Moultrie Observer

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September 7, 2012

Social Security fraud among thousands of dollars in thefts

MOULTRIE — A Moultrie nursing home resident hasn’t been receiving her Social Security deposits — but someone has, and Moultrie police are working to find out who.

Angie Milner, administrator of Heritage Healthcare, called police Thursday because resident Leta Corry has not been receiving any of her Social Security money. Police indicated this had been going on since February.

Milner said she spoke with the Social Security Administration and with the bank into which the money was deposited, and she learned a debit card associated with that account was being used.

In all, $7,778 has been taken from Corry’s account, police said.

Other thefts

Moultrie Police

• Glenda O’Neal told police Thursday that burglars had broken into the family business at 123 First Ave. N.E., which had been closed since 2005. O’Neal said she had been there Aug. 27 and some Lance Glass jars, Christmas decorations and decoupage she made for her father were there at that time.

O’Neal said her brother called and said he thought the business had been broken into; chairs that had been in front of the door had been moved. She checked on the building and found the items missing.

The items were valued at $2,625.

• Police responded to a report of theft by deception Thursday at Lazarus Department Store, 101 First St. S.E. Clothing worth $49 was taken.

• Copper wiring, valued at $2,000, was taken from a house in the 500 block of West Central Avenue. Property owner Daughtry Melton, of Attapulgus, noticed the damage Wednesday evening and called police.

Melton had reported damage at that same house Monday, but nothing appeared to have been stolen there at that time. Also on Monday he reported an air conditioner and copper wire taken from the house next door, which he also owns.

Sheriff’s Office

• Patricia Lusby, 200 block Hawthorne Drive, reported Thursday that her residence had been entered and several items taken. Lusby said she’d left home Aug. 31 and returned Thursday to find four necklaces, three watches and a diamond solitaire wedding ring missing from her jewelry box. All the jewelry dated to the 1940s and ’50s, she said. A .38-caliber revolver and an antique lamp were also gone. The total value of the items was $4,000.

• Darrell and Christina Johnson, 400 block Minnissee Road, reported Wednesday that items were taken from a mobile home they used to live in. They were storing the items in the mobile home on a relative’s land until they had a place to put them. Darrell Johnson went Wednesdsay to retrieve them.

Missing were a digital camera, two suitcases, clothes, blankets, decorative items, vitamins, dishes, plates, yearbooks and family photos with a total value of $721.

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