece of glass in the victim’s lawn chair that led him to believe the offender used the chair to climb into the window.

In other unrelated cases:

• A man with Powerhouse Outdoor Equipment on West Second Street reported Feb. 28 someone jumped the rear fence and took two silver cylindrical propane tanks. The rear lot is partially surrounded by a tall privacy fence and shorter chain link fence. It could not be determined where the offender jumped the fence.

• A man who lives in the 1200 block of East 12th Street reported Feb. 28 he left his residence the morning before and upon arriving at his house the next day, he saw the back door was open. He then walked through the house and called 911.

He showed police where a wooden board that he kept braced under the doorknob had been knocked from under the door. The man said he checked the entire house and nothing appeared to be missing or tampered with. The only thing missing was his air conditioning window unit. He had a mount holding the unit just outside the window, which was pulled out of the ground. The wood was split where the unit was connected and ripped off.

• A woman who lives in the 700 block of East 12th Street reported Monday that when she returned to her residence, she noticed the side door was open. She said she was missing $1,500 in cash that was in the top drawer of her dresser, a 32-inch flat screen television, two African art statues, two African art paintings and a wall clock. She believed she left the door unlocked. There were no signs of forced entry.

• A woman reported Wednesday that someone used force to damage the front door of her rental home located in the 100 block of Pine Street.

• A man who lives in the 400 block of West 10th Street reported Saturday that someone went inside his residence and stole his wallet, which was taken from the dresser in the master bedroom. He reported the same thing happened in September, when a laptop was stolen.

• A man who lives in the 4500 block of Highway 82 West in Ty Ty reported Sunday that while he had been away from his residence, someone made entry and took some money. There were no visible signs of forced entry on any of the doors or windows of the residence.

• A couple reported Wednesday that someone called and said their telephone had been cloned. They then said they had four unknown telephone numbers that had been charged to their telephone bill for the months of January and February, but had not made any inquiry with their telephone provider as to how the charges had been acquired.

• A deputy reported Feb. 27 that he responded to a hang-up call in the area of Mathis Street, where an unknown female reported someone was attempting to assault her with a chainsaw. Upon arrival, deputies were unable to get a response from anyone inside the residence. They made entry into the house and cleared it. No one was found inside. The property owner was advised of the situation.

To contact reporter Latasha Ford, call 382-4321.

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