A Winder man locked himself in a maintenance storage room at the YMCA and called 911 after hearing what he thought was a threat.
When police arrived, they met with the man who said he heard a male and female walking through the building saying they “should just shoot him.”
Police searched the building and found no one else inside. Once the search was completed, the man who called police began to cry. He admitted using crack cocaine earlier in the evening and said he was probably just hearing things. The man denied having any crack cocaine on his person, but did give officers his crack pipe.
The man, formerly a cleaning services contractor for the YMCA, said he used keys obtained during his employment to enter the facility at approximately 1 a.m. on April 23. The man said he regularly sleeps in the parking lot and uses his keys to enter the YMCA to shower and wash his clothes.
The manager of the YMCA asked that police confiscate the keys and advise the man not to return to the facility.
No charges were filed.
Other recent incidents investigated by Winder Police include:
• criminal trespass on North Broad Street. A security camera was repositioned before an unknown suspect attempted to pry open the back door of a business. The door was heavily damaged, but the burglary attempt was unsuccessful.
• aggressive driving on Laura Street. A woman said she was almost run off the road by an enraged Hispanic woman driving a red Chevrolet Silverado. The woman followed the aggressive driver and witnessed the woman tailgating other vehicles. Barrow County Sheriff’s deputies were called once the vehicle entered their jurisdiction. The following day, the woman filed a stalking report when she witnessed the same woman driving by as she was leaving a parking lot.
• hit and run on West May Street. Three National Guardsmen witnessed a hit and run and followed the suspect vehicle long enough to obtain the tag number. The men said the vehicle was occupied by two Asian males. Police later located the car at a residence, but the occupants of the home denied knowing anything about the accident and blamed a relative. Police cited the one Asian male they found at the home with driving without a license, obstruction and hit and run. The officer advised the man that he would have to go to court to prove he was not the driver of the car.
• theft by taking on Regan Drive. A go-cart valued at $2,000 was reported missing. The go-cart was last seen in the owner’s driveway.
• complaint on Windsor Drive. A man contacted police after two of his neighbors informed him that they had seen another neighbor shoot some type of firearm at his dog. The witnesses could not specify whether the weapon was a handgun or bb gun. The complainant said he was concerned for the safety of his dog.
• damage to property on Second Street. Two men were “play fighting” when one of the men became angry and began throwing rocks at the other man’s vehicle. The victim said the other male struck his car several times with rocks causing dents.
• no insurance on East May Street. An officer towed a man’s vehicle after he discovered it was uninsured. The man was originally pulled over for a seatbelt violation.
• disorderly conduct on North Broad. A man was barred from Ingles “for life” after yelling at a store employee. The employee had written down the man’s tag number after noticing him driving off with an unsecured baby in the front seat of his vehicle.
• theft by taking on Williams Court. A woman said her daughter stole $100 from her purse.
• theft by taking at Winder Barrow High School. A student said someone removed her wallet from her purse during the school day. The student needed a police report in order to obtain a replacement driving permit.
• theft by taking on South Broad Street. A man said medications were stolen from his tent when he went to the Waffle House in the middle of the night. The man has reported similar incidents previously and said he had no way of securing his medications.
• hit and run on East Athens Street. A woman left her car parked for several hours on Athens Street near Broad Street. She later discovered the left front quarter panel of her vehicle had been struck.
• damage to property on Ryan Circle. A stone wall at the entrance to a subdivision was reported damaged and a spotlight was pulled up from the ground.
• entering auto on Wood Avenue. A temporary plexiglass window was broken out of a vehicle, but the owner could not determine if anything had been removed from the car.
• vandalism on Sims Road. The glass panel on a side door of a church was reported broken.
• no insurance on East May. An officer stopped the driver of a Ford Explorer after determining the vehicle was not insured. The driver was cited and the vehicle impounded.
• transaction card fraud on Glen Avenue. A woman’s bank card number was fraudulently used in two states while the card remained in her possession. The fraudulent charges totaled over $523.
• shoplifting on West Athens Street. Warrants were obtained for the arrest of a Winder woman who dropped her purse as she fled from a store when confronted about stealing several items. The woman’s driving license was in the purse and the store employee was able to positively identify her as the shoplifter.