The following account was taken from reports from The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office.
Thousands missing from bank account
The president of the Stratford Community Association told authorities Monday that he discovered more than $192,000 missing from the association’s bank account.
The president said that unauthorized transactions were first made on the association’s bank account on Nov. 5, 2008. Multiple transactions, totaling $192,018, occurred through Monday. An estimated $78,497 was used for credit purchases and another $113,521 was withdrawn from ATMs.
The association treasurer is the only person with access to the transaction cards and checks for the accounts.
Deputies got copies of the account statements.
Homeowner surprises armed burglar
A Harlem woman told authorities Tuesday that she walked in on a burglar stealing her television while her family was home.
The 29-year-old woman said she laid her baby son down in a bedroom at about 9 p.m. She said she got up to get him some milk at about 10:30 p.m. and as she closed the refrigerator door she saw a man standing in the living room holding her television and a gun.
The woman said she screamed and the intruder dropped the TV on the sofa and brought the gun to his lips, gesturing for her to be quiet. The intruder ran out the side door and into the woods.
The woman’s husband heard her scream and came into the kitchen to investigate. She told him what happened and when he wanted to go outside, she told him to stay inside. Her husband said he hooked the television back up, went outside and came back inside to call 911.
Deputies couldn’t find the intruder or any signs of forced entry.
The woman described the intruder as a white man, about 5-foot-3-inches tall, with a medium build and wearing a camouflage jacket, blue jeans and a black ball cap.
Walmart shopper assaulted
A woman told deputies that a man sexually assaulted her early Wednesday while she shopped at the Martinez Walmart.
The 24-year-old woman said she was shopping in the children’s clothing department at about 2:20 a.m. when a man approached her, grabbed the top of her shirt and pulled it down. The woman said she screamed and the man ran to the front of the store.
The woman said she chased the man, screaming for someone stop him as store employees stood by and watched. The man left the store.
The woman said she saw a Richmond County Sheriff’s Office patrol vehicle in front of the store and waited about 20 minutes for the deputy to return to the car. The deputy contacted Columbia County authorities.
The store manager refused to allow deputies to view security video, stating they would need a subpoena.
Holiday lawn ornaments moved, broken
Two Columbia County residents recently called authorities after someone broke their reindeer decorations by moving them into vulgar positions.
On Monday, a resident of Mansford Lane in Evans said someone attempted to force her three mechanical reindeer into sexual positions. The reindeer heads broke off.
The next day, a Martinez woman said someone damaged the lighted reindeer in her Pavilion Drive yard. Someone put the lawn ornaments on top of each other and broke the light bulbs.
Man steals laxatives, antacids
The manager of a Martinez drug store called authorities Monday after seeing as man stuff over-the-counter drugs in his pockets and walk out.
The manager of the Walgreens at 4470 Columbia Road said at about 7:30 p.m. she saw a man put about 15 boxes of antacids and laxatives into his pockets and walk toward the door. The manager confronted the man, who denied he had anything and left.