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Police Blotter, Sept. 11, 2013

Man makes phone threats

Posted: September 10, 2013 - 11:05pm

The following accounts were taken from Columbia County Sheriff’s Office incident reports:

Man makes phone threats

An employee of a Martinez business told deputies Thursday that she was threatened by a potential customer over the phone.

The 41-year-old office manager of Glass Masters, at 4016 Washington Road, said she received three calls between 2:15 p.m. and 3:25 p.m. from a potential customer asking for a quote. The man didn’t provide enough information for the office to give him an exact quote. This angered the caller, who became very irate, vulgar and demanded a quote regardless.

The manager told the caller she couldn’t help him and that the business would not be dealing with him. The caller then made a vulgar and violent threat. The manager called her corporate boss, who told her to call authorities.

A deputy reached the caller by phone. He denied making vulgar comments or threats, but said he was upset over being mistreated. The deputy explained to the man that a business can deny anyone service and he is prohibited from calling or visiting the business.

Traded ATV was stolen

A Martinez man called authorities Thursday after suspecting an ATV he traded for was stolen.

The 24-year-old man said he called deputies to check the VIN number on an ATV. He put an ad on Craigslist to trade his ATV for a different one. A man answered the ad offering to trade a 2013 Kawasaki ATV for the man’s.

The man said three men, ages 16-26, arrived at his home and traded the ATVs. The man signed the bill of sale as did one of the men, who signed his name James B. Howard. The man took a photo of the tag number of the Jeep Cherokee the trio arrived in.

The VIN number matched an ATV reported stolen from Burke County. The ATV was taken the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office impound lot and the paperwork was collected as evidence.

Store clerk duped by caller

An Evans convenience store clerk told deputies that someone claiming to be a supervisor duped her into activating and handing over the information for cash cards.

The clerk at the Circle K at 4403 Washington Road said she got a call at about midnight Sunday from someone claiming to be with the Circle K corporate office. The caller claimed the “tower is down” and said he needed her to activate three money cards in the store. She activated two cards for $499.99 each, but couldn’t activate a third. She provided the caller with the card and PIN numbers.

The clerk then got a call from the fraud division of the company that activates the money cards. The second caller told the clerk that the transaction was fraudulent. The company tried to cancel the cards, but the caller said he’s unsure if it went through. The clerk notified her supervisor and the Circle K corporate fraud division.

Fake deputy tried to gain credit card information

A man claiming to be a Columbia County sheriff’s deputy recently called an Evans store trying to convince an employee to give him the name of a customer.

The employee of Pizza Hut at 4431 Washington Road, said she got a call at about 3 p.m. Sept. 2 from someone who sounded like a teen claiming to be Deputy Jeremy Davis. The caller said he needed the employee to give him the full name of a woman named Jessica who used a Visa card at the store. The employee said she couldn’t provide the names of credit card customers. So the caller asked for the credit card number, which the employee also refused to provide.

The employee said the same person called back at about 1 p.m. Thursday and asked the same thing. The employee again refused to provide the caller with information.

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