The following accounts were taken from Columbia County Sheriff’s Office incident reports:
Woman arrested returning sunglasses
A Martinez woman was arrested Monday after she returned to a store from where she stole several pairs of sunglasses earlier in the day, according to police.
Angela Ross Thomas, 37, of Biltmore Drive, was charged with theft by taking. She was released from the Columbia County Detention Center after posting a $2,600 bond bond, authorities said.
A manager of Eyeglass World in Martinez called authorities at about 2:30 p.m. after Thomas, who was in the store earlier in the day when items were stolen, returned. The manager said that a few hours earlier, three pairs of Ray Ban sunglasses, a pair of Coach sunglasses and a pair of D & G sunglasses, worth about $842, were stolen from the store at 258 Bobby Jones Expressway.
Thomas, who was in the store when the items were stolen, came back with her son. The manager said an employee walked past Thomas’ vehicle and saw a pair of the sunglasses in the back seat with the tags still on. The employee told the manager, who called 911.
A deputy discovered three other pairs of sunglasses in a driver’s door compartment and another stolen pair on Thomas’ person.
Man runs with Keno ticket
A clerk at an Evans convenience store said a man ran out of the store Monday without paying for a lottery ticket.
The clerk at Allen’s Country Store, 4277 Washington Road, said a man came into the store just after noon and asked for a $50 Keno ticket. The clerk gave the man the ticket, but he patted his pockets and said his wallet was in the car.
The man left the store with the ticket and drove away in a newer model white four-door vehicle with UGA flags on it.
Business owner said partner stole money
The owner of a Martinez business said his business partner is embezzling money.
The 34-year-old man said he is co-owner of a home remodeling company and said his partner is in charge of the company bank records. He didn’t see a need to check behind his partner until he saw some “red flags.”
The man said his partner ran into financial trouble and declared bankruptcy. He decided to take a closer look at the company books. He discovered numerous transactions to pay personal bills of his partner, which he said totaled $90,000, including mortgage payments, cell phone and utility bills.
The man said he checked with his business attorney about dividing the business, but said he wanted to prosecute for any thefts. He provided a large stack of financial documents to prove the transactions occured.
Model home vandalized
Someone broke into and vandalizes a model home in Evans.
A representative of PDH Builders called authorities Monday after discovering someone broke into a model home on Cavanaugh Lane at Church Hill Lane a few days before. The representative said on Sept. 20 that someone got into the home through a first-floor window and filled numerous decorative items with water and left trash in the residence.
A real estate agent notified the representative on Sept. 22 of more damage to the inside of the home. She went to the house on Monday and discovered someone drew a graphic image on the wall of an upstairs bedroom.
The real estate agent also found a downstairs window unlocked and slightly open. A cleaning staff had already cleaned the home, wiping away possible evidence before police were called.
Caller seeks bank info
A woman told deputies Wednesday that a stranger called asking for her bank information.
The 69-year-old Appling woman said she received a phone call at about 2 p.m. from a man asking for her bank account information. The call came from a blocked number. She said the caller asked several times for her routing number.
The woman provided the caller with no information and notified authorities.