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Effingham County Sheriff's Office reports
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March 8
Theft by taking - misdemeanor
A Clyo man told deputies that when he went to sleep, he had his debit card and $400 in cash in his wallet. When he woke up to go to work the next morning, his debit card and $120 in cash were missing, and the only other person at the house at the time was his girlfriend. The girlfriend told deputies the man had used the debit card the night before and put in his vehicle’s center console. He searched the house and the vehicle but found nothing. The girlfriend began packing her bags while the deputy was at the house, advising she was moving out.

March 8
Criminal damage to property
Deputies responded to a Bloomingdale residence on a report of damage to a house. Deputies were given descriptions of three subjects and when a deputy arrived at the house, he said he found it “totally destroyed.” Windows had been broken, walls had been broken and floors had been torn out. The complainant thought the bank had repossessed the house and it has been empty for some time. He told deputies he heard someone at the residence tearing up things, but he could not see very well and could not tell who the offenders were.

March 8
Terroristic threats and acts
A Guyton man went to the sheriff’s office to file a complaint that his roommate was threatening him and extorting money from him, telling deputies his roommate told him “I’m gonna beat your face in” and “I’m gonna pound on you.” Later, the deputy realized he had dealt with the roommate on previous incidents, telling another individual he was going to “punch your head in.” A GCIC check showed he was on felony probation, and he was convinced to come to the Springfield probation office. The roommate said he “got mad and said some things I shouldn’t have,” though he did not say what those were. Deputies advised him it was in his best interest to find another place to live.

March 9
Domestic dispute
Deputies and EMS responded to a home outside of Guyton to a report of an injury possibly sustained during a domestic altercation. The complainant was frantic that his step-sister had passed out on the back porch. Deputies attempted to awaken the step-sister, who appeared to be intoxicated and unable to comprehend what was happening. EMTs did wake her up, and she became belligerent and said her step-brother knocked her to the ground and hurt her knee and that she wished to be taken to the hospital. He told deputies they went to a local restaurant to have a few drinks and play pool but she became angry when he wouldn’t take her to buy crack cocaine. Their dispute continued at home, where he said the step-sister tried to kick him and she fell to the ground and passed out.

While she was at the hospital, the step-sister also assaulted personnel there, and Springfield Police officers dispatched to the scene told deputies she had struck a nurse in the face and was acting very belligerent. The nurse did not wish to press charges.

March 8
Possession of a controlled substance
Possession and use of drug-related objects
A deputy was dispatched to a vehicle accident on Old River Road and made contact with the parties involved. The driver of the vehicle that was struck said the other driver removed items from his vehicle and threw them toward the woods. Other deputies began searching the woodline and found a black plastic container, a syringe and a smoking device in the shape of a tomahawk that had the odor of burnt marijuana. The second driver was asked about the items and initially denied any knowledge or ownership.

The plastic case was opened to reveal more syringes, three small glass bottles with liquids, a blue rag and a large pill bottle. The driver’s name was written on the pill bottle and rag. The driver then said the case was his but the smoking device was not. He said the bottles contained doses of penicillin for his dogs. If asked they were steroids, he repeated they were not and were penicillin for his dogs.  When asked if he used steroids, the driver replied, “I’d be a lot bigger if I did.” An ECSO drug suppression unit investigator said the substances in the bottles were steroids.