The following accounts were taken from Columbia County Sheriff’s Office incident reports.
Man wanted in Goodwill scam
The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a man suspected of scamming Goodwill Industries’ thrift store on Washington Road.
The man attempted to pay for a pair of jeans costing $4.32 with a $100 bill on Friday shortly after 7 p.m. The suspect handed the cashier the bill plus 32 cents but took back the bill without the employee noticing.
The employee gave the customer $96 as change.
Police probing vandalism in Watervale area
Police received reports of damaged mailboxes and other vandalism in and around the Watervale neighborhood early Monday. Residents on Parliament Road and Watervale Road reported their mailboxes were removed from posts and tossed on the ground in the middle of the night.
A deputy investigating the area found several street signs had been pulled out of the ground or otherwise tampered with. A newspaper carrier told police that she had seen a group of four teenage boys entering a nearby Circle K on Furys Ferry Road about 3:30 a.m. She said the boys looked dirty, but didn’t know if they were involved in the incidents.
Daughter-in-law charged in theft
A Martinez woman told deputies that her daughter-in-law took a GPS unit from her home and pawned it. The woman reported that she noticed the Garmin GPS was missing from her Shawnee Drive residence after her daughter-in-law, Rebecca Albea, 32, of Gibson, Ga., visited on July 25. The next day, Albea called to tell her she had the GPS, but needed a few days to return it.
She later admitted taking it to a pawn shop in Thomson, but offered to give her another GPS to replace it.
A deputy spoke to Albea over the phone and she admitted taking the device. The GPS was recovered from Classic Pawn & Jewelry in Thomson and a warrant was issued for Albea’s arrest.
Couple reports misuse of card
A Martinez couple reported that someone had used their debit card to make more than $400 in purchases without their consent. The woman told deputies that between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. July 26, three purchases were made – two at a Stone Mountain, Ga., Walmart. The woman said her husband maintained possession of the card, but had allowed their daughter to make some purchases earlier in the day. The couple found out the card was overdrawn when they attempted to use it and it was declined.
Cashier charged with $100 theft
A Walmart manager reported to police on Tuesday that one of the store’s cashiers had stolen $100 from a customer earlier in the month. The loss prevention manager at the Grovetown Walmart told deputies that on July 4 a customer accidentally gave the cashier, Michelle Moment, 28, of Augusta, an extra $100 bill while paying for a purchase. The customer later came back and complained about the missing money and was reimbursed. The deputy saw video of the transaction and saw Moment hiding the extra bill under
the receipt printer. Moment was charged
with theft by taking.
Inmate found with heroin
A Columbia County Detention Center inmate was found in possession of drugs while awaiting trial on other charges. Sadie Long, 17, who was charged with theft by shoplifting Wednesday, was discovered with .2 grams of heroin by jailers while she was being processed. She was charged with possession of a controlled substance within jail guard lines.