Richmond County deputy hurt in crash
A Richmond County Sheriff’s Office motorcycle deputy was critically injured Thursday afternoon when he crashed his personal motorcycle on Interstate 20.
Deputy Alton Creech, who was off duty, was approaching the Belair Road westbound exit on his Harley-Davidson shortly after 5 p.m. when he hit the back of a 1999 Toyota Camry, said Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris.
Creech, 32, was airlifted to Georgia Regents Medical Center and listed in critical condition, according to a hospital spokeswoman.
Skid marks from Creech’s motorcycle, stretching 90 feet, indicated that he tried to stop before striking the Toyota, Morris said.
The driver of the Camry, Rex Reed, 25, of Martinez, was uninjured, Morris said.
The following accounts were taken from reports from the Columbia County Sheriff’s office:
Gunmen steal safe from home
Two Martinez men said Wednesday that gunmen forced their way into their home and stole a safe.
The two men were inside the Plymouth Drive home about 1:30 p.m. when two masked gunmen came into the home, pointed guns and demanded to see “Nick.”
After one of the residents fled the home, he saw one of the gunmen leave the home while carrying a small safe, which contained $1,700 and medication. The gunman ran to a waiting older-model tan Toyota Camry driven by the another gunman.
No one was hurt.
One gunmen was described as a black man wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and a black ski mask, and the other as a white man wearing a gray shirt and black ski mask.
Car break-ins interrupted in Harlem
A Harlem man interrupted a thief who was breaking into vehicles on his street early Wednesday.
The 45-year-old man said he came outside his Campbell’s Way home at about 4:30 a.m. He noticed the glove boxes and center consoles of his vehicles were open and saw a man rummaging through his neighbor’s car. The thief got into the passenger side of a black car and left. The man followed the black car but was unable to continue.
Several vehicles along the same street had been broken. One woman’s truck was stolen after the thief found the keys inside her car. A speaker stolen from the bed of a another truck on her property was later found on Appling-Harlem Road.
Most of the vehicles entered were unlocked, and the interior of some were damaged. Nothing was stolen out of some, while DVDs and small electronics were stolen from others.
Woman suspects roommate of $6,000 theft
A Grovetown woman told deputies Monday that she believes her roommate might have stolen her debit card and spent more than $6,000 with it. The 19-year-old woman discovered $6,101.40 in unauthorized purchases using her debit card between May 8 and Monday. The charges included $2,916.05 at two Walmart locations, $1,134.21 at Academy Sports and $997.31 at Tire Kindgom. There also was a $117.24 charge to the Columbia County Tax Assessor’s Office.
The said she recently allowed two men to move in with he. When she confronted them about the charges, both denied using her card. One man then told the other that he used her card to pay a storage bill, but planned to pay her back. When his roommate urged him to admit the theft to the woman, he got angry and left.
Concession stand robbed
Someone broke into the Crawford Creek Park concession stand and stole candy. A Martinez-Evans Little League volunteer called deputies about 8 a.m. Monday stating that the previous night, someone forced open the roll-up door of the concession stand. About $230 worth of candy and drinks was taken.
Victoria’s Secret package stolen from porch
A Grovetown woman called authorities Wednesday after discovering someone stole a package from her front porch. The 37-year-old woman said she was expecting a package from Victoria’s Secret. When she came home at about 6:30 p.m., she found the mat on her front porch was moved away from the door. The woman said she checked the package tracking number through UPS and confirmed it was delivered at 1:45 p.m.