Martinez man charged in heist
Columbia County authorities arrested a man who they say robbed a Martinez bank Thursday morning.
Ted Howard Screws, 44, of Sally Drive in Martinez, was charged Thursday evening with armed robbery and is being held at the Columbia County Detention Center without bond, said Columbia County Sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris in an email.
Investigators say Screws is the man who walked into First Bank of Georgia on Furys Ferry Road at about 10 a.m. and handed the bank teller a note and a homemade device, Morris said.
The man rceived an undisclosed amount of money and left the bank in a white Ford F-250 extended cab truck with a camper shell.
Richmond County’s bomb squad responded to the bank and took the device out of precaution. It turned out to be a fake pipe bomb, Morris said.
Gunman sought in Evans robbery
Columbia County investigators were searching for a man who robbed an Evans gas station early Tuesday.
Just after midnight, a man wearing a hooded jacket with a scarf over his face walked into the TPS station on Washington Road at William Few Parkway and pointed a pistol at the clerk, according to a Columbia County Sheriff’s Office report.
The man took cash and cigarettes, and then ran from the store. He last was seen headed south on William Few Parkway. No one was harmed.
Investigators are looking for a slender white male, 5 feet, 10 inches to 5 feet, 11 inches tall, wearing a black hooded jacket, white or gray pants, white and black shoes and carrying a blue sack, the report states.
Couple wanted for theft of linens
Authorities are looking for a couple they say stole bed linens from a Martinez laundromat on June 9.
A Martinez man said he was washing two comforters and a blanket at the Vaughn Square Laundromat on Vaughn Road at about 11:20 a.m. The 47-year-old man said he had a medical emergency and was taken to a hospital and left the items in a washing machine, according to a Columbia County Sheriff’s Office incident report.
The man said he returned to get his linens on June 12 and couldn’t find them, according to the report.
The laundromat owner reviewed video surveillance footage of the day the man washed his items and saw that a couple stole them. The video showed a heavyset white man with gray hair in his 40s and a white woman in her late 20s coming into the laundromat at about 4 p.m.
The video showed the couple remove the man’s comforters and blanket from a washing machine and put the items in with their own laundry, according to the report. The man then took the items to a green Ford Mustang convertible with a tan top and the couple left in the car.
Anyone with information about the identity or whereabouts of the couple should call the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office at (706) 541-2800.
The following accounts were taken from reports from the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office. Additional reports are available at www.columbiacountyso.org.
Man scares away would-be thieves
A Martinez man called authorities early Tuesday claiming he’d seen and chased would-be thieves from his home.
The 57-year-old man said he was walking to the kitchen of his Stevens Way home at about 3:45 a.m., when he saw through his glass front door that someone was standing by his open garage.
When the man turned on the garage light, he saw a second man run out of the garage and the pair of would-be thieves ran around the side of his house. The man said he didn’t see the men carry anything out of the garage.
The man’s wife said she was sleeping when her husband came into the room and said someone was in the garage. She
said the would-be thieves were probably not aware that she and her husband get up very early every morning.
Nothing in the garage appeared to be missing or out of place.
Collection calls turn threatening
A man told deputies Tuesday that someone called him to collect a debt and threatened to have him arrested.
The 42-year-old man said that just before 7 p.m., someone called him several times claiming he owed them money. The caller wouldn’t say what company he was with or the amount of money the man owed.
The caller claimed that if the man didn’t pay, officers would arrest him at his workplace.
The man said he doesn’t owe any money, but the caller knew where he works and banks.
Motorists steals gas, leaves card
A man who stole gas from a Martinez gas station Tuesday left a credit card behind.
The clerk of the Circle K on Baston Road said that at about 8:15 a.m., a man came into the store, gave her a USAA Mastercard belonging to an Augusta man, and asked her to turn on a gas pump. She activated the pump and the man pumped $72 worth of gas.
The man drove away without retrieving the card. The card was declined when the clerk tried to use it to pay for the fuel.
Deputies were not able to contact the Augusta man, whose name was listed on the credit card.