A vehicle reported stolen by a Moultrie woman was found with the interior burned.  A deputy sheriff found the buned-out car Thursday morning.

Elizabeth Vazquez-Rodriguez, of the 500 block of 26th Avenue Southeast, reported that the 1997 Ford Ranger that was taken from her residence. She told police that she last saw the truck, valued at $4,500, at about 8:30 p.m. Wednesday.

An investigation showed that the truck had been posted as for sale online, police said.

Vazquez-Rodriguez told police that two relatives who had been “turned away” by the family had burglarized another relative’s residence and could have taken the truck.

The deputy who found the car reported to police that when he opened the door of the truck that was parked in the roadway smoke came from the interior. He found the truck near the intersection of Greenfield Church Road and Tallokas Road.

The inside of the vehicle apparently had been burned, police said, and it appeared that someone had tampered with the ignition.

The theft remains under investigation.

In other thefts:

• Davida Madison, 34, Moultrie reported Thursday the theft of a temporary tag from a 2011 Nissan Altima.

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• Tara Clayton, 200 block East Gate Drive, Norman Park, reported Thursday that a package delivered to her residence was stolen.

The box contained a silicone freeze tray, ice pop mold, pushup mold and Ninja prep blender.


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• Tronteria Waters, 1500 block Fourth Avenue Northeast, reported Thursday the theft of two televisions and a PlayStation 3.

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• Tim and Sue Dorough, 600 block Smithwick Bridge Road, Coolidge, reported Thursday a break-in at their residence.

Tim Dorough told police that when he arrived home he found a front door open. While was inside checking the residence and looking for their dog a witness saw a male run from inside and into a wooded area.

The witness described the suspect at a tall, slender black male wearing gray fleece clothing.

Officers searched the area but did not find the suspect.


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• Hardy Ray Ponder, 74, 325 West Road, Cairo, was charged Thursday with driving under the influence and open container violation.

• Katherine Denise Ziegler, 30, 306 Ninth St. S.W., was charged Thursday with no driver’s license and seat belt violation.

• Breanna Louise Weathers, 19, 6290 Tallokas Road, was charged Thursday with theft by shoplifting.

• Angel Jesus Mendez-Ortiz, 28, 4548 Old Adel Road, was charged Thursday with driving without license and driving without headlights when required.


• Melissa Tucker, Moultrie, reported Thursday that a male companion hit her in the face with the back of his hand and pushed her against a wall during an incident on Monday.

Tucker had a bruise on her back, sheriff’s reports said.

Probation violation

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• Angel Gonzalez, 21, 3312 Old Adel Road Lot 2.

• Tamara Lynn Walker, 43, 418 E. Waring St., Waycross.

Property damage

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• Officers investigating a burglar alarm at 2:46 a.m. at Lazarus Department Store found a brick inside that had been thrown through a window.

Police searched the area but did not find a suspect.

Other investigations

Moultrie Police

• Thomas Phagans, 41, Norman Park, reported that someone wrote a bad check on a banking account he had closed.

Phagans told police that the check was written to an employee who had been jailed on a separate issue and he suspects that he wrote the check.

• Perfect Smile, 305 Fifth St. S.E., reported Thursday that a former employee had used a computer to forge information.


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