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Police Blotter, Nov. 6, 2013

Vehicles sabotaged

Posted: November 6, 2013 - 1:07am

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

Vehicles sabotaged

Three men told deputies Friday that someone maliciously damaged their vehicles.

An Appling man and business owner said he and his wife experienced several unusual incidents in the previous two weeks. The 27-year-old man said a rarely driven GTO, which sits in his yard, began leaking coolant under a new radiator hose on Oct. 18. A few days later, the man said he found three small mice, that appear to be store-bought, inside his wife’s vehicle.

On Thursday, the man said he was driving his work truck home and the right front wheel began making a loud noise and he had to drive slow. As he pulled into his driveway, the man said the wheel locked up. He removed the tire and discovered that a bolt was missing from the mechanism that holds the caliper on. That bolt requires significant torque and a tool to remove.

While the deputy was talking to the man, he received a call from one of his employees. The employee said as he was leaving the Columbia County Fair, a wheel fell off of his truck. The lug nuts were loosened and the employee said when he went to look for his tools to fix it, the tools were missing.

The man said he doesn’t know anyone who has a conflict with him or his employees. The man also said that he and his wife have found the front and back doors of their home opened and items rearranged. The house has a security system that requires a keypad access code.

Another man said Friday that his vehicle also was sabotaged at the fairgrounds. As he left the fairgrounds at about 10 p.m., the 20-year-old man said he heard a strange noise coming from the back driver’s wheel and his truck was steering erratically.

He stopped and discovered that someone removed four lug nuts and loosed a fifth. Whoever did it replaced the center cap covering the missing and loose lug nuts.

The man said his tools also were missing from inside the truck glove box. He drove slowly back to his home and called authorities.

Man sees thief

A Harlem man called authorities Saturday after he said he saw a man steal his trailer and ATV.

The 66-year-old man said he was at home at about 5 a.m. when he heard a noise outside. When he went to investigate, the man said he saw a man trying to hook up his trailer, loaded with an ATV, to a truck. He yelled at the would-be thief, who took off with the trailer.

A deputy found the trailer, with the ATV still on it, in a ditch about 50 yards from the man’s house. It appears that in the thief’s attempt to get away, he didn’t properly connect the trailer, which fell off and slid into the ditch.

Police looking for pharmacy burglar

Authorities were looking Sunday for a burglar inside an Evans pharmacy.

Deputies responded to a commercial alarm at CVS on Hereford Farm Road at about 10:45 p.m. The alarm company told authorities that there was a burglary in progress with a man inside the pharmacy.

A deputy found the drive-thru window had been forced open by a large cinder block that was on the ground. Other deputies and a canine unit set up a perimeter, but were unable to locate the burglar.

While reviewing the store surveillance video footage, authorities saw a white man wearing light-colored pants and a white and black hooded sweatshirt and black gloves enter the pharmacy. He walked around, then left headed toward Home Depot. A store manager was unable to determine if anything was stolen.

Identity theft
prevents car rental

A Columbia County man called authorities after an identity thief prevented him from renting a car out of town.

The 76-year-old man said he was recently in Boston and tried to rent a car from Enterprise. A company representative said the company couldn’t rent the man a car because someone named Joseph Owens had the same Georgia drivers license number and home address and did not have the required credit to rent a car.

The man said he remembers losing his drivers license for a few hours in July. He was notified by a Georgia Bank and Trust employee the license was found in the bank parking lot on Ronald Reagan Drive. A deputy ran the man’s license and nothing alarming was found.

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