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Police blotter for Jan. 4, 2015

Men threatened at hunting club

Posted: January 4, 2015 - 12:08am

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

Men threatened at hunting club

A man said Monday that he and a friend were threatened for being at an Appling hunting club.

The 22-year-old man said his friend invited him to club property on Gross Place Road in Appling at about 7 p.m. His friend is a member of the hunting club, which is secured by locked gates.

The men drove about 150 yards down a dirt road on the property to a small field, where they sighted a rifle. Once they left the property, the man said he noticed his rear tires were low on air pressure, so he drove to the Circle K in Appling to refill them.

As he put air in the tires, the man said two strangers in a white SUV pulled in front of his truck. A man in a gray hoodie approached and asked if having flat tires was a pain. He then told the man he’d punctured the tires while they were sighting their guns. The stranger warned if they returned to the property that he “had something” for them.

The man explained that he and his friend had the right to be on the property, but the stranger threatened that he’d be waiting at the entrance if they returned. The stranger said he’d beat and hurt the man and that he wouldn’t involve law enforcement because of the severity of his actions.

The man drove to his father’s home nearby and called authorities. A deputy confirmed his friend had been a member of the hunt club for 10 years. The tires of his truck went flat again at his father’s house and appeared to be punctured.

Caregiver is theft suspect

A woman told deputies Monday that she believes her father’s caregiver stole her late mother’s engagement ring.

The 61-year-old woman said her mother died in February and all her jewelry was put in an envelope at her father’s Evans home. Shortly after her mother died, the woman said her 83-year-old father fell and fractured his hip.

His injury required long- term home health care, so the family hired a caregiver to care for her father during the day.

The woman said her father hasn’t been mentally or physically normal since his wife’s death. She saw that the caregiver was trying to engage her father in an “adult relationship” so the family fired her.

As the woman was recently packing furniture and household items at her father’s home, she found a letter her mother wrote to her. The letter states her mother wanted to pass her engagement ring to the woman. So she went to the drawer where the jewelry was kept and discovered the $1,500 ring missing.

Car parts stolen from vehicle

A woman said Monday that someone she loaned her car to stole parts and left it in a parking lot.

The 31-year-old woman said she loaned her car to a high school friend a couple of weeks ago to move his belongings. When her friend was arrested, his brother drove the car.

At about 7 a.m., the woman told her friend’s brother to return the car. When he didn’t, the woman sent a text message to his girlfriend because he has no phone. She replied that she didn’t know where he was, but that when she last spoke to him the car had run out of gas. He told his girlfriend the car was parked on the side of an auto parts store in Martinez.

The woman arrived and discovered the car’s radiator, gas cap and window switch were missing. She said a jack and tool bag were missing from the trunk. She said all the missing items were there on Dec. 26 when she spoke to him. She said he moves around a lot and she doesn’t know where he is living.

Woman startled by an intruder

A Martinez woman called authorities Tuesday night and said a man tried to break into her home.

The woman said she walked into her living room at about 8:30 p.m. and saw a man standing in the doorway of her open front door. She screamed and the stranger ran away.

The woman said she keeps both locks on the front door locked, but deputies found no evidence of forced entry.

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