The following accounts were taken from Columbia County Sheriff’s Office incident reports:
Hotel guest uses another’s cell phone
A woman staying in a hotel near Interstate 20 told deputies Tuesday that a fellow guest went into her room and used her cell phone.
The 35-year-old woman said she left her phone plugged into a wall charger in a room at the Hampton Inn at 4081 Jimmie Dyess Parkway at about 3 p.m. the previous day. The woman returned from dinner at about 6:30 p.m., retrieved the phone, then left to meet her boss.
The woman began receiving text messages on her phone from someone who claimed to have been inside her hotel room, gone through her phone and wanted to get more information and pictures of her. She went to the front desk and called authorities.
A deputy met with a man who said he checked into the hotel and entered his room to discover he’d been assigned to a room that was already occupied. He saw someone’s belongings in the room. The man said he used the woman’s phone to see her phone number and photos. He admitted sending her text messages and requesting that they swap pictures. The man said he stopped contacting the woman when she asked him to.
The woman said she didn’t want to prosecute the man, but asked that he not contact her again.
Car break-ins hit subdivision
Several residents of an Evans subdivision told authorities Tuesday that someone broke into their vehicles overnight.
Someone broke into vehicles at 17 homes in Woodlief, off Hereford Farm Road, late Monday or early Tuesday. Vehicle windows were broken or pried open or unlocked vehicles were entered as they were parked in driveways of homes on Weyanoke Drive, Tilton Drive, Archard Drive and Wells Drive. One vehicle was parked in a resident’s backyard.
In some vehicles, items were moved around, glove boxes or center consoles emptied, but nothing was stolen. Tools and small electronics were stolen from others.
Man alleges items stolen
A Martinez man told deputies Tuesday that he believes his landlord is stealing from him.
The 23-year-old man said he and his landlord don’t get along well and he believes she is stealing his belongings from inside the house he rents.
The man said he isn’t sure exactly what was taken since June 13, but knows that a Kel-Tec P-11 .9-mm handgun and two Canon cameras are missing from his bedroom.
Inept thieves damage truck
A man visiting his fiancee said Tuesday that someone badly damaged his truck while trying to steal it.
The 35-year-old man said he left his truck with a trailer of lawn equipment attached at the end of Wave Hill Drive in The Haven at Reed Creek apartments at about 12:30 a.m. He was visiting his fiancee’s apartment. When he returned to his truck at about 8:30 a.m., he discovered it had been broken into and damaged.
Someone removed the passenger door handle assembly and took off the interior dome light assembly to prevent the cab from being lit while the thieves tried to steal the truck.
The steering column and ignition housing was substantially damaged. The man wasn’t able to insert his key in the ignition because something was broken off inside the ignition.
Fraud used to buy gas
Two Columbia County residents called authorities Tuesday after realizing someone used their debit or credit card information to buy gas at the Evans Kroger store.
A 37-year-old woman, who said she receives instant text message notifications each time her credit card is used, said someone used her card at the Kroger on Washington Road at about 2:35 p.m. The woman said she was at work and had the card with her at the time of the $42.33 transaction.
Someone used the same credit card at 8 p.m. the previous evening to buy fuel at the same location. The woman cancelled her credit card and was told by a company representative that the Tuesday transaction was manually keyed in.
She also called the store manager about the incident.
A 52-year-old man said he was checking his back account information and found two $40 transactions at the same Kroger gas station location. The man confirmed his wife hadn’t made the purchases and had the debit card in her possession.