The following accounts were taken from reports from The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office. Additional reports are available at www.columbiacountyso.org:
An employee of a Martinez personal care home said a man flashed her Monday morning.
The 52-year-old employee said that at about 7 a.m. she was sitting on the front porch of the home on Colonial Road when a man in a light-colored sedan stopped in front of the home.
She said the man stepped out of the car and exposed himself to her. The woman said she yelled, “Get the hell out of there,” and ran inside. When she looked back, the car was driving away toward South Belair Road.
The employee, who had worked at the home for less than a week, said she didn’t recognize the man. She described the flasher as a white man, about 30, 6 feet tall, 225 pounds, wearing a dark, long-sleeved shirt and light colored pants.
Witness sees burglar fleeing
A man told police Wednesday he saw someone running away from Harry’s Saw Shop with lawn equipment.
The man said he was outside the Golden Corral restaurant at about 7:45 p.m. when he heard the alarm sound nearby at the shop at 237 Bobby Jones Expressway. He saw a man carrying a backpack lawn blower jump over an interior fence behind the business. He saw the burglar run to an outer fence, drop the blower in the back of the lot and slide under a nearby unattached box trailer.
Deputies were not able to locate the burglar.
A Harry’s employee reviewed video surveillance footage and told authorities that the burglar had two blowers when he jumped over the interior fence. One worth $300 was found on the property. A $600 blower was not found.
Caller harasses martial arts studio
The owner of an Evans martial arts studio told deputies Wednesday that a caller cursed and made odd statements.
The owner of ATA Martial Arts at 4490 Washington Road said that about 2:30 p.m. a man had called and used profane language with him and an employee.
The owner said the caller said he wanted their knowledge and that he was the creator of a style of martial arts called “rubber lightning.”
Vandal overflows tub and sink
A Martinez woman called authorities Wednesday after discovering someone flooded her bathroom.
The 23-year-old returned to her Gray Drive home at about 5 p.m. and found that someone turned on the faucets in her bathroom sink and tub. The water overflowed and flooded the bathroom.
Nothing was stolen from the home. The woman said her boyfriend left the back door unlocked when he left for work that morning.
Woman reports con artist
A Grovetown woman told deputies Wednesday afternoon that someone claiming she’d won millions of dollars tried to set up a meeting.
The 67-year-old said she received a call about 5:10 p.m. from man with a foreign accent who claimed he was with Publisher’s Clearinghouse. He said she’d won $5.5 million, and should bring a $199 check to the Grovetown Walmart to receive her winnings.
The woman said the man called back just before 6 p.m. to confirm their scheduled meeting, but she made several excuses as to why she couldn’t make it.
She told the caller she’d call him back and let him know.