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Effingham County Sheriff's Office reports
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Jan. 4
Disorderly conduct
Deputies were dispatched to a home after a report of an uninvited ex-boyfriend on the scene. The ex-boyfriend said he drove from Jacksonville to the child’s mother’s home to check on the child’s welfare, for some unknown reason. The complainant said she had been in an on-again, off-again relationship with the subject for over 10 years. She had an acquaintance, whom she was not involved with, at the house, and the subject apparently was there to see who his competition for the complainant was. There was never any mention of the child’s welfare or even if the child was at home. The suspect beat repeatedly on the doors and windows, asking for the other man to come outside and fight.

Jan. 4
Terroristic threats and acts
Deputies went to a Springfield-area home after a resident said they had received two phone calls from a restricted number, stating they were going to shoot his house. The complainant said he did not recognize the voice on the other end.

Jan. 5
Damaged property
Simple assault
A man and a woman told deputies they were driving in the Bloomingdale area when they saw a man and a woman walking on the side of the road. One of the subjects threw a beer can at their pickup, striking the windshield and then the roof of the cab. The man stopped and asked why they threw the beer can at his truck, and the female subject replied by asking him to run her over. The woman on the side of the road also made threats toward the woman in the truck and threatened to damage her vehicle. The subjects left on foot but the victims didn’t know which direction they were headed.

Jan. 6
Burglary - first degree
A Springfield man said someone broke into his home through an unlocked window and took a 32-inch television set.

Jan. 6
Domestic dispute
After responding to a Rincon-area home around 4 a.m., deputies found what appeared to be blood spots on the dining room floor and what appeared to be a pool of blood in front of a door. The woman living there said she and her boyfriend had been in an argument and that he appeared to have been drinking. He was said to have called his mother and told her that he was going to prison for the rest of his life. He then retrieved a long gun from the closet and pointed it at the victim. The victim yelled “please come get him.” He put the gun away until his mother arrived. As he was collecting his clothes, the victim asked him for his key, and he punched her in the face at least twice.

The victim and another witness said the suspect ran out of the house to his mother’s car, where he retrieved the gun and went to the front of the home. Deputies searched the area for several blocks. They found the suspect’s keys in the front yard and an empty ammunition box. Deputies called the suspect’s mother, who said she was driving around the area looking for her son. When asked to return to the home, she hung up and subsequently did not answer her phone again.

Jan. 9
Theft by taking
Deputies responded to a Meldrim residence, where a man said his golf cart had been stolen. He told deputies he saw it at 5:15 p.m. the day before and noticed it missing that morning at 8:10 a.m. It appeared to have been pushed from under the carport and toward the road.

Jan. 9
Theft by receiving stolen property
A Clyo man told deputies two vehicles appeared to have been abandoned on his property, and he believed they may have been stolen. Deputies confirmed the vehicles had been stolen out of Savannah earlier in the week.

The complainant said there were two men he knew who were interested in cutting down a tree on his property but they didn’t show up for a couple of weeks, so he cut the tree down on his own. When the two men eventually arrived at his house to cut down the tree, the complainant told deputies the men were driving the suspect trucks. They asked if they could park the trucks there while they went to a friend’s house in Screven County.

A few days went by and they hadn’t come back for the trucks, so the complainant went to look at them and noticed the ignition system on both vehicles had been damaged. The fleet manager for the company that owned the two trucks was notified the vehicles had been found, and warrants were issued for the two men.

Jan. 9
Suspicious incident
A woman told deputies her son and another female were involved in an incident at a Guyton store, and she saw on Facebook the other woman had postings her son was going to get jumped. Though there were not any names used in the postings, she believes the posts were about her son. The complainant was advised to unfriend the other woman on Facebook. She was provided a case report card and informed how to handle the situation.

Jan. 9
Burglary - first degree
A Guyton-area man said as he was moving out of his home, he noticed some of his wildlife taxidermy was missing. He said someone had entered through the garage door, though deputies found no evidence at the scene and no witnesses could identify a suspect.

Jan. 10
Suspicious vehicle
Deputies were called to Race Path and Rahn Station roads, where two Department of Natural Resources rangers had a suspect in handcuffs. The rangers saw the suspect’s truck on the side of the road and thought he may be hunting. When he rolled down his window, they detected a very strong odor of marijuana. He admitted to the rangers he was smoking marijuana and turned over to them two small, clear bags which had marijuana and a glass smoking pipe.

Jan. 10
Driving without a valid license
A deputy was on patrol on Highway 80 when he spotted a car without a working tag light. The driver, who was from Mexico, said he did not have his license yet. Dispatchers also said the driver’s name was coming back as unlicensed.

Jan. 11
Entering automobile
A Rincon-area resident told deputies a pistol had been stolen from his vehicle. He said he last saw the weapon Dec. 20 and didn’t realize it was missing until Jan. 11.