The following accounts were taken from reports from The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office. Additional reports are available at www.columbiacountyso.org:
Three robbed Tuesday in Evans home invasion
Three people were robbed at gunpoint Tuesday afternoon during a home invasion in Evans.
Two men in their early 20s and a 19-year-old woman said two men forced their way into their home on the 200 block of Lariat Circle about 3 p.m.
All three were forced to lay on the floor while the robbers took cellphones, an iPad, an X-Box and cash. Then, they ran from the home.
The victims described the robbers: The first was described as black, 6-foot, 180 pounds, wearing khaki pants and a camouflage jacket. The other robber also is black, 5-foot-7, 200 pounds, was wearing denim pants and a black hooded sweat shirt.
Man reports he was robbed at gunpoint
A man told deputies that he was robbed by three men at gunpoint late Monday in the parking lot of a hotel near Interstate 20.
The 45-year-old said he was talking on a phone at about 11:30 p.m. in the parking lot of the Hawthorne Suites on Jimmie Dyess Parkway when a white Kia Spectra with three men inside pulled up behind him.
One of the men in the Kia asked for directions to the Club Tropicabana. When the man said he didn’t know, one of the strangers got out of the car and asked if he could urinate behind a dumpster near his truck. The stranger acted like he was urinating and pulled a gun on the man. The gunman ordered the man to lay on the ground and threatened to kill him.
While he was on the ground, the man said a second stranger got out of the car, rummaged through his truck and stole a laptop, cellphone and his wallet containing four credit cards and $240 in cash.
The gunman and the thief got back into the car and left. The man got a partial tag number and a description of the vehicle, which was stolen from Barton Chapel Road in Augusta earlier Monday and used in several Richmond County robberies.
The man said he didn’t see the third stranger, but he described the gunman as a 20- to 25-year-old black man, 5-foot-6 to 5-foot-9, 115 to 145 pounds, and with gold teeth.
Anyone with information about the robbers should call the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office at (706) 541-2800.
Teen rides stolen bike out of Evans Walmart
A teen stole a bike Wednesday from the Evans Walmart by hopping on and riding it out of the store.
The manager of the store told Columbia County sheriff’s deputies that the 18-year-old was riding the $129 Mongoose Rebel in the store and then rode it outside when employees tried to stop him.
However, employees found a 24-year-old Evans woman the teen came with still in the store. When they told her what happened, she called the teen and he returned the bike.
The managers banned the two from returning to Walmart.
Shoplifter injured, caught
An Appling man was arrested Wednesday after he cut his finger while shoplifting from an Evans store.
Anthony Todd Hayes, 28, of Rachels Drive, was charged with misdemeanor shoplifting.
At about 6 p.m., an employee of Marshall’s in Mullins Crossing said she saw Hayes hide several items in his coat. He cut his thumb while trying to remove a security sensor from a coat. She said Hayes went to the restroom and came back out with his thumb bandaged with a paper towel.
Hayes hid a few more items inside the waistband of his pants and tried to leave the store through the entrance doors. The doors only open one way, so he was unable to leave.
The employee and a deputy approached Hayes inside the store. The deputy saw a large bulge in the front of Hayes’ coat and asked him to unzip it. Inside the coat and Hayes’ waistband, the deputy found a pack of Polo underwear, a pair of gloves, three hats and a pair of socks.
Hayes was arrested and was being held Thursday in the Columbia County Detention Center on a $1,600 bond, according to jail records.