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TWO MEN who stole a car on Sept. 1 caused two accidents before crashing into the side of a house at Ohio and East 36th streets. Tamaron Varner, 17, and Shevon Crawford, 20, were charged with several traffic violations and possession of stolen property. Crawford also was charged with drug possession.

Police said the two stole a Chevy Tahoe and were traveling west on Ohio Street when they hit the first car. The SUV continued through the stop sign at East 36th Street and hit a pickup truck, injuring the driver, before hitting the corner of a house.

The driver of the pickup truck was taken to Memorial Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. The occupants of the house weren’t injured.

After hitting the house, the suspects jumped out of the Tahoe and ran to a nearby Kroger store. A K-9 unit was called to the scene to track them, and shortly after, a local resident called 9-1-1 to report that he had followed the suspects to the store.

Police arrived and arrested Varner and Crawford. They were taken to the Chatham County Detention Center.

• A White Bluff Road resident called police after she discovered her husband taking their children out of the house and into their car. She said she got into an argument with her husband after he came home from work. She said she wanted him to help out more around the house and with the children.

The woman went into the bedroom to take a nap. At some point, her husband came into the bedroom and hit her in the head. The couple began arguing again and she locked him out of the bedroom. She told police she had second thoughts about leaving him outside the bedroom with the children, so she went to check.

She saw that her husband had taken their 6-month-old son and placed him in the car. When the man returned to take the daughter, the woman called police.

• As employees of a Waters Avenue business were cleaning the kitchen, they realized the pressure washer was missing.

When police arrived, they learned that the washer was usually kept on an outside deck and had remained on the deck for about 11 months without being removed or disturbed until the theft.

The manager spoke with employees in an attempt to locate the washer, but didn’t learn anything.

However, he said he learned that a few days earlier, some men came by and asked about removing junk scrap metal and were allowed to remove inoperable air-conditioning parts. The missing pressure washer was kept in the same area.

• A man arrived home from work to find that his house on Salcedo Avenue had been broken into and burglarized. He told police he knew something was wrong because one of his dogs came to greet him at the front of the house. When he left, both dogs were locked inside.

The side gate to the back yard had been opened and the flood lights had been unscrewed.

The back door to the laundry room was open and the frame to the door was on a patio chair in the back yard. The door wasn’t damaged, but the wood frame was split.

A 42-inch plasma television set, rifle and a 9mm gun were missing and a bedroom had been ransacked. A camcorder, digital camera, small bag of jewelry, several CDs and DVDs and an $800 watch were missing from the bedroom. Forensics was notified so the scene could be processed for evidence. cs

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