The following accounts were taken from reports from The Columbia County Sheriff's Office. Additional reports are available at www.columbiacountyso.org:
Arsonist burns fence
A duct tape "bomb" started a fire behind an Evans home early Sunday.
A 41-year-old woman called police at about 1 a.m. She said she was awakened by a loud explosion at the back of her Bellingham Court property. She saw flames behind her privacy fence and called 911.
Firefighters extinguished the blaze, which damaged a piece of the fence. The fire started from balled-up duct-tape with gasoline or another substance inside.
No one was injured.
Thief was after air conditioner
A man called police early Friday after being assaulted by someone trying to steal his air-conditioning unit.
The 26-year-old said he was in bed about 1:30 a.m. when he heard noise outside his Hereford Farm Road home. When he walked outside, he saw a man attempting to move his air conditioning unit.
The would-be thief hit the man in the stomach with something and ran toward Blanchard Road and Long Lane.
The man described his assailant as 6 feet tall wearing dark clothing and a camouflage jacket.
The unit wasn't damaged and the man was not seriously injured.
Several cars broken into at Evans gym
Several cars parked in the lot of an Evans gymnastics studio were broken into Thursday.
Four people told police that someone broke out windows of their vehicles between 5:30 and 6 p.m. while they were parked on the side lot at Hayden's Gymnastics on Evans-to-Locks Road.
Items stolen from the vehicles include a purse and book bag lying on the back seat of one vehicle, a purse and Nintendo game system from the front floor board of another, and two purses, an iPod and a $300 flat-screen television from two others.
Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue report for Oct. 2-8:
Medical calls, 18; activated fire alarms, 14; controlled/unauthorized burns, six; investigations, five; structure fires, five; wood/brush/grass fires, five; vehicle wrecks, four; assist citizens, four; ruptured gas line, two; mutual aid/public safety assistance, one; electrical incidents, one; CPR in progress, one; and other fires, one.