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Police Blotter, Sept. 22, 2013

Identity thief stopped early

Posted: September 21, 2013 - 11:05pm

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

Identity thief stopped early

A Grovetown woman called authorities Monday after discovering someone used her credit card and likely had intentions of opening more in her name.

The 42-year-old woman said she was notified several days earlier by her credit card company abut potential fraud on her account. The company said her card was used at a Best Buy in McDonough, Ga., to buy a $900 Apple MacBook laptop. The thief purchased the laptop online with the woman’s credit card, then picked it up in the McDonough store under the name Bolaji Faosat.

The card also was used to purchase a $165 credit report from Experian. With that information, the identity thief could apply for more credit cards in the woman’s name.

The card company representative also said that someone used the woman’s credit card for another $100 purchase.

The woman cancelled the credit card. She said she doesn’t travel to McDonough or the Atlanta area often and rarely shops online except during the holiday season. So she doesn’t know how anyone could have gotten her card number.

Cancer meds reported stolen

Someone stole medications from a Grovetown woman battling cancer.

The 56-year-old woman’s husband told deputies Tuesday that his wife’s medications were stolen from inside their house. He said his wife is battling liver cancer and was prescribed numerous medications. On Monday, the man said a hospice nurse was with his wife and asked via telephone where the medicines were and he told the nurse where to find them. The missing medicines include 30 Lorazepam, 30 Oxycodone, morphine, 30 Mirtazapine and 30 tablets of a bladder medication.

The man said he came home and the medication was on the kitchen counter, so he put them back in their proper place. On Tuesday, the man said all of the medications and their bottles were missing.

Only two other people have been inside the house. The man said he called the company and they denied taking the medications.

Ton of copper wire stolen

A manager of a Martinez industrial heating business said someone stole a ton of copper wire from the property.

The manager at Superheat FGH said that between 7 p.m. Tuesday and 7:15 a.m. Wednesday, someone cut the chain securing the back yard of the business on Industrial Park Drive. Employees arrived Wednesday and found the gate open.

The thieves stole about 2,000 pounds of copper wire from inside the gated area.

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