The following account was taken from reports from The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office.
Home invasion suspect caught
An Augusta man accused of breaking into a Martinez house while the residents were home Wednesday has been arrested.
Paul Nehemiah Bailey, 26, of Madison Lane, was charged with burglary, making false statements and probation violation.
A 57-year-old woman told deputies that about 10:40 a.m. two men kicked in the door of her Rose Street home. One of the men had a handgun, and they kept asking, “Where are they at? We’re going to kill them.”
The men ran away when the woman’s husband came out of a bedroom and said he was getting his gun.
Deputies found Bailey in the nearby Walmart parking lot. The second man, who has been identified, had not yet been arrested.
Man chases burglar
A Harlem man told deputies Monday that he chased a man he caught breaking into his home.
The 38-year-old man said he returned to his Old Blythe Road home at about 1 p.m. and found a man at his front door. The intruder saw the man and went to his vehicle, but the man parked behind it and blocked the intruder in. When he asked the intruder what he was doing, the intruder replied that he was looking for scrap metal.
The man asked the intruder why his front door was open, the intruder said he didn’t know, backed up his older model Toyota van and sped away. The man chased the intruder but wasn’t able to catch him as he sped down G.R. Tucker Road.
Woman finds year-long fraud
A Grovetown woman called deputies Monday after discovering she unwittingly had been paying someone else’s bills for more than a year.
The 27-year-old woman said she found fraudulent charges to her checking account. Because she rarely checks it, she was unaware the charges were ongoing since November 2011.
Someone used the woman’s debit card number to set up monthly automatic billing for Geico auto insurance, DirectTV and Cingular cell phone service.