The following accounts were taken from reports from the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office. Additional reports are available at www.columbiacountyso.org:
Fight breaks out in Walmart parking lot
A fight started in the Martinez Walmart parking lot Monday after a store employee accused a customer of stealing light bulbs.
A 50-year-old man and his daughter were leaving the Garden Center at the Bobby Jones Expressway store at about 11:45 a.m. when an employee stopped him and accused him of stealing.
The man said he got into an argument with the employee and another man standing near him, the employee’s son.
As the customer and his daughter walked away, he said the employee’s son drove up next to him, started yelling and hitting him, which caused the fight.
The employee’s son said he asked the customer to stop so he could ask about the light bulbs and the man got too close to him.
A witness loading items into her vehicle saw the employee and his son yell at the customer in the parking lot. She reported seeing the employee’s son, who told her to “shut up and mind your own business,” hitting the man numerous times and that started the fight.
A loss prevention officer verified that the customer didn’t steal the light bulbs.
Woman reports man with gun
A woman called dispatchers Tuesday night after seeing two men, one carrying a gun, walking on Hereford Farm Road toward North Belair Road in Evans.
The woman, who did not want to meet with deputies, said one of the men was not wearing a shirt and it looked like a man was pointing a “long” gun at the other.
Officers checked the area, but didn’t find the men. About 10 minutes after arriving they heard a faint gunshot coming from the area of Washington Road and Towne Centre Drive.
Deputies were unable to uncover any more details about the situation.
Woman never returns rental
An employee at a Martinez car rental business said Tuesday that a woman never returned a rented SUV.
She said that the woman rented a 2010 Ford Expedition worth $40,000 from Waters Van and Car Rental on the 3800 block of Martinez Boulevard and should have returned it Nov. 18.
The renter likely left the area. She hasn’t answered calls, hasn’t been heard from by her employer and has moved away from her last known address.
A local relative said she believes the woman moved to Florida.
Vehicles broken into at businesses
Three vehicles were broken into Nov. 19; two at Columbia County amusement centers and another at a restaurant.
In each circumstance, someone smashed a window to gain entry.
A break-in occurred at about 9 p.m. at Adventure Crossing on Wheeler Road. Nothing was stolen from the 2005 Dodge Ram truck.
A 2001 Chevy Silverado truck was broken into at Putt-Putt on Martinez Boulevard at about 8:30 p.m. In that case, someone stole an emergency vehicle bag.
At about 8:40 p.m., someone broke into a 1997 Ford van parked at Golden Corral on Bobby Jones Expressway and stole two cell phones, a passport, a purse and credit cards.
Bullet goes through window at Evans home
A man called deputies to his Evans home Monday after hearing a bullet break through his window. The man was in his kitchen at about noon when he heard a loud noise and found a bullet that struck multiple items inside his home at the 900 block of Mitchell Lane.
The man’s neighbor told him that his rifle had accidentally discharged and promised to pay for the damages.