Repeat offender arrested for false calls to 911

Craig Allen Elias, 40 (Source: Hartsville Police Department)
Craig Allen Elias, 40 (Source: Hartsville Police Department)

HARTSVILLE, SC (WMBF) Police in Hartsville have arrested a man Monday they say is a repeat offender falsely dialing 911.

Arrest reports show that 40-year-old Craig Allen Elias was arrested early Monday morning and charged with Unlawful Use of 911, but this is not the first time he's alerted authorities without just cause.

On Monday, Elias called 911 and reported that his ex-wife was in his home "starting trouble." Responding officers did not find his ex-wife, and when they spoke to her, discovered she had not had contact with Elias for some time.

In an earlier incident in January, Elias called 911 breathing heavily on the phone. When officers arrived, Elias reported that he had been robbed though there was no evidence that a robbery had occurred.

Elias also called 911 earlier in January to report that someone had kicked down his door. Officers discovered a footprint on his door that matched the shoe he was wearing. Elias was warned that night that another false call to 911 would result in an arrest. Elias continued to insist a burglary had occurred at his residence, though officers say there was no proof.

The police report obtained by WMBF News states that Elias calls 911 so frequently in Hartsville, dispatchers knew it was him when he called Sunday night. Elias is in custody at the Darlington County Detention Center, held on a $2,000 bond.

Officials say there is no evidence Elias was under the influence of drugs or alcohol when he made any of those calls to 911.

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