The following accounts were taken from reports from The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office. Additional reports are available at www.columbiacountyso.org:
Man arrested for stealing nail gun
An Augusta man was arrested Monday after he was seen stealing a nail gun in Martinez and caught dumping it near an Augusta check-cashing business.
William Eric Horne, 41, of Oleander Drive, was charged with theft by taking. He was being held in the Columbia County Detention Center on Thursday on an $1,100 bond, according to jailers.
A self-employed construction worker said he was working at a barber shop at 3917 Washington Road in Martinez about 10 a.m. when he left to get materials for the job. He set down his nail gun just outside the door while his assistant continued working. When he returned, the nail gun was gone.
When he reviewed the surveillance video from the Gold Shop next door, it showed Horne exit the store, go the barber shop, grab the nail gun and run to his truck.
Horne was with a friend, who received a check for selling some items to the jewelry store. An employee got a call from Check Exchange on Wrightsboro Road in Augusta asking if the check was valid. The employee explained the situation and deputies went to the Augusta business. Police saw Horne walking away from a dumpster in the parking lot. They found the nail gun in the dumpster.
Woman charged with battery
Police arrested a Martinez woman Tuesday evening after her boyfriend claims she attacked him and his roommate in a drunken rampage.
Christina Dominique Crawford, 23, of Thomas Drive, was charged with battery/family violence.
Crawford’s boyfriend said Tuesday evening she asked him to take her to an Evans restaurant for drinks because she had a gift certificate. He went believing that she’d pay for the beer because he had no money. After a few drinks, he said Crawford became belligerent, claimed she had no money and refused to pay the bill.
Another restaurant guest paid the bill and they went to the parking lot, where she gave him the gift certificate. Crawford’s boyfriend said he went back inside to repay the person who paid their bill.
The boyfriend told police Crawford was extremely intoxicated when the couple got home, and she bit his forearm as he put her into bed. He said he locked the door when she started yelling and throwing things around the room. He then woke up his roommate and asked for help in calming her down. t
The pair broke down the bedroom door when she refused to unlock it, and the boyfriend said Crawford attacked her again. The men pushed the 4-foot-11, 95-pound woman away every time she charged, and eventually held her down.
Police said Crawford registered a .20 blood alcohol level, was extremely impaired and couldn’t give a statement. Her boyfriend had bite marks on his chest and arm and scratches on his face. The bedroom door was damaged and there were holes in the bedroom walls. The master bedroom, master bathroom and main hallway were damaged.
Crawford was released from the Columbia County Detention Center Wednesday afternoon after posting a $2,600 bond.
Police nearly catch burglars
Police nearly caught two men they believe tried to break into a Martinez pawn shop early Monday.
About 2:30 a.m., police responded to an activated alarm at Pawn King, 3739 Washington Road. They found a front glass window broken out by a piece of cement. Police also saw two men on the railroad tracks about 200 yards from the store. Sheriff’s office tracking dogs were not able to locate the suspects.