The following accounts were taken from reports from the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office. Additional reports are available at www.columbiacountyso.org:
Three arrested for graffiti at church
Authorities charges three teens with spray-painting an outbuilding at a Grovetown church.
Deputies went to Woodlawn Baptist Church at 5005 Columbia Road about a possible burglary in progress. When they arrived, deputies found three teens – Dalton Patrick Thomason, 18; Steven Philip Bradley, 17; and Victor Socia Lecompte, 19 – behind the church near a trailer.
When they saw deputies, the teens tried to flee, but were arrested.
Deputies saw spray-painted graffiti on the side of the trailer and several cans of spray-paint inside a car the teens arrived in. All three admitted to spray-painting the trailer.
They were charged with vandalism to a place of worship. Lecompte, who lives in Swainsboro, but is living with Thomason in Augusta, remained in the Columbia County Detention Center Thursday on a $2,600 bond, according to jailers. Thomason and Bradley, of Grovetown, were released from the jail Wednesday after each posted a $2,600 bond, according to jailers.
ADT poser tried to con Martinez woman
A Martinez woman believed someone claiming to be a home security system telemarketer tried to scam her on Tuesday.
The 23-year-old said she received a phone call about 3 p.m. from someone claiming he represented ADT. He asked if she had a security system. The woman said she wasn’t interested and hung up the phone.
Later, she grew suspicious and called ADT. An operator with the company said it doesn’t solicit over the phone and suggested she call the sheriff’s office.
Deputies tried calling a phone number from the woman’s caller I.D., but no one answered.
Man tried to send girl nude photos
A Grovetown mother said early Tuesday that a man her daughter met online tried to send her nude pictures of himself.
The mother said her daughter was on mbuzzy.com, an online dating site, late Monday evening when a man asked her to engage in phone sex and swap nude photos.
The daughter gave the man the cell phone number of another man she knew. He received six nude photos from the online male.
Four implicated for drugs and arson
A sheriff’s deputy found four people loitering at an elementary school Tuesday. In his report, the deputy indicated they might have been using drugs and implicated them in a weekend arson.
The deputy wrote that while on patrol he came across a red Chevy Blazer parked in the lot of Martinez Elementary School about 1:30 a.m.
He found a man and woman in the back seat and noted that the man’s eyes were “glazed over and slightly red.”
While searching the man, the deputy found two packs of incense of the same type found at the scene of a recent arson at the school.
Another couple were at the school’s playground Tuesday when the deputy initially arrived, but approached the Blazer later. One was the owner of the Chevy and gave the deputy permission to search it.
He found glass pipes containing marijuana residue in the SUV.
Also, the Blazer matched the description of a suspect vehicle seen at the school Monday, the night of the arson.
A patrolling deputy found a broken window Monday on a portable classroom at the school. Nothing was stolen, but the window frame did show fire damage.
Columbia County sheriff’s Maj. Rick Whitaker said in an email that the people “were caught there (at the school) following this (arson) incident.”
Three of those involved are 18 years old, and the other is a 21-year-old man. None had been arrested as of Thursday.
Whitaker said an investigation is under way.