The following accounts were taken from reports from the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office. Additional reports are available at www.columbiacountyso.org.
Man robs dollar store at gunpoint
Employees of a Martinez Dollar General store told authorities Saturday night that a man robbed the store at gunpoint.
An employee of the store at 5380 Columbia Road said that at about 8:45 p.m. he was walking toward the store when a man dressed in black and wearing a ski mask approached and forced him into the store at gunpoint. The robber pushed the employee to the cash register and yelled, “This is a robbery!”
The robber gave him a plastic store bag and told him to put the money in it. The employee and a co-worker put money from the cash register and the store safe into the bag and handed it to the robber, who then ran out of the store headed west.
Burglar steals 15 cigarette cartons
A man who broke into a Grovetown convenience store early Friday stole nothing except cigarettes.
Just after 2 a.m., a man called authorities and said he saw a man hit the front door of the Fuel Express on Jimmie Dyess Parkway across from the Waffle House near Interstate 20. He then saw the man run around the back side of the store.
The store owner responded and unlocked the front door, which was broken. Deputies found several cigarette cartons on the floor behind the counter.
The owner said 15 cartons of Newport cigarettes were missing. Nothing else appeared to be damaged or missing.
A sheriff’s office investigator reviewed the store’s video surveillance footage, which showed a man walk up to the counter and fill a trash can full of cigarette cartons before leaving.
The burglar was described as a man wearing a light blue ski mask, blue sweatshirt and long black shorts.
Deputy arrests man at Kmart
Deputies arrested an Augusta man for public drunkenness early Sunday.
Robert Wendell Jones Jr., 34, of Amanda Circle, was charged with public drunkenness and was being held in the Columbia County Detention Center on a $500 bond, according to jail records.
A deputy patrolling the Kmart parking lot on Washington Road in Martinez said he saw Jones stumble in front of the store at about 1 a.m. Jones walked past the deputy, ignoring commands to stop.
When Jones finally walked toward the deputy, the deputy said Jones smelled of alcohol. Jones claimed he had nothing to drink and was walking from the Richmond County jail on Walton Way to Thomson.
Jones was not able to stand without leaning on the patrol car, had extremely slurred speech and attempted to walk away several times. He voluntarily submitted to a field alcohol test and registered a .174 blood alcohol level.
Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue report for Jan. 22-28:
Medical calls, 24; activated fire alarms, eight; vehicle wrecks, eight; CPR in progress, four; investigations, three; structure fires, three; assist citizens, two; vehicle fires, two; mutual aid/public safety assistance, one; activated carbon monoxide detector, one; electrical incident, one; ruptured gas line, one; and controlled/unauthorized burn, one.