Two Norman Park teenagers have been arrested in connection with a rash of vandalism incidents in that city, including damage to a place of worship.
In an unrelated incident, Moultrie police also are investigating the reported vandalism of a Southeast Moultrie church building.
The Norman Park Police Department on Wednesday arrested Jameson Bryce Lusk, 18, 4114 U.S. Hwy. 319 N., and a 14-year-old boy. They were each charged with false statements and writings, obstructing law enforcement officers and burglary, along with two counts each of vandalism to a place of worship and four counts each of criminal trespass.
Police reports said that at about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday an officer spoke with the teens when he found them sitting in a 2014 Kia Sorento. The officer told Lusk he was in violation of the city’s curfew and followed him to his residence.
At about 3:26 a.m., police responded to a report of two people trying to enter the Baptist Conference Center dining hall. A witness told police two young men pulled down the attic access at a cottage on the center grounds.
Witness descriptions matched that of the two teenagers the officer had encountered earlier in the evening, police said.
At about 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, Lusk and the 14-year-old were brought to the police station for questioning. Both signed written statements admitting taking part in the incident at the conference center as well as spray painting the side of the dining hall at the center, as well as cutting the tires of two cars over the past several weeks.
The younger boy was turned over to the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice.
In the other case of church vandalism, Greater Harvest Full Gospel Pentecostal Church, 1025 Sixth St. S.E., reported the spray painting of the south side of the building, Moultrie Police Department reports said.
It consisted of “VS*3” in black paint on the side of the building. The letters were large, covering the entire side of the building, police said.
The cost of removing the paint was estimated at $200.
• Samuel Matthew Howard, 20, 387 Roberson St., Doerun, was charged Monday with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.
• Robert Murel Rice III, 23, 410 E. Central Ave., was charged Wednesday with theft by receiving stolen property.
He was arrested after Jessica Howell, 27, Moultrie, reported that she saw Rice on her son’s bicycle that was stolen earlier in the week. When detained by police, Rice told officers that a “home boy” whose name he doesn’t know let him ride the bicycle.
A neighbor of Howell’s told police that he helped Rice fix a flat tire on the bicycle, and at the time he thought it looked like Howell’s.
• Robert Earl Moore, 29, 1818 Overlook Drive, was charged Thursday with no driver’s license.
• Earnest Lee Daniels Jr., 51, 607 First St. S.W., was charged Wednesday with probation violation.
• Roberto Simon-Carrillo, 26, 25 Regency Village Drive, was charged Thursday with windshield specifications violation, removing or affixing tag with intent, no driver’s license, expired tag and no insurance.
• Renata Savannah Redden, 27, and Adriana Waldon, 22, both of 710 W. Sixth St. Adel, were each charged Thursday with theft by shoplifting.
The two women are accused of concealing $70 worth of merchandise and walking out of Wal-Mart, 641 Veterans Parkway.
• Oscar Orlando Heredia, 19, 135 Bert Horne Ave., was charged Monday with reckless conduct.
Danayh Martinez, of the same address, reported that Heredia, her husband, put a knife to her throat and hit her in the face with his head during a dispute.
Martinez had scratches to her throat at the location where she said Heredia pressed a 12-inch cooking knife and swelling to the right eyebrow.
• Ronald Butts, 42, Camilla, reported Thursday that a 2001 Ford DRW Super Duty truck valued at $4,875 was stolen from the 700 block of First Avenue Northwest.
• Laviski Simpson, 500 block Second Street Northwest, reported Thursday the theft of jewelry valued at $180 and damage to a 2005 Cadillac Deville.
• Shirley Alford, 48, Moultrie, reported Thursday the theft of a wallet from the console of a 2003 Pontiac Bonneville. The wallet and contents were valued at $50.
• Express Pay, 1612 First Ave. S.E., reported Wednesday a theft by deception incident totaling $6087 involving a 1994 Acura Integra.
• Jessica Howell, 400 block East Central Avenue, reported Wednesday the theft of a Chaos FS20 bicycle. The value of the bicycle was not known.
• Sharon Buchte, 2800 block Fifth Street Southeast, reported Wednesday fraudulent activity on a cell telephone account totaling $856.
• Suzie Q’s, 135 U.S. Hwy. 319 S., reported Wednesday that a woman tried to pass a phony $10 at the store.
An employee turned the suspected counterfeit currency to police.
• Lashawna Fisher, 1100 block First Avenue Southeast, reported Friday that a 2011 Nissan Altima was struck by another vehicle.
• Arthur Maddox, 200 block Oak Lane, reported Thursday that when he went out to his back yard at 9:15 p.m. he saw a male looking into the window of the room where his daughter was taking a shower.
Maddox told police that when he asked the man what he was doing he ran.
A deputy searched the area but did not find anyone matching the description given.