The following accounts were taken from Columbia County Sheriff’s Office incident reports:
Landlord suspected in burglary, theft
A Martinez man said Monday he suspects his landlord burglarized his home.
The 27-year-old man said he left his rented condo on Oct. 18 and returned home the following evening and discovered homemade eviction papers inside his front entry. A copy of the lease agreement was missing from an envelope inside a kitchen drawer. The man said $1,000 in cash was missing from a dresser drawer in his bedroom.
Because there were no signs of forced entry, and because of the eviction papers, the man said he believes his landlord or one of her employees is responsible.
Shoplifter leaves in store’s handicap cart
The manager of a Martinez grocery store called authorities Monday to report a shoplifter left in one of the store’s motorized handicap carts.
The manager of the Publix at 408 Furys Ferry Road said that on Oct. 18, a woman came into the store using one of the store’s power carts. The woman went to the customer service desk and asked for a carton of cigarettes.
With the cigarettes in her cart, the woman continued shopping. She selected a box of hair color and some produce that she put into a green Publix shopping bag. The manager said the women then left without paying for the items.
Road rage leads to argument, death threat
A man said a road rage incident on a Martinez road led to another threatening to kill him and his family.
The 30-year-old man said he was driving on South Belair Road at about 7:30 p.m. Monday when a white Chevrolet truck pulled out in front of him. The man said he honked his horn to warn the other driver. The two motorists pulled up next to each other at a traffic light on South Belair Road at Columbia Road.
The man said the other driver yelled profanity at him. He then got out and told the man that he’d kill him and his family. The other driver got back into his truck and drove away while yelling, “Yeah, I’m gonna kill you and your family.” The man said he took his wife and children home before reporting the incident.
A deputy contacted the other driver, who said he was entering the center through lane from the center turn lane when a man in a Toyota Corolla rapidly approached honking his horn. The driver said when he and the man pulled up to the stop light, he asked the man if he had a problem. The two exchanged words and profanities, but the driver denies threatening the man and his family.
Burglar rearranges home
A mother and daughter told deputies Monday that someone broke into and rearranged their home.
The 46-year-old woman said she and her 17-year-old daughter left their Martinez home the previous evening and returned home at about 7:40 p.m. Monday. The woman said it appeared that someone had rearranged the house and had stolen several items including $550 worth of clothing, a picture frame and a zipper bag.
The woman’s daughter said it looked like someone had been inside her bedroom and bathroom.
The burglar left behind a pink Polo jacket.