The following accounts were taken from Columbia County Sheriff’s Office incident reports:
Plane ticket bought card
A Martinez woman recently called authorities after discovering someone used her credit card to buy a plane ticket to Peru. The 49-year-old woman said she got a call on Dec. 18 from the American Express Fraud Department about suspicious charges on her credit card. The company representative said her card was used in the Atlanta airport the purchase a one-way Delta Airlines ticket to Lima, Peru, for $1,900.
The card also was used to make a $1 purchase from American Airlines and $96 was spent through an online pharmacy out of Australia.
Appliances stolen home
A local home builder recently told deputies that he found someone selling appliances stolen from one of the homes online.
The 56-year-old man said he works for a bank, but occasionally builds spec homes for clients. He’s building one on Watervale Drive in Martinez. An appliance package the man said he ordered from H.H. Gregg was delivered to the home. The man said on Dec. 17 he went to the house and discovered the Frigidaire Gallery microwave and dishwasher, worth about $850, were missing.
The man said his son suggested he look on www.craigslist.com. About 10 p.m. on Dec. 17, the man said he found a local man selling the exact items he was missing. The seller didn’t include his name in the ad, but described the items as “new and still in the box.”
The seller listed a phone number in the ad. The man said he exchanged text messages with the seller and was invited to come and view the items.
A woman told deputies last week that someone used her lost debit card. The 53-year-old woman said she lost her wallet about 11:45 a.m. Dec. 6 at Panera Bread in Mullins Crossing in Evans. Less than an hour later, someone spent $558.09 with the woman’s debit card at Target in the same shopping center. The woman said someone tried to use another debit card, but it was declined. Someone then tried to use the first card again at Target about 5 p.m., but that transaction didn’t go through.