Law Enforcement • February 16, 2012
Madison Police Department
• On Feb. 9 a forgery of checks complaint was filed at a Newman Drive location after a man alleged that his mother had forged a check for $700 to pay her mortgage. The mother told officers that she had sold her son a Honda and that the check was for payment for the car.
• On Feb. 10 a criminal trespass complaint was filed at an Eatonton Road location after a woman reported that two men distracted clerks at a convenience store while a third man entered the manager’s office at the store. Reports state that an elderly black male asked a clerk to step outside to answer a question about gas pumps and another elderly black male asked a second clerk for information regarding merchandise. While this was occurring, a younger man entered the office. Officers retained videotape of the event. The store manager reported that nothing appeared to be missing.
• On Feb. 11 a larceny complaint was filed at a White Street location after a woman reported that someone had taken a flat screen television from her residence. The woman said she won the television as a door prize and it was still in its box. The woman said one of two men who frequent her residence were most likely responsible for taking the television.
• On Feb. 10 a stolen property complaint was filed at an Eatonton Road location after a woman reported that she left a diaper bag filled with personal items in a shopping cart. The woman said when she returned to the store to retrieve the bag, it was gone. The woman said the bag contained a Kindle Fire, JVC video camera, Kodak camera, $80, military identification card, driver’s license, two credit cards and a debit card.
• On Feb. 12 Bradley Gene Phillips, 30, Loganville, was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana, possession of methamphetamine and tampering with evidence after an officer stopped Phillips for driving a truck with an expired tag. According to reports, after the stop, the officer noticed that Phillips appeared nervous. Officers obtained permission to search the vehicle and allegedly located a small bag of suspected methamphetamine in a spit cup in the vehicle. Reports state that a small bag of suspected marijuana was also located near a tool box in the vehicle.
• On Feb. 7 Vincente Murray, 19, Madison, was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana after an officer observed Murray standing near an auto parts store on Micha Way. The officer reported that he had an outstanding warrant for Murray’s arrest on a simple battery complaint. The officer reported that while making the arrest, he allegedly located a clear, plastic bag containing suspected marijuana in Murray’s jacket pocket.
• On Feb. 8 a burglary complaint was filed at an East Jefferson Street location after a woman reported that someone removed a screen from a window at her residence. Officers searched the residence but did not find anyone in the location.
• On Feb. 5 a larceny complaint was filed at a Larkmartin Street location after a woman reported that a couple refused to return a puppy. According to reports, the complainant said after she received the puppy, she became sick and could not care for the animal. She said a neighbor couple agreed to help with the puppy and kept it for approximately one month. The complainant said she offered to pay for food, but her offers were denied. The couple refused to give the puppy back, the complainant said. The couple said the woman made no effort to contact them and that it was their contention that the puppy had been abandoned. An officer arranged for a the couple to return the puppy, but that meeting was cancelled. Instead, the couple produced a $10,000 bill for the woman. A man said he would return the puppy when the woman produced $10,000 which he said covered the cost of boarding and training the puppy for the month.
Morgan County Sheriff’s Office
• On Feb. 10 a theft by taking complaint was filed at a Newborn Road location after an officer on patrol noticed that someone had removed a 15-foot section of copper tubing from an air conditioning unit outside a bank. According to reports, two other units had not been distrurbed.
• On Feb. 2 an abandonment of dependent child complaint was filed at a Jackson Street location after a woman alleged that another woman had come to her house and left a child and child seat on the driveway. The complainant alleged that the child’s father was staying at the location but was not present when the child was left at the residence. According to reports, the father said the child was left with a dirty diaper, no food and no jacket. The father said the child could not stay at the location because the mother of the child and the father’s friend at the location had an “issue.” The father also said he had no custodial rights to the child. While the officer was at the scene, the child’s mother returned with clothing and diapers for the child, reports state. The mother said the father had agreed to watch the child and that the father was present when she left the child. The mother said she had to go to work. The father said he did not want the child at the residence. The mother said she did not want the child, either, and requested that all three adults be arrested and jailed. Eventually the father’s father agreed to accept the 2-year-old child.
• On Feb. 12 a theft by taking complaint was filed at Reids Ferry Road, Buckhead location after a woman reported that someone had taken an air conditioning unit from a rental house she owned. The woman said the tenants had moved out on Feb. 6 and that the power to the house was cut off on Feb. 7. The unit is valued at $5,000.
• On Feb. 10 a found property report was filed at a Bishop location after a woman reported locating a purse in a driveway. The purse contained cash, credit cards, a driver’s license and other personal information. The purse was returned to the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office, the owner was located and told to retrieve the purse.
• On Feb. 9 a 13-year-old male student at Morgan County Middle School was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana after an instructor at the school reported that he had located a small bag of suspected marijuana on the student’s person while he was requesting that the student empty his pockets. The student was serving in school suspension at the time of the discovery. The student was turned over to his parents.
• On Feb. 7 a theft by taking complaint was filed at a Bethany Church Road, Buckhead location after a man reported that while he was working in a church parking lot cutting concrete, someone took his concrete saw and diamond blade. The man said he went into the church for approximately 10 minutes and when he returned the saw and blade were both gone.
• On Feb. 6 a theft by taking complaint was filed at a Bostwick Road location after a man reported that someone removed a Stihl leaf blower, a Stihl weed eater, a Stihl hedge trimmer and a Stihl pole saw from a shed on his property. The items are valued at $2,200.
• On Feb. 5 a stalking complaint was filed at a Emerald Lane location after a woman reported that a man with whom she had ended a relationship with in 2008 had begun to call and text her after being told numerous times to stop. The woman said the man also came to her house on one occasion.
Printed in the February 16, 2012 edition.