On Aug. 14 at 9:38 p.m., the Savannah Chatham Metropolitan Police Department bomb squad responded to the intersection of U.S. 80 and GA 204 because of a possible grenade in the roadway.
It was determined that the grenade in question was an inert replica of a World War II fragmentary grenade. There were no explosives or other hazardous materials present. The grenade was collected to be disposed of. The scene was turned over to the Pooler Police Department.
• A routine traffic stop resulted in numerous charges against the driver.
An officer on routine patrol at Price and Harris streets observed a truck that had a windshield with a spider web-type crack across it. The truck also had a Florida tag with no revalidation decal. When the officer ran the tag, the information came back that the tag was expired, so the officer initiated a traffic stop at the intersection. The driver told the officer he didn’t have a driver’s license because it had been suspended. Again, the officer ran a check and learned that the man’s Georgia driver’s license had nine active suspensions. The most recent was for driving under the influence. The man was in default on his child support payments. He also couldn’t produce proof of insurance.
The officer placed the driver under arrest. As he was being put in the back of the patrol car, the man’s wife arrived and asked to talk to him through the back window.
As the couple talked, the officer overheard the man say, “Go get that thing under the seat, in the middle.” The officer already had taken a pack of rolling papers off the man during a search, and went to the truck and found a plastic bag of marijuana hidden in it.
• A woman reported that someone had opened unauthorized accounts at three local department stores in her 86-year-old aunt’s name. About $4,000 was charge on one of the cards. Also, the victim’s credit card was used to make purchases at two other department stores. The victim’s niece told police the victim lives with her and has three nurses/sitters who come in to take care of her. Because she had possession of the credit cards, police think only the numbers were used for those purchases.
• An East Anderson Street resident called police to report that his car had been stolen. He told police he had parked the vehicle in a vacant lot. When he returned the next morning, the car was gone. The man said the same car had been stolen from him four years ago. In that instance, the rear passenger’s window had been broken and the man said the car had never been repaired.
Because the car could be started with a screwdriver, the man removed the battery each night, but failed to do so on the night it was stolen. The man was given a case report number, a lookout was posted for the car.
• An officer was flagged down at the intersection of Abercorn Street and Tibet Avenue and told an auto theft had just occurred.
The victim said his car had been stolen from a bank parking lot and pointed at the car as the thief was fleeing in it. The officer advised Dispatch of the situation and attempted to catch up to the car. It immediately pulled back onto a frontage road east of Abercorn and continued north. It came to a stop on the frontage road in front of English Oaks Apartments and the man inside fled on foot into the apartment complex. The officer left his patrol vehicle and pursued the suspect on foot. The suspect lost his hat along the south side of the apartment complex. As the officer continued to pursue the suspect, he could see the suspect looking back at him. The man eventually was captured and charged with armed robbery.
• A Morningside Drive resident reported that he returned home to find that a window air conditioner had been removed and replaced.
The unit was screwed into the window frame, but the screws had been pulled out and the skirting was damaged. There was mud on a blanket on the bed below the window, and also on the window frame inside the room. The window opens on a area with heavy brush, making access difficult. The man said the air conditioner was running when he returned home and nothing seemed to be missing, so it was unclear if entry had been made. The man was given a case report number card.