The following accounts were taken from reports from The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office. Additional reports are available at www.columbiacountyso.org:
Man exposes himself to clerk
The clerk at a Martinez convenience store told sheriff’s deputies early Sunday that a customer exposed himself to her and asked her out.
The 23-year-old clerk at the Circle K on Fury’s Ferry Road told police that at about 12:30 a.m., a man came into the store, bought an item, then went to the restroom. He then returned to the counter to purchase another item while exposing himself. The customer left and got into a white passenger car.
About 10 minutes later, the clerk said the customer returned, still exposing himself, and asked her if she’d go on a date with him. The clerk said she declined and the customer left the store.
Deputies reviewing the store’s video surveillance footage could not make out the model of the car, but did see the incident between the customer and the clerk.
Motorist reports gunfire on road
A man called sheriff’s deputies late Friday to report someone shot at his car when he stopped for a red light.
The 56-year-old said that just before 11 p.m. he was stopped at a red light on Flowing Wells Road at Washington Road when someone shot at his car and shattered the windshield. He told deputies his throat was hurting and that he may have swallowed some glass.
Deputies searched the vehicle, which was hit twice, and found a small dent in the leather of the rear driver’s seat, but no projectile.
Deputies searched the area but didn’t find the shooter. Shots likely were fired from the railroad tracks behind Sidetrack Bar and Grill, they said. Authorities believe the shooter then walked toward the residential area behind Abilene Baptist Church.
Thief steals car batteries
The owner of a Martinez car lot called the sheriff’s office early Monday to report a suspicious vehicle.
The owner of Samuels Auto Brokers on Commercial Boulevard told police that he was inside the business at about 2:45 a.m. when he saw a Plymouth Neon being driven around the building several times. The car was driven to the side of the building and out of sight, so he called the sheriff’s office.
Deputies found the Neon at the side of the building. The hood was warm, the windows were partially down and the key was in the ignition. There were three tool bags inside.
Deputies couldn’t find a man wearing a yellow shirt who was seen in the area.
The Neon was registered to a Grovetown woman and didn’t have insurance. It was towed away.
Inside the car, police found 12 car batteries, likely from the vehicles on the lot. Also inside was a radiator, numerous tools and a wallet with a man’s identification.
A deputy spoke with the car’s owner, but was not able to contact the owner of the wallet.
Shopper reports being followed
A woman called police from the Martinez Walmart Sunday claiming a man was following her.
The 31-year-old said she was shopping at the store on Bobby Jones Expressway when she noticed a man staring at her and following her around the store. She said the man tried to follow her to her car, so she went back inside the store and called the sheriff’s office.
The woman said the man went out to a moped, where he sat for 20 minutes, before returning to the store to return a jacket and continue shopping.
A deputy talked with the man, who said he didn’t know the woman and denied following her.