The following accounts were taken from reports from The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office.
2 arrested in failed break-in
Two men were arrested Monday after a homeowner said they tried to break into her Martinez residence.
A 22-year-old woman called authorities when she heard someone trying to break into her home on Keene Street at about 10:30 a.m.
The woman said a man knocked on her front door for several minutes.
About 45 minutes later, she heard voices outside her house and saw a man cutting the kitchen window screen with a knife. She then heard the rear door knob rattle.
The men tried to kick in the door but left the house when they were unable.
Deputies stopped two men walking nearby who matched the description the woman gave. One of the men ran from deputies but was detained after a short pursuit.
James Eugene Pitts, 21, of Martinez, and Rodriquez Demontay Germany, 21, of Harlem, were charged with burglary, criminal attempt to commit a felony and possession of Schedule II drugs.
Germany also was charged with willful obstruction of law enforcement officers.
Pitts was at the Columbia County Detention Center Thursday with bond set at $37,900. Germany also remained in jail Thursday on $39,500 bond.
Delivery man reports robbery
A man delivering merchandise to a Martinez drug store early Tuesday said he was robbed at gunpoint.
The 43-year-old said he was waiting for the manager of Walgreens at 3900 Washington Road to open the back door at about 4:30 a.m. when two men approached him.
One man pointed a handgun at him and the other demanded he “give him whatever he had.”
The delivery man said he didn’t have anything and the two men grabbed a box containing 30 cartons of cigarettes before running away.
Another delivery man at the scene corroborated the story but didn’t see the gun.
Vehicles broken into in West Lake subdivision
Several vehicle break-ins were reported overnight Monday in the West Lake subdivision.
Among items reported missing from vehicles parked in driveways on Foxfire Place and Shady Oaks Drive were an iPad and a pair of sunglasses taken out of a Mercedes.
Most of the vehicles had been left unlocked.
A resident, whose car had been broken into, saw two people running through the neighborhood at about 11:45 p.m. The 29-year-old and his friend chased them.
Deputies found two juveniles who were identified as the two people fleeing the scene.
Another woman had her vehicle rummaged through but no items stolen. She found a golf club and iPad in front of her vehicle.
Department store worker admits to stealing items
An employee of an Evans department store was arrested Wednesday after admitting to stealing merchandise from the store.
Marshalls employee Kristopher Deondre Rucker, 28, was charged with theft by conversion and remained in jail Thursday on $2,600 bond.
Rucker, of Augusta, told a loss prevention officer at the store that he took merchandise and sold it.
Rucker also said he would help customers by cancelling their lay-away transactions. He would then bag their items and return the initial deposit. The customers, who would pay him a fee, could then walk out of the store with unpaid merchandise.
Several transactions from the past two weeks totalled more than $1,000 in losses for Marshalls.
Lakeside student arrested after urinating on wall
A Lakeside High School student was arrested Tuesday for urinating on a wall during school.
At about 11:50 a.m., the student was walking down a hallway with two others when he urinated on a wall.
The student was taken to juvenile court, where he said, “Will you please kill me. If you won’t, I will.”
The student was transported to the emergency room at Medical College of Georgia hospital.
Martinez man, 28, accused of beating girlfriend
A man was charged with battery Thursday when his girlfriend said he beat her because of a cell phone pass code.
The woman said that her 28-year-old boyfriend, James Elbert Sutton Jr., became upset with her for having a pass code on her cellphone.
Sutton, of Martinez, grabbed her arm and began punching her several times on the head. The 29-year-old said Sutton punched her about six times.
Deputies saw both bruises on the woman’s arm and two large knots on her head.
She said she bit Sutton to get away from him and jumped off the couch. Sutton, she said, dragged her by the hair into the bedroom.
As she packed her belongings, they continued to argue. She left for a friend’s house and called 911.
Sutton said the two began to argue because of money problems. Sutton said his girlfriend became angry, scratched his side and bit him several times.
Sutton admitted to pushing her chest but denied hitting her.
Sutton remained at the jail Thursday with bond set at $1,600.