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Police Blotter, May 15, 2013

Male shoplifters caught using purse for thefts

Posted: May 15, 2013 - 12:01am

The following accounts were taken from reports from the Columbia County Sheriff’s office:

Male shoplifters caught using purse for thefts

Two Hephzibah men were arrested Thursday after they were caught using a purse to shoplift from Walmart.

Altaye Levelle Knight, 20, and Na­thaniel James Pace III, 18, both of Storey Mill Estates, were charged with shoplifting.

Deputies patrolling the parking lot of the store on Bobby Jones Expressway were alerted that two men, later identified as Knight and Pace, ran out of the lawn and garden exit carrying a woman’s purse. Deputies detained Knight and Pace. They dropped the purse, which contained four video game controllers, worth $215.83, that had been taken from the store.

A 16-year-old female, also from Hephzibah, followed Knight and Pace out of the store and tried to evade deputies until a witness said the teen was with Knight and Pace.

All three admitted trying to steal from the store. The teen was turned over to her parents.

Knight was released from the Columbia County Detention Center on Friday after posting an $1,100 bond, according to jailers. Pace was released Saturday after posting the same amount of bond.

Education card used fraudulently

A Columbia County Board of Education accountant called deputies Friday after discovering someone used a staff credit card to buy computer equipment online.

The accountant said she identified a fraudulent transaction on a credit card issued to a staff member. The card was used on eBay to buy a Wacom Intuos5 Medium, a pen and touch tablet that cost $358.88, from www.
studica.com.

The accountant asked an eBay representative to track the purchase, which was made by Carl Cloud, of Midville, Ga. The account information included a phone number for Carl Cloud or Cloud Computing Service. The accountant confirmed through FedEx that the package was delivered to the same address in Midville.

Studica.com representatives provided the email address and computer IP address associated with the purchase.

Augusta Christian Schools vandalized

An Augusta Christian Schools teacher called authorities Sunday after discovering someone vandalized the school overnight.

The teacher said she got to the school on Baston Road just before 11 a.m. and found that the hallway floors were full of trash and books. There were no signs of forced entry.

Columbia County Fire Rescue weekly fire report, May 5-11:

Medical calls, 39; vehicle
wrecks, 11; activated fire alarms, five; controlled/unauthorized burns, five; structure fires, four; mutual aid/public safety assistance, four; activated carbon monoxide detector, two; CPR in progress, two; investigations, two; assist citizens, two; vehicle fires, two; ruptured gas line, one; interior natural gas leak, one; hazardous materials, one; and wood/brush/grass fires, one.

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