The following accounts were taken from Columbia County Sheriff’s Office incident reports:
Shoplifters caught after one injured
Two people were caught shoplifting from a Martinez store Friday after one of them cut himself cutting open a package.
The manager of Dollar General on Baston Road called authorities at about 11:30 a.m. after he stopped two people he said were leaving the store with stolen merchandise. The manager said two people, later identified as Anggie Ward Will-iams, 36, and Erik Logan Thorson – came into the store just after 11 a.m. and separated. Williams, of Yates Drive in Augusta, was carrying a flat handbag, which was stuffed full about 10 minutes later, when the manager lost sight of her and went to find Thorson.
The manager found Thorson, 30, of Cannock Street in Grovetown, standing in an aisle bleeding with a knife in his pocket. When asked by the manager if he needed a bandage, he said yes. The manager followed Thorson and as he turned to get a bandage, he said Thorson walked quickly toward the door with a cell phone charger hanging out of his pocket.
Store employees stopped the pair at their car, while the manager reviewed security video. The manager said the video showed the pair concealing merchandise and Thorson opening a knife, which he used to open other merchandise.
Torson cut himself in the process.
Williams and Thorson were arrested. Deputies found light and dark blue pills in Williams’ front pocket.
Both were charged with shoplifting. Williams also was charged with possession of a Schedule IV drug.
They were being held in the Columbia County Detention Center on Monday – Williams on a $6,200 bond and Thorson on a $1,600 bond, according to jail records.
Wife damages car
An Evans man called authorities Friday after discovering that his estranged wife damaged his vehicle.
The 36-year-old man said he is currently divorcing his wife, who showed up at his home at about 2 a.m. to talk about their relationship. The man refused to go outside and speak to her.
Because he wouldn’t talk to her, the man said his wife cut all four tires on his vehicle and cut “I gave my wife herpes,” into the paint on the hood.
Clerk fooled by fake call
A Food Lion customer service clerk said she got fooled by a fake Western Union call on Sunday.
The clerk at the store on Columbia Road, said she got a call at about 6 p.m. from a man who identified himself as a technical support agent for Western Union.
He said he needed to update the software on the store’s Western Union computer.
The caller then directed the clerk through a series of functions on the computer which resulted in $921.43 being loaded on to a Net Spend debit card under the name Mathew Kahane.
After the call, the clerk realized the transaction was a fraud. She called Western Union to have the transaction reversed. A company representative told her to report the incident to authorities.
Former shop employee sells stolen tires
A former employee of an Evans tire service shop recently admitted selling tires he stole from the business.
A loss prevention employee of Tire Kingdom on Washington Road, said he questioned some tires a former employee was selling on www.CraigsList.com.
The former employee admitted taking about 20 tires from the store and selling them online and to neighbors.
The loss prevention employee said he conducted a manual inventory of the store and discovered 77 tires missing.
He wants to prosecute when authorities locate the former employee.
Thief breaks into cars on lot
Authorities chased a man they say was breaking into cars on a Martinez car leadership lot early Friday
Deputies responded to Milton Ruben Chevrolet at about 1:45 a.m., after a call from the business’ security company. Security personnel were watching on video surveillance as a man was breaking into vehicles in the service area behind the lot on Washington Road.
Deputies found the man, who ran when he saw authorities. The man ran into a wooded area, where deputies lost him. A sheriff’s office tracking dog was not able to find the thief.