On May 17, a forgery complaint was filed at Walmart, Eatonton Road. According to reports, an employee alleged that on Sunday, May 16, someone had passed a counterfeit $100 bill at the electronics department and a day later, someone had passed a counterfeit $20 bill at a front end check out counter. The bills were collected and taken into evidence.
On May 5, a burglary complaint was filed at The Bottle Shop, Eatonton Road. According to reports, an employee alleged that another employee had entered the store around 9 a.m. on a Sunday morning and went to the store’s main office. Reports state the employee alleged that the second employee took a money bag that contained $4,750 in cash. The second employee returned again at 10:30 a.m. and was supposed to come back to open the store at 12:30 p.m. but did not return. The complainant said he has tried to contact the employee but has failed. He turned over video surveillance to an investigating officer.
On May 18, a forgery in the first degree complaint was filed at Pilot Truck Stop, Eatonton Road. According to reports, an employee alleged that on May 13 a white male presented a forged gaming coupon worth $600. The man collected the money and returned on May 16 and presented a second forged gaming coupon worth $450. The man collected the $450 and left the truck stop in a white Honda with tinted windows.
On May 15, an entering auto complaint was filed at Jaz Mart, Monticello Road. According to reports, a woman said she entered the store to purchase a lighter and beer and after she realized she had left her identification in the vehicle, returned to her vehicle and noticed that her wallet with her identification, $300 and credit cards were gone. An officer reviewed video surveillance and observed a black male exit a blue four-door sedan, walk to the woman’s vehicle and take her wallet and keys. The man then left.
On May 15, an identity fraud complaint was filed at a Pinecrest Drive residence. According to reports, a woman alleged that someone had used her identity to file and receive unemployment benefits. The woman said she has been employed throughout the pandemic. Reports state that the beneficiary of the benefits is a person in Tamarac, Fla.
On May 19, Brian Vanderbeek Elliott, 35, Madison, was arrested and charged with DUI, failure to report an accident and possession of open container. According to reports, an officer responded to a citizen’s complaint at the corner of Dixie Avenue and Walker Circle alleging that a silver vehicle had attempted to turn off Dixie Avenue at 5:30 p.m. and had struck a street sign. The vehicle left the scene, but a front bumper remained at the scene. While the first officer was investigating the scene, a second officer reported that he had located a silver vehicle matching the description and without a front bumper parked at The Bottle Shop, a liquor store on Eatonton Road. An officer tested Elliot with a portable breath test and results, reports state, were .371. Officers also allegedly found six partially empty Jim Beam airplane bottles and a partially empty Rolling Rock beer bottle in the trunk of the vehicle. The bumper located on Dixie Avenue matched the empty bumper space on Elliott’s vehicle, reports state.
On May 20, a theft by shoplifting complaint was filed at Ollie’s, Eatonton Road. According to reports, an employee alleged that a black male wearing a red top and baseball cap exited the store with four Bissell EV675 robotic vacuum cleaners. Reports state the man did not pay for the items but told employees that the items had been prepaid and he was just there to pick the items up. The man walked to a white Snapping Shoals EMC work truck, entered the truck and left. The items are valued at $800.