Investigators for the Upson County Sheriff’s Office are looking into a variety of thefts and burglaries that have occurred around the county over the last couple of weeks.
The first occurred on North Old Alabama Road. The homeowner told Deputy Shelton Richards that he had been away from home on business since May 28. When he returned on July 4, he found that his couch, love seat, 52-inch flat screen TV, bedroom suite, and washer and dryer were gone. He also discovered that his girlfriend had taken money out of his account, cashed checks and linked her PayPal account to his bank account. She had also gotten a Capital One credit card in his name and taken out a small loan from World Finance Corporation using his information. He added that she also had his green 1999 Ford F-150. The homeowner stated he believes his girlfriend has left the state and is residing with her sister in Miami, Florida. Investigators are looking into the case.
A homeowner on Hilley Bell Driver reported a burglary to Deputy Rodney Ozley. The man said sometime between June 21 and June 28, someone stole his gas backpack blower from a shed behind his house. He said the shed was shut, but not locked. The homeowner did not call in the burglary until July 1, but said he had waited until he got the serial number on the blower from Home Depot.
The third incident involved a shipment theft. A homeowner on Roland Road told Deputy Timothy Salter that he had ordered a $70 electric fence charger and it was due to arrive at his residence on June 23 by the U. S. Postal Service. It did not arrive on that date. He gave it a couple of the days, but it never showed up. When he checked with the Post Office, he was told that the item had been delivered to his residence on June 23 by the mail carrier. The man said the mail carrier usually delivers between 2-3 p.m., and neither he nor his wife were home at that time on June 23. He believes someone stole the package after it was delivered.
A homeowner on Acorn Drive told Deputy Salter on June 26 that his son’s $130 bicycle was missing. He said the lime green bicycle was last seen in his yard on June 23.
Two guns were taken from another home on Old Alabama Road sometime between June 25 and June 27. The homeowner told Deputy Salter she owned two guns, a .22 caliber semi-auto handgun and a .25 caliber semi-auto handgun. She said she kept them in a locked filing cabinet in her bedroom. She last saw them on June 25, and when she checked the drawer on June 27, they were missing. The .22 caliber gun is valued at $100, and the .25 caliber gun is valued at $200. Also taken were four boxes of .22 bullets and two boxes of .25 bullets.
Another theft occurred sometime between June 25-26 at a home on New Harmony Road. Deputy Zachary Wall made contact with the homeowner, who said he was missing jewelry from a jewelry box on the kitchen table. Taken was a gold chain with a watch pendant valued at $800, a gold diamond ring valued at $500, and two costume jewelry rings of unknown value. Also taken was $40 in cash from a cigarette case.
Deputy Wall was dispatched to a home on Atwater Road. The homeowner said his father had received a billing statement in the mail from retail outlet Sears on June 26. They believe someone used the father’s information to obtain a Sears Credit Card. Charged on the card was $227.98 for women’s footwear, hosiery, intimate apparel, jewelry and cosmetics, women’s apparel alterations, gift wrap, and other services. When the son contacted Sears, he was told his father’s Social Security number was used to open the account. The son said his father did not open the account or even know where a Sears store is located. He said the person he talked to at Sears told him the account was in Georgia, but would not give a location. Investigators are looking into the incident.
At a home on Sunnyside Circle, a boat was taken on June 27, and a second boat was returned on June 28. Deputy Salter took the report, which stated a person known to the homeowner had taken the boat from behind her shed without permission on June 27. Her son called the person and was told the boat would be returned. On June 28, the homeowner said that the boat that was returned was not the same one that was taken. Deputy Salter ran the boat registration on the second boat and found it registered to a man in Locust Grove. Investigators are looking into the incident.
Deputy Salter took another report at a home on East County Road on June 29. The homeowner said that someone broke into an enclosed trailer used for mobile jobs. Missing were $500 worth of miscellaneous hand tools, a $300 hammer drill, two angle grinders valued at $100 each, and a reciprocating saw valued at $130.
On July 2, Deputy Wall was dispatched to a home on Jay Ann Drive. The homeowner said he had been on vacation since June 29 and returned home on July 2 to find items missing from his garage. Stolen were a Sears drill, two batteries, and charger valued at $150. Also taken was a five-gallon plastic gas can, and a 40 to 50-piece set of tools valued at $150. The homeowner said his wife was home while he was on vacation, but she had not noticed anything unusual.
Also on July 2, Deputy Derric Pearson was dispatched to a home on Jeff Davis Road in reference to a theft. He spoke with the complainant, who said his father had a stroke the previous week and was recovering at Warm Springs Rehabilitation Center. His father asked him to check on his property on Jeff Davis Road, and when the son arrived, he found his father’s 1998 Buick Century missing. A four-wheeler was also missing from a shed, but it was found in another shed, and it is believed the thief rode the four-wheeler around before putting it back.
Deputy James Roscoe met with a theft victim at Grier’s Storage on Highway 19 North on July 6. She said she had moved some property into a storage unit on July 5, with the help of some friends. On July 6, she was going to move some more property, but could not find the key to the padlock. She went to the unit planning to cut the padlock and replace it, but found the door open and some of her property missing. Taken was a large mirror for a dresser, and numerous items in several boxes.
Finally, on July 6, Deputy Richard met a complainant on Roland Road. The man said he had recently arrived home from vacation and noticed the lock on the gate belonging to the power company missing. He went to check his trail/game cameras on the property and found two of them missing. The cameras were valued at $100 each.
Larry Stanford may be reached at 706-647-5414 or on Twitter @LarryStanford7.