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Police Blotter, July 20, 2014

The following accounts were taken from Columbia County Sheriff's Office incident reports:

Posted: July 19, 2014 - 11:12pm  |  Updated: July 22, 2014 - 11:09pm

The following accounts were taken from Columbia County Sheriff’s Office incident reports:

Home invasion victims refuse to help police

An investigation into an Appling home invasion was terminated Thursday after the victim refused to cooperate with authorities.

A married couple told deputies they were robbed by two men who held them at gunpoint in their home early Tuesday.

The couple, both 27, said they were sleeping at about 3 a.m. when two men forced open the front door of their White Oak Campground Road home. The men brandished handguns. Both were wearing gloves and one man wore a mask.

The couple said the men ordered them out of bed at gunpoint and onto the floor, where they used duct tape to tie the couple’s feet together and their hands behind their backs. The intruders asked where items of value were and stole $30,000 in cash, a Ruger .380 pistol and some marijuana.

The intruders asked where the couple kept the DVR to their home security surveillance system and stole that too. They tried to break into the man’s gun safe, but were unable to.

They asked the couple to count to 30 as they left in the man’s 2005 Nissan Altima headed south toward White Oak Road.

Deputies found the car abandoned on Greenbrier Drive off White Oak Road.

Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris said Thursday that the investigation was closed because the victim refused to cooperate.

House robbed while owner out of town

A Martinez man told deputies Tuesday that his home was burglarized and ransacked while he was out of town.

The 29-year-old man said he left town on July 10 and returned Tuesday to find his front door cracked. The man was sure he locked the door before leaving. The home was ransacked.

Deputies found damage to the door frame, which was split, and marks showed that a blunt object was used to separate the door and the frame. Each room of the home appeared to have been systematically rummaged through. Some electronics were left untouched.

The man said he had posted on Facebook that he’d be out of town for a week. His mother came by the house on July 11 and said all was fine then. Man says hefty phone bill is not
his responsibility

An Evans man called authorities July 16 after discovering a nearly $5,000 bill was mailed to his sister-in-law’s home.

The 54-year-old man said his sister-in-law received a bill at her Suwannee, Ga., home for a fraudulent Verizon Wireless account in
his name. The bill showed the man owed $4,876.43 for a Hephzibah service address.

The man said he’s never lived in Hephzibah and has never had a Verizon account.

Truck damaged at boat ramp

A man said someone damaged his truck and boat trailer while it was parked at an Appling boat ramp Tuesday.

The 70-year-old man said he launched his boat into the lake from Ridge
Road Boat Ramp at 5886 Ridge Road at about noon.

When he returned to the boat landing at about 7 p.m.,he found his truck tires slashed, and his boat trailer had been taken rolled into the lake.

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