The following accounts were taken from reports from The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office. Additional reports are available at www.columbiacountyso.org:
Pharmacy tech pulls man from burning car
A Rite Aid pharmacy technician rescued a man from his burning car Saturday night.
The 40-year-old pharmacy tech and manager on duty at the store on Fury’s Ferry Road said at about 9:15 p.m. someone came into the store and said a car was on fire in the parking lot. She said the 25-year-old driver of the car had been in the parking lot for about three hours.
When the technician went outside to move her vehicle, she saw the man inside the burning car and pulled him out.
The man said he pulled up to the drug store in Martinez and called his mother. He told deputies that he didn’t remember anything after that.
The car was engulfed in flames when Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue personnel arrived.
Woman reports robber at her home in Evans
An Evans woman called deputies Saturday evening after someone tried to break into her home.
The 30-year-old said she was in her bedroom at about 9:15 p.m. when someone rang the door bell and knocked on the front door, but she didn’t answer.
When she heard someone breaking the back sliding glass door, the woman said she tried to escape through her bedroom window. As she did, she saw a man with long brown hair and a green flannel shirt running and jumping over her fence.
Older man suspiciously watched children swim
A Columbia County sheriff’s deputy said Saturday that an older man was suspiciously watching children swim at an Evans neighborhood pool.
The deputy said he was working a special assignment at the Northwoods subdivision pool on Elm Drive at about 6:45 p.m. when he saw a man appearing to be in his late 60s or early 70s standing outside the fence. He was waving at children and watching them swim.
Two girls rode up on the their bicycles and the deputy said the man spoke to the girls and told them his name.
A boy inside the fence assumed the man forgot his pool key and went to the fence to let him in. The man did not go into the pool area and said he was just watching. He then walked away.
Man arrested for stealing at Walmart
Deputies arrested a Grovetown man Sunday morning after he was caught shoplifting and stealing in the parking lot of Walmart.
Anthony Blake Hobbs, 30, of Lone Oak Road, was charged with theft.
An employee of the store on Steiner Way told deputies that he was sitting in the parking lot during his lunch break just after 2 a.m. when he saw Hobbs take four potted plants from in front of the store and put them in his car. The employee said Hobbs then took a green hose from the bed of a Ford F150 and put it in the back of his car.
A deputy found Hobbs still in the lot with the plants in his vehicle. The truck owner told the deputy that someone stole a caulk gun and a green air hose from the bed of his truck. Those items also were found in Hobbs’ car.
Hobbs was released later Sunday after posting a $1,600 bond, according to jailers.
Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue activity report for May 27-June 2:
Medical calls, 18; activated fire alarms, 11; vehicle wrecks, nine; controlled/unauthorized burns, three; investigations, three; vehicle fires, two; wood/brush/grass fires, one; structure fires, one; assist citizens, one; hazardous materials, one; interior gas leak, one; ruptured gas line, one; mutual aid/public safety assistance, one; and activated carbon monoxide detector, one.