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Crime Watch

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The following information is gleaned from incident reports, which are public record, from the Jones County Sheriff’s Department and Gray Police Department May 6-12, 2020.

May 6

Sheriff’s deputy Gleaton took a report from a resident on Hunting Circle who said she suspects she is a victim of identity fraud. The woman said she had received notice from three national banks saying that her applications for credit cards had been denied. She also said she received a letter from the U.S. Postal Service concerning a change of address request submitted in her name. She said she had made none of the applications or requests and that she had already contacted the Postal Service. Gleaton advised her to also contact a credit bureau to check for unauthorized accounts.

Sheriff’s deputy Mason responded to a report to a yard fire on Erica Lane at 5:48 p.m. The resident said she had not been burning anything so did not know how the fire began. Fire department personnel arrived and put out the fire.

Sheriff’s Sgt. Humphries responded to a complaint of someone recklessly operating an ATV on Bethune Avenue at 6:10 p.m. but was unable to locate the rider.

May 7

Sheriff’s deputy Land responded to a complaint of a dog chasing a baby goat on Rebel Drive at 6:52 p.m. Both animals were owned by the resident who called. She said the dog had chased the goat into the woods but that the goat was recovered before he arrived.

Sheriff’s deputy Warren responded to a complaint of ATV riders racing on Gregory Drive at 7:28 p.m. but could not locate the riders when he arrived.

May 9

Sheriff’s deputy Shurley investigated a complaint of a damaged vehicle on J.H. Aldridge Drive at 3:29 p.m. The complainant said he had an ongoing dispute with a neighbor concerning the neighbor knocking golf balls and marbles into his yard and other issues. He said the previous day he was working in the yard when he heard a loud noise and discovered that the back window of his car had been shattered. He checked his security video and could see a white marble enter his yard and strike the window. Shurley reviewed the video and could see the marble come from the direction of the neighbor’s yard, but no one could be seen. Shurley said he could not charge the neighbor since there was not a witness that he actually propelled the marble, but that he would speak to him and warn him about hitting objects toward his neighbor. Shurley was unable to contact the neighbor that day.

May 10

Sheriff’s deputy Turner responded to Jarrell Plantation Road at 3 p.m. concerning lost hikers on the Hitchiti Forest trail. One of the hikers was contacted by cell phone and was directed back to the correct trail to lead his family back to the trail head. A ranger assisting in the search gave the family members bottles of water, and they all checked out OK.

Sheriff’s deputy Johnson responded to a report of shots being fired on Fortville Road at 7:18 p.m. The resident said he heard his daughter screaming in the yard and went out to check on her. He said he then heard gunshots and saw puffs of dirt where bullets were striking the ground. Johnson checked the area but could find no one who appeared to have been shooting.

May 11

Sheriff’s deputy Mason took a report from a resident of Spradly Drive at 12:50 p.m. who said he had been swindled out of $8,053, but the suspect was not identified.

Sheriff’s deputies Land, Carr and Mason responded at 1:49 p.m. to a report of a burlary in progress on Sun Valley Drive, and that one of the two suspects appeared to be armed. The deputies encountered two men with fishing poles walking out from behind the house when they arrived. They were identified, and one of the men said he had done some work for the resident and she had told him he could fish in the lake behind her house. The homeowner arrived and confirmed the man’s story. It was determined that the young son of the homeowner was home when the men arrived and knocked on the door. He became alarmed and ran next door to a neighbor, who called 911 to report the burglary.

Sheriff’s deputy Land responded to a grass fire on Chapel Hill Road at Chapman Road at 3:45 p.m. The resident reported he was cutting grass when his mower became stuck in the ditch in an area of high, dry grass. He said the exhaust on the mower ignited the grass. He was able to pull the mower, which suffered only minor damage, from the fire with his truck, and fire department personnel arrived to put out the fire.

May 12

Sheriff’s deputy Warren responded to a report of a possibly rabid raccoon on Sun Valley Drive at 3:07 p.m. The resident said the raccoon had attacked her dog. The raccoon was staggering around at the treeline at the back of the yard and was bleeding from a hind leg. Warren shot the raccoon and the woman took her dog to the vet to be checked.

Sheriff’s deputy Amerson investigated a complaint of speeding ATVs on Gregory Drive at 8:04 p.m. but could not locate the riders.