Cordele Dispatch, Cordele, GA

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February 9, 2011

Local business burglarized, set on fire in pre-dawn incident

Cordele — Burglars broke into a 16th Ave. W. business early Wednesday morning and then in an apparent attempt to cover up the crime started a fire that did extensive damage to the property.

Cordele Police Department records show police officers and firemen were dispatched to Mitchell’s Bait and Tackle just after 3 a.m. to investigate the crime. The city’s fire department personnel had previously been dispatched there when a smoke alarm sounded.

Police Sgt. Jesse Barfield said Detective Ketorie Sales and the Georgia State Fire Marshall’s office were notified and the crime scene secured after the blaze had been extinguished. The incident remains under investigation.

In other activity on Tuesday, officers:

— Were asked Tuesday to investigate a couple of fraud complaints involving improper identification use and violations of Internal Revenue Service regulations.

A local resident told Patrolman Andrew Roufs a woman he identified has been using his name and Social Security number.

The victim said he does not know the woman well and is unaware of how she obtained his personal information. He said he has spoken with the Internal Revenue Service which, according to him, confirmed his identity had been stolen and advised him to file a police report for further processing.

The other fraud complaint was made by a woman who told Lt. Carrie Lull she began working at a local motel in November, 2009, and was laid off for a month before being called back to work in January, 2010.

She said she was paid by cash the first two pay periods and was told by the motel owner that taxes had been withheld on her salary. She said when she asked to be paid by check, she was given a personal check and reported that action to the IRS.

Then in July, she said she began to receive checks with a stub. Although she apparently worked all year, a W-2 form given her by the employee incorrectly reflected she had worked there only from June-December.

— Received a list of property reported stolen from a Cordele Mini Storage unit on Feb. 8.

Patrolman Roufs said the victim told him eight rods and reels, two tackle boxes, four television sets, 15 DVD movies and two boxes of assorted household goods were known to have been taken by thieves.

— Responded to a theft complaint.

A resident of the 1500 block of 16th Avenue E. told Lt. Lloyd Anderson that while she was away from her apartment visiting a friend someone entered her home and stole a bottle of eye drops medication valued at $120.

— Made three probation violation arrests.

Sgt. Charles Hill said he traveled to the Tift County Law Enforcement Center late Tuesday evening to place Richard John Strickland, 20, of Tifton, under arrest for that offense locally.

Sgt. Hill said he was later contacted by a Crisp County deputy sheriff who turned Shana Nipper Black, 20, of 115 Virginia St., over to him for the same offense.

Sgt. Robert Green said that his investigation of an unwanted person trying to enter a local residence led to the arrest of Eric Walker, 31, of 2106 Seventh St. S., for both probation violation and a state warrant reportedly involving non-payment of child support.

— Cited a 13-year-old girl for being an unruly juvenile and a truant when she refused to both obey her guardian and go to school.

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