The following account was taken from Columbia County Sheriff’s office incident reports:
Man arrested for indecency
An Appling man accused of exposing himself in three counties was arrested this week.
Chad Eric Stefani, 24, of Johns Road, was charged with public indecency in Richmond County on Monday. After he was released on bond, Stefani turned himself in to Columbia County authorities Tuesday on one count of public indecency.
After two women in Columbia County recognized his photo, they also accused Stefani of flashing them. He was charged with two more counts of public indecency on Thursday. He was being held in the Columbia County Detention Center on Thursday on a $3,200 bond, according to jail records.
Stefani is accused of exposing himself to a female motorist on Wheeler Road on June 20. A Columbia County woman said he exposed himself to her from his vehicle on June 19 on Bluff Road.
On Tuesday, a woman said she recognized Stefani’s photo in the media stating he was the man who exposed himself to her on June 12 outside the Family Y on Belair Road in Evans.
The 23-year-old said she was eating lunch in her vehicle when a truck pulled up next to her. The driver, who she believes is Stefani, said, “Can I ask you a question?” He lifted himself up in his seat and exposed himself. The woman said she drove away, but didn’t get a tag number from the truck.
After hearing about similar incidents and recognizing Stefani’s photo, she called authorities.
A teen also called deputies after recognizing Stefani’s picture. The 18-year-old said she was driving on Columbia Road near Samarya Lane in Martinez on June 3, when a truck pulled up next to her vehicle. A passenger had a ferret and lifted it to show the truck driver, believed to be Stefani. The teen said Stefani lifted himself, pulled down his pants and exposed his penis to them.
Stefani is also accused of a similar incident in Edgefield County on April 4.
$20,000 stolen from home
An Evans woman called authorities Tuesday to report that someone had stolen $20,000 in cash from her home.
The 64-year-old woman said she had bundled up the cash and put it on her dresser, preparing for a trip to the bank. The woman said she was expecting new furniture to be delivered, so she asked an area contractor to help remove the old furniture from her bedroom.
The contractor sent a man named “Chico” to help. The woman said she didn’t know Chico, but had seen him in the area. The woman said she made a mistake by going to a neighbor’s home to borrow a saw to cut the legs off a sofa. She left Chico alone with the money and that was the last time she saw of it.
Woman sees peeping Tom
A Grovetown teen told deputies Tuesday that she caught a man looking through her window.
The teen said she was washing dishes in the kitchen at about 9:40 p.m., when she caught motion out of the corner of her eye.
The teen said she looked at the window to the backyard and saw a man standing outside peering through the window at her.
The teen looked at the man and said she was calling authorities if he didn’t leave, then she ran off. When she returned a short time later, the man was gone.
She told her mother, who returned home about an hour later, and called deputies.
The teen described the peeping Tom as a white man, about 30 years old, with a goatee.