The following account was taken from Columbia County Sheriff’s office incident reports:
A man was scammed out of $20,000 Thursday.
The 58-year-old man said he was loading items in his truck at the Lowe’s on Bobby Jones Expressway at about 3:30 p.m. when a stranger approached him, asking for a ride to a Davis Road McDonald’s. At McDonald’s, the stranger began talking to a man in a jumpsuit about not trusting people and banks with money.
The man in the jumpsuit produced a large amount of cash and the man told him he should put it in a bank because someone could steal it from him. The stranger said he trusts people, not banks. The man said the stranger then bet him that he could send the man around the parking lot with his money and he wouldn’t steal it. The man drove around the parking lot with the stranger’s money and returned. The stranger bet the man he couldn’t do the same thing. The man went to a nearby bank, withdrew $20,000 and returned to McDonald’s. He let the two men walk around the restaurant with his cash. They never returned.
Woman robbed in parking lot
A woman called authorities Friday afternoon stating a man robbed her in a Martinez bank parking lot.
The 71-year-old woman said she was at the Wells Fargo Bank at 3726 Washington Road about 1 p.m. While waiting in line, a man behind her started a conversation and stood directly behind her as she conducted a transaction with the teller. After she withdrew $1,800 in $20 bills, the man followed the woman to the parking lot. As she tried to get into her car, the woman said the man demanded her cash. He snatched the money and left toward Davis Road in a beige sedan.