The following accounts were taken from reports from The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office:
Man charged in bank robbery
An Augusta man was arrested Saturday morning after he used a gun to rob a Martinez bank.
Andrew Gareth Nelson, 31, of Kings View Drive, was charged with armed robbery and possession of a weapon during the commission of a crime.
A teller at the Wells Fargo Bank at 489 Furys Ferry Road said a man came into the bank just after 9 a.m. brandishing a pistol and demanding $50 and $100 bills from the tellers. He received an undetermined amount of cash, placed it in a black bag and tried unsuccessfully to leave through a rear emergency exit.
The man then left through the front door and ran to a wooded area next to the bank. Witnesses told authorities the robber was wearing dark clothing and sunglasses, with his face partially covered by a black mask.
Deputies found Nelson walking behind businesses on Bohler Road. He ran when deputies ordered him to stop. Deputies confronted him behind a business and arrested him.
Nelson is being held in the Columbia County Detention Center without bond, according to jailers.
Fraud found after decades
An Appling man called authorities Thursday after discovering someone had been using his personal information for credit cards for more than 40 years.
The man said he tried to get a charge card through Costco on New Year’s Day and was denied because of a “serious delinquency” on a GE Money Bank account for a Belk charge card. A representative with Experian credit bureau told the man the account was opened in 1969 and someone had been
paying on it since then. The person who opened the account – Jack Short of Americus, Ga. – stopped paying on it in September 2012.
A second credit card was opened through Chase using the man’s information under the name G.G. Short in Montezuma, Ga.
The man said he discovered the accounts last year and reported them to the credit companies and credit bureaus, but never to law enforcement.
Chase closed the account, but GE Money Bank has not.
Woman’s dog found slain
A Grovetown woman said Friday someone killed her dog.
The 39-year-old woman said her four dogs were in her backyard, which is surrounded by a privacy fence. The fence has an 8-foot-wide opening. When she came home at about 5 p.m., the woman said her dachshund/chihuahua mix was dead in the yard and had a small hole on the left side of its neck. One of her other dogs has a small red mark and the other two were not injured.
The woman took her dead dog to her father’s home and then called authorities.
The woman’s backyard adjoins a wooded area that backs up to a neighborhood behind hers. There are several people who walk through the woods daily and the woman believes a walker shot her dog.