The following accounts were taken from Columbia County Sheriff’s Office incident reports:
Woman victim of lottery scam
A Martinez woman called authorities Monday claiming she’d been scammed into thinking she was a clearing house winner.
The 23-year-old woman said she got a call at about 12:45 p.m. from a man who identified himself as Robert Ford with Publishers Clearing House. The caller said the woman had won $125,000 and needed to pay the taxes and government fees so he could process her winnings.
The woman said the caller told her to get a Green Dot cash card from a local Wal-Mart for $1,600 and give him the card number. The woman got three cards for $700, $480 and $420. When she gave the caller the card numbers, he said he could process the woman’s winnings.
The woman contacted Publishers Clearing House and discovered she was not a winner and had been tricked. She was able to stop payment on the $420 cash card, but the other two cards had already been cashed out.
Someone broke into and robbed the Takosushi restaurant Tuesday.
Deputies responded to an alarm at the business on Town Park Lane just before 3 a.m. They found the main entrance open and signs someone forced it open. They also found an open cash register behind the bar and that an office door in the kitchen also had been forced open.
The restaurant manager said $665 in cash was missing from the open register behind the bar. Also stolen was a small safe containing some tools, $135 in bills and change, several signed blank checks and security cards for the computer system.
Man attacked and robbed
A Dearing man called authorities Tuesday evening after he said he was attacked and robbed.
The 21-year-old said he, an Augusta 19-year-old and a Dearing 20-year-old were in a vehicle near Crenshaw Drive at about 6:15 p.m. when they were confronted by four or five men.
The man said one of the men punched him in the face and he lost consciousness. While he was out, the men stole his wallet.
The 19-year-old passenger said he and the other two were looking for firewood when they were confronted by the group of men, one of whom was armed with a shovel. The teen said he was able to take the shovel. One of the group, a man the teen recognized, punched his friend in the face.
The group then left in a white truck that was pulling a landscape business trailer.
The third man said he was asleep in the car and didn’t see any of the assault.
Burglar steals food
An Appling woman said Tuesday that someone stole chicken wings out of her freezer.
The 81-year-old woman said that between the evenings of Nov. 1 and Nov. 2, someone came into her home, though there was no evidence of forced entry. The woman said $20 worth of chicken wings were missing from her freezer.