Woman Arrested for Making Dozens of False 911 Calls

Jheri Polite was taken into custody Thursday by Columbia Police and Lexington Deputies.

Columbia, SC (WLTX) - The woman accused of making dozens of false 911 calls in the Midlands has been arrested.

Columbia Police and Lexington Deputies announced Thursday that Jheri L. Polite had been taken into custody.

Between the two agencies, Polite faces 31 counts of unlawful use of 911. 

Officers found her in custody at her home on Bentley Drive, the same place where they say her calls originated. Lexington County deputies say they also tracked 14 fake 9-1-1 calls to a St. Andrews business where she was employed. 

“We’re glad an arrest has been made in this case,” Lexington County Sheriff Koon says. “More than 70 calls for service had been made to Lexington County’s communications center since March 25. We’re fortunate they all turned out to be false alarms, but we still tied up resources responding to the calls.

Investigators say she admitted to making the calls during various times during the day, some early in the morning, others during late in the day or night. 

Each time, officers and deputies responded to investigate the calls for service ranging from home burglaries, threats of suicide, a bomb threat, shootings and homicides.  

Officers say she made the calls using a Blackberry uninitiated phone, which means it doesn't have a service provider. 


During the on-going investigation, it has been determined that Polite was arrested in Dekalb County, Georgia for similar crimes dating back to 2004.

 

 

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