Two people were arrested recently after a bizarre incident at a home on Stagecoach Way.
Denise Smith Chester, 37, of 76 Forest Avenue, Commerce, was charged with burglary in the first degree, while Ryan Lamar Smith, 36, of 138 Tanner Lane, Nicholson, was charged with burglary and a probation violation.
According to the incident report, a woman called 9-1-1 around 11:21 a.m. to report an incident, described as a burglary, that had just occurred. Sgt. Jason Luke and officer Jason Ring responded to the call where they met with the woman and her son. The woman told them she was sitting on her bed in her bedroom near the front of the house when a white male and a white heavyset female, wearing full face masks, walked through the front door without knocking.
The two proceeded to come into her room and the female then laid down on the bed beside her. The man came in the room but remained by the door. The woman said she attempted to pull the mask off the woman’s face while yelling for her son. At that point, the woman got up and the two ran out the front door as the victim’s son came from the back of the house. She said she did not see any weapons, and that neither tried to use force on her. Her son said he was in his bedroom when he heard his mother yell for him. As he came around the hall corner, he said he saw the man and woman running out the front door. He said he heard the man tell the woman, “get the h… out of here girl.”
The son followed them outside and got their tag number as they drove away.
The female was described as heavyset with long black hair and wearing a greenish camo face mask and the male was wearing a dark face mask and a white sleeveless shirt.
The victim said that about 45 minutes before the incident, a male came to the residence asking for her son and left his name and phone number.
A traffic stop was made at Mt. Hermon Church in Ila and the victims were brought to the scene to identify the occupants.
Other incidents on file at the sheriff’s office recently included:
•Forgery and theft by taking were reported on Elm Road recently after a woman reported that someone took a “starter” bank check from her residence. She said a woman who has access to her checking account with a debit card only allegedly signed the check with the victim’s name at a grocery store in Lexington two days after the checking account was closed.
•A woman at Joy Baptist Church contacted 9-1-1 about a child having a severe burn to his arm. The woman said she heard the child scream as if in pain and noticed a bandage on his arm seemed too tight. She asked his mother if she could redo the bandage and then took him into another room where she found the arm was severely burned. The mother said the child was with his father over the weekend, who told her that their son had fell into a campfire and burned his arm while at Hartwell Lake. She said the arm was bandaged when he came home and she had not looked at the wound. The Department of Family and Children’s Services was contacted and the child was taken to Athens Regional to be treated.
•Several incidents of counterfeit money were reported at various businesses around the county.
•Surveillance tape showed that a white male tried to burglarize the Dollar General in Colbert. Once the perpetrator gained entry by shattering the front door glass, the alarm sounded and he fled.
•A man on Maplewood Lane said someone stole his push mower and gas can from his yard.
•A woman on Hannah Heights Trail reported that she believes her son broke into her house to get food. She said he has done this before and she wanted a report to take to his upcoming juvenile court date.
•A man on Hwy. 106 South reported that a woman he knows will not stop calling him. He flagged down officer Lewis Fisher at the Market on Main to tell him the woman is calling him nonstop. While speaking with Fisher, the man’s phone rang and he handed it to Fisher, who told the woman to stop calling the man. He reported that the woman had called him 21 more times since Fisher told her to stop.
•A woman on Hwy. 29 South reported that someone stole copper tubing from her recently deceased mother’s home.
•A woman on Hwy. 29 South reported that someone stole her mother’s purse. She said a man came to her mother’s residence last week to do some yard work and she had gone to the bank and given the man $200 for the work. That night she noticed her purse missing. The man had a young pregnant girl and an older man with him and all were told not to be in the house. They called the bank to put a freeze on the account.
•A man on McCurley Road reported that someone took his wallet and surveillance cameras in his backyard showed a white male come from the woods into his yard, go around the house and then leave running. When this happened, the man said he was cutting grass in his front yard and had noticed a brown older van drive past his house slowly, pulling over the last time before leaving at a high rate of speed. He also discovered his sunglasses missing from his vehicle later.
•A man on Woodale Street reported that someone cut two of his tires. A neighbor told him that they saw a black male in red shorts cut the tires.
•Officer Chad Parr was dispatched to do a welfare check on a woman living in a camper without electricity or water on Della Slaton Road. The woman told Parr she was “fine” but had blackout spells occasionally. She said she had lived in the camper for a little over a month and gets water from a neighbor. She said she lives with her daughter, who takes her check and gives her a small portion of it. She also said she had been abused mentally and physically by a grandson in the past. A person with Adult Protective Services was to meet with her to try to get her more help.
•A woman told officer Andrew Wilkes that she thinks she lost her pistol in the Ingles parking lot. She said she keeps it in her boot and it fell out when she got back in her vehicle.
•A woman on Stoy Smith Road reported that her son got mad at her and slammed the dishwasher door breaking a cup. He also hit the refrigerator, leaving a dent.