The following accounts were taken from reports from The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office. Additional reports are available at www.
Circle K robbed at gunpoint
The clerk of a Martinez Circle K store called police early Sunday to report that two people had robbed the store at gunpoint.
The clerk of the store on Old Evans Road said she was counting money from a cash register at about 6 a.m. when a couple came in. The woman, wearing a gray mask, pointed a shotgun at her and she laid all the money from the register on the counter.
The gun-wielding robber demanded she open the safe, but the clerk told her it was on a time delay. While she tried to open it, the man, who didn’t brandish a weapon, stuffed the cash from the counter into his pants.
The armed woman demanded the clerk open the safe, but her partner wanted to go. The robbers left the store on foot and headed west.
Another woman inside the store said she was standing next to the clerk when the robbers ran up to the door. She ran to the restroom, locked herself inside and called police.
The armed robber was a black woman about 5-foot-4 to 5-foot-6, 140-160 pounds, wearing black pants, a gray hooded sweatshirt, black shoes with white trim, a black skull cap, gray mask and gray gloves. The clerk described the male as 6-foot to 6-foot-3, 160-200 pounds, wearing black sweat pants, a black sweat shirt, gray mask and white shoes.
Anyone with information about the identity or whereabouts of the robbers should call the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office at (706) 541-2800.
Man robbed by pick-pocket
A man called police to the Evans Walmart parking lot late Friday after he said a pick-pocket stole his wallet.
The 73-year-old said he was walking to his car outside the store on Washington Road in Evans at about 11 p.m. when a woman approached him and asked for money. The man said he had some loose change in his pocket and reached for it.
When he bent over to see if he had any more money inside the car cupholder, he said the woman pulled his wallet out of his pocket. He didn’t feel the woman take the wallet and didn’t realize she had it until he saw her with the wallet.
The pick-pocket ran across the parking lot and left in a white four-door car.
Neighbor sees television theft
A Martinez man called police late Sunday when he saw a man stealing his neighbor’s television.
The homeowner said someone broke into her Palmetto Drive home through a back window at about 11 p.m. Her neighbor told her about the burglary.
The neighbor told police he was outside and saw a man dressed in dark clothing come out of the home carrying a large television. As he went inside to call police, he said the burglar dropped the television and ran away.
Harlem students caught with pills
Two students at Harlem High School brought drugs to school on Thursday.
A 16-year-old student from Appling was caught with a pill bottle containing 24 prescription Naproxen pills, considered by police a dangerous drug, and two empty pill bottles. A 14-year-old student from Grovetown had six Naproxen pills.
Both were arrested and released to their parents.
Thief steals tools from Lowe’s
An employee of Lowe’s told police Friday that he saw a man steal more than $2,300 worth of tools from the Martinez store.
The employee said he watched video surveillance footage from Thursday. At about 9:30 p.m. he saw a man select six DeWalt power tools and put them in a shopping cart. The man pushed the cart to the garden center, where he passed the tools through a hole in the fence to a second man.
Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue report for
Activated fire alarms, 16; medical calls, 16; investigations, 10; vehicle wrecks, nine; controlled/unauthorized burns, seven; structure fires, three; CPR in progress, two; assisted citizens, two; vehicle fires, two; wood/brush/grass fires, two; activated carbon monoxide detector, one; dumpster fires, one; electrical incidents, one; and ruptured gas line, one.