Madison Police Department

Madison Police Department

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On July 2 a theft by taking complaint was filed at Walmart, Eatonton Road. According to reports, an employee alleged that three males took three gift cards from the main cashier area of the store and went to the garden center. The men then had the cashier at the garden center activate the card and while the cashier was distracted one of the men punched a “cash out” button on the register, closing the transaction and making the stolen gift cards active. The men then left the store.

On July 15 James Philip Garner, 35, Rutledge was arrested and charged with open container and possession of marijuana, less than an ounce. According to reports, Garner was stopped at a road block on East Jefferson Street at 11 p.m. Consequent to the stop, an officer noted that he smelled marijuana coming from the vehicle. A search of the vehicle revealed one suspected marijuana cigarette and an open bottle of Kraken rum in the center console. A passenger in the vehicle, Devontai Chester, 19, Madison, was cited with possession of marijuana, less than an ounce and was released at the scene.

On July 22 warrants for possession of drugs, possession of drugs in a drug free zone, reckless driving, possession of marijuana, less than an ounce; failure to maintain lane, driving with no license, failure to yield and headlight requirements were filed against Winton Williams, 31, Madison. According to reports, an officer attempted to make a traffic stop on a vehicle allegedly driven by Williams on East Washington Street for a defective headlight. The vehicle, instead, fled reaching speeds of more than 85 mph on East Washington Street. The vehicle stopped on Green Meadow Drive and the driver fled on foot. Reports allege an officer found a cell phone in the vehicle that belonged to Williams.

On July 23 an identity fraud complaint was filed at a North Main Street residence. According to reports, a man reported that he received two envelopes in the mail that had checks made out to a person in San Francisco and another in Washington state ostensibly from the complainant. One of the checks was for $5,000, reports state.

On July 26 a theft by taking complaint was filed at Family Dollar, Eatonton Road. According to reports, an employee reported that at 5:20 p.m. she set her purse containing a Google Pixel 3 XL phone, wallet, driver’s license, debit card and cash under a shelf by cash registers. The woman said five hours later she noticed her purse was missing.

On July 26 an information report was filed at the Madison Cemetery, West Central Avenue. According to reports, an officer reported observing a partially burnt Confederate flag apparently removed from the Confederate Memorial inside the cemetery. There was also spray painted letters on a stop sign and on the ground near the burned flag.

On July 23 Marcus Whipple, 25, Milledgville was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana, less than an ounce. According to reports, a vehicle driven by Whipple was stopped because there was no tag displayed. The stop occurred on Interstate 20 on the 113 exit ramp. Consequent to the stop, reports state, an officer allegedly found a small amount of suspected marijuana inside a cigarillos package. Officer also learned that Whipple was wanted out of a Baldwin County.

On July 22 a harassing phone calls complaint was filed at Subway, Eatonton Road. According to reports, an employee said someone called the restaurant twice and requested sexual favors on both occasions. The employee gave an officer the name and number that had appeared on caller ID. The officer called the number and a man told him he lives in New York state and had no knowledge of the calls.

On July 23 a criminal trespass and burglary complaint was filed at an Eatonton Road residence. According to reports, a man said he hear loud noise coming from a residence near a motel. An officer responded to the residence and found a a double hung window laying off its frame in the rear of the house. Nothing was reported taken and no other criminal intent was identified.

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