A 42-year-old white female told Commerce police she’d left her cell phone on the counter at the Commerce Post Office on Little Street, and when she returned, it was gone.
The post office manager reviewed the security video, which showed a white female taking the phone. She give the name of the suspect to the victim, who told police that if she could get the phone back she would not press charges.
The officer called the woman at home, but when he identified himself, the person answering the phone said she was not the suspect and did not know the suspect. But a half hour later, the woman called back to say she’d “picked up” the phone at the post office. She told police that she’d called Verizon and was instructed to take the phone to a Verizon store in Athens.
The officer noted that the woman could not provide a good answer when he asked her why she did not turn the phone over to the postal clerks. He told her to bring the phone back to the police station or face charges.
Somewhere in the conversation, the victim learned that the phone had been damaged. The officer told her she could pursue that issue through the Magistrates Court.
For all of the incidents reported to the Commerce Police Department over the past week, see the Dec. 24 issue of The Commerce News.