The following accounts were taken from reports from The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office:
Ex-boyfriend title-pawned woman’s car
A Evans woman called authorities Monday after discovering her car had been repossessed.
The 23-year-old woman said her ex-boyfriend forged her signature and pawned the title to her car at Title Max in January. A company repossessed her car on the morning of Feb. 10 from the parking lot of her apartment complex on Old Evans Road.
The woman said she hasn’t had contact with her ex since Feb. 10.
Shoplifter escapes, leaves ID behind
Columbia County authorities are looking for a South Carolina man they say tried to shoplift from the Evans Walmart, but ended up leaving behind his identification.
An employee of the store at 4469 Washington Road said that about 2:20 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11, a man was in the store shopping. Store loss prevention staff saw the man put a case of beer and a bag of hot chicken wings in his buggy. He then went to the hardware section, where he added two gallons of paint and several multi-packs of padlocks to his cart.
The man hid the items in a shopping bag he brought with him and tried to leave the store.
As he left, an employee tried to stop him, but the man slipped out of his jacket and ran out of the store. He left his jacket, with his South Carolina ID card in the pocket, and a black hat.
A Martinez man told deputies Tuesday that someone stole the tailgate off his truck.
The 41-year-old man said he left his truck parked in the lot outside his Ridge Crossing apartment Monday night. About 6:15 a.m. Tuesday, he discovered the tailgate missing and no damage to the truck.
Woman spies burglar
A Martinez woman told deputies Wednesday that she caught an intruder trying to get into her house.
The 19-year-old woman said she was upstairs in her Fair Oaks Court home at about 10 a.m., when her dogs “went crazy.” As the woman came down the stairs, she saw a man trying to open her back door. When the intruder saw the woman, he ran away. The woman ran upstairs, called her mother, then 911.
The woman described the intruder as a white man, clean shaven, wearing a black jacket and black beanie cap.
Deputies didn’t find any signs of forced entry on the back door.