The following accounts were taken from Columbia County Sheriff’s Office incident reports:
Two pieces of heavy equipment were stolen and damaged from work sites early last week.
A Columbia County Roads and Bridges Department employee called deputies Tuesday morning after discovering a bulldozer missing from Gross Place Drive near Postell Drive in Appling. The employee, who said the bulldozer was on the site the previous evening, said he found it about two miles west on Gross Place Road. Someone used it to dig a pit on the dirt road.
The ignition switch and blade control were damaged.
A Robertson Grading employee told authorities that someone stole a backhoe from a work site on Chamblin Road. The backhoe was parked at the site near Canterbury Farms.
The employee said the backhoe was equipped with GPS, and he was able to pinpoint its location at the end of Cantrerbury Drive. The employee found the backhoe on an unpaved road at the end of Canterbury Farms Parkway.
Someone used the backhoe to dig out some mudholes. The backhoe was found about a quarter of a mile down the dirt road, sitting in a mud hole and out of fuel. It wasn’t damaged.
Teen arrested for weapons
An Evans teen was arrested Tuesday for bringing weapons to school on the first day of class.
Timothy Levi Burton, 18, of Rivershyre Drive, was charged with possession of a weapon on school grounds. He was released from the the Columbia County Detention Center Thursday after posting $5,100 bond, according to jailers.
A school system safety officer told deputies that a student told her that Burton possibly had drugs in his vehicle because he asked the student if she wanted some marijuana. Burton gave the officer and assistant principal permission to search his vehicle, which was parked in the student lot. They found a large kitchen knife, which Burton said he used to cut weedeater line when he does lawn maintenance.
The officials also found a “homemade bludgeoning tool” in the vehicle. It was made from a marine paddle that was cut narrow and had screws and nails hammered into it, making a “sharp impact device.” Burton told deputies a friend left the paddle in his vehicle and had called him that morning to let him know he’d forgotten it. Burton said he put the paddle under his backseat so it would be hidden.
Man targeted by ticket scam
A Grovetown man called authorities Wednesday after discovering he was likely the victim of a traffic-ticket scam.
The 38-year-old man said he received a call on Aug. 1 from someone claiming to be Lt. Anthony Johnson of the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office. The caller said the man was mailed a ticket for running a red light in Fulton County and that the ticket hadn’t been paid. The caller said if the man didn’t pay the $461.13 ticket that a warrant would issued for his arrest.
The man said he couldn’t provide a debit card number because that bank account was under investigation by the FBI because someone fraudulently used his account. So the man got a PayPal card with a check from a different account and sent the money to the caller.
The man said he then saw a news report of a woman getting scammed in a similar way and worried he could be a victim. A deputy called the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office and spoke to someone who said a Lt. Anthony Johnson works there, but would not have called anyone about a traffic ticket. The sheriff’s office employee said Fulton County didn’t have red light cameras and that it must be a scam by someone using Johnson’s name.
The man was going to try to cancel the check before it was cashed.