Cordele Dispatch, Cordele, GA

August 25, 2011

City police investigate child neglect case

Staff Writer
Cordele Dispatch

Cordele — Warrants have been requested charging a local mother with child neglect.

Cordele Police Department Lt. Louis New said residents of the 700 block of Westtown Ave. contacted authorities just after 12:30 a.m. Wednesday to report a woman they named came to their home and asked that she be given a ride to her residence.

When the complainants denied that request, the offender reportedly became angry and as she was leaving told the home occupants she was leaving her children in her car.

Just before 1 a.m., a male resident at the home went outside, saw the woman walking away and then found the offender’s children ages 4, 2 and 11 months in the vehicle.

Police were unable to immediately locate the mother.

In other activity on Monday and early Tuesday, officers:

— Arrested a 29-year-old Cordele man who came to the police station and requested a background check be performed on himself.

Moments later, it was learned James Calvin Evans Jr., of 411-B 14th Ave. W., was being sought by Dooly County on an outstanding warrant for adultery. He was later released to a deputy from that department.

— Looked into two fraud complaints one of which involved an improper federal income tax return and the other related to counterfeit money.

Ptl. Yamonika Wilson said a female resident of the 300 block of 18th Ave. W. told her she had allowed a woman she named to use her personal information to file a return in her name.

When the Internal Revenue Service later replied she had already claimed taxes for the year, the victim began her own investigation and found the unlawful return had been mailed to a nearby home. Investigation continues.

Meanwhile, a Crisp County Power Commission employee contacted police when a bogus $20 bill was presented as part of a utility bill payment.

The subject submitting the fake money said it had been in his possession for “some time” and that he did not know where he had received it.

— Made five shoplifting arrests at Walmart.

Lt. Lloyd Anderson said he was called to that business just after 2:30 p.m. Wednesday when a loss prevention officer said he observed Travis Marcus Roberts, 20, of 1020 12th St. S., conceal a $9 JVC head phone in his pocket and attempt to leave without making payment for it.

Just before 6 p.m. Tuesday, Ptl. Andrew Roufs responded to an incident in which a 16-year-old girl and 17-year-old Oliceya Brown of 306 Rockhouse Rd. were allegedly caught trying to shoplift items valued at about $65.

The juvenile was later released to the custody of her mother. The older teen was allowed to leave the police station after posting bond.

Ptl. Roufs said he again went to that location just after midnight Wednesday when a different loss prevention officer said he saw two women attempt to steal items valued at just under a combined $125.

Charged were Jacqueria Royal, 19, of 713 Pateville Heights Court, and Skylar Towns, 19, of 435 Church St., Byromville. Both allegedly admitted to placing items in their purse without the intention of paying for them.

— Investigated a trio of theft cases.

Two employees of Cordele Health and Rehab told Lt. New just before 7:30 p.m. Tuesday that someone had entered their cars to gain access to items that were stolen.

One of the victims said she lost an estimated $30 in change, an assortment of personal cards and her driver’s license. The other said she was missing a $200 I-phone.

A resident of the 400 block of 21st Ave. E. told Sgt. Robert Montgomery that upon arriving home just before 8:30 p.m. Tuesday she found her refrigerator and two window air conditioners missing. The property was valued at $350.

— Received a complaint from a 27th Ave. E. resident who told Sgt. Wayne Hubbard his 14-year-old grandson had used his credit card without authorization while making a $180 internet purchase.