Martinez man found hiding under truck
A Martinez man found hiding under a truck Monday morning faces a variety of charges.
According to a Richmond County Sheriff’s Office report, deputies were called to Southern Mechanical Inc., 3072 Damascus Road, around 4:30 a.m. Monday for an alarm. They discovered Todd Anthony Robert, 31, lying under a truck in a fenced-in area on the property.
Robert told deputies he jumped the fence to take a short-cut to a friend’s home on Bayvale Road. Deputies, however, discovered copper tubing that had been tossed over the fence surrounding the property.
Robert was booked into the Richmond County Jail on charges of criminal trespass, possession of tools for the commission of a crime and two counts of entering an automobile to commit a theft.
The following accounts were taken from reports from The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office. Additional reports are available at www.columbiacountyso.org:
Masters flag stolen off porch
A Martinez woman called authorities early Thursday after discovering someone stole her Masters Tournament flag.
The 57-year-old woman said between 10 p.m. Wednesday and 6 a.m. Friday, someone stole the $40 flag from her front porch.
Sex offender contacts girl
A Martinez woman told deputies Tuesday that a registered sex offender sent messages to her daughter via Facebook.
The woman said she discovered a 61-year-old man was sending her 12-year-old daughter messages. The messages were not lewd or vulgar, but disturbing because of the girl’s age.
Deputies went to the man’s Martinez home, where they met with him and discovered he is a registered sex offender.
The conversations between the man and the girl were sent to a sheriff’s office investigator.
Ex-husband found in bed
A Martinez woman told deputies Tuesday that she found her ex-husband sleeping in her bed.
The 34-year-old said her ex-husband has been getting into her Stardust Drive home without permission and has been told several times not to come back.
She’d spent several nights at her parents’ home because her 32-year-old ex-husband kept showing up at her house.
At about 9 a.m. Tuesday, the woman said she returned home and found her ex-husband asleep in her bed. She told him she’d call authorities if he didn’t leave. He left before deputies arrived.
Man scares teens in his driveway
Two teens told their mother Monday that a man threatened and followed them after they turned around in his driveway.
A 43-year-old Martinez woman called authorities after her 17-year-old daughter and her 16-year-old son were scared by a homeowner when they turned around in his driveway.
The teen driver said that about 2:30 p.m., she forgot something and pulled into a driveway on Brookfield Parkway to turn around.
She said the homeowner arrived and used his truck to block in her car. The teen said the man began yelling and cursing at them and threatened to call the authorities if they didn’t get out of his driveway.
Once the homeowner moved his truck, the teen said he followed her car, tailgating, into Richmond County. She turned off Washington Road and the man continued, yelling at her as he passed.
The woman said the incident scared her children and they are afraid to drive past the man’s home.
Deputies talked to the homeowner, who said he arrived home and saw the car attempting to back out of his driveway. He pulled behind the car to see who the driver was. The man said when he threatened the teens to leave, they cursed at him and “gave him the finger.”
The man said he followed the car to get a tag number, but then decided not to call authorities.
The woman told deputies she was upset that the man scared her children and told them never to go onto his property. The man said he didn’t want to cause problems, but doesn’t want the teens on his property.
Burglars stole wire from barn
A Harlem woman called deputies Wednesday evening after seeing two suspicious people run away from her barn.
The 52-year-old woman said she was working in the yard about 6 p.m., when she saw two men wearing dark clothing crouching behind her barn. They ran into nearby woods.
The woman said her husband, the owner of an electrical contracting business, came home and confirmed that a large spool of wire, worth $800, was missing.