False reports bring arrest
An Appling woman was arrested Wednesday and charged with falsely accusing two men of sexually assaulting her, authorities said.
Mindy Rickerson Readdy, 32, is charged with making a false report of a crime and making false statements.
At about 2 a.m. on Oct. 31, Readdy called authorities claiming her 19-year-old boyfriend put a knife to her throat and raped her in their bedroom. She said her boyfriend, Cody Carson, told her he’d get away with raping her because he is her boyfriend.
Carson was arrested for aggravated assault and spent two weeks in jail. He was cleared of the allegations and released Wednesday, according to Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris.
In April, Readdy told authorities that a friend physically forced her to perform oral sex on him while they watched a movie at her home. Her friend was never arrested.
Morris said both sex acts were consensual and that Readdy admitted she lied about them.
Readdy was being held in the Columbia County Detention Center Thursday on an $11,700 bond, according to jail records.
The following accounts were taken from Columbia County Sheriff’s Office incident reports:
Car stolen from apartment area
An Evans man called deputies Thursday to report someone had stolen his car.
The 37-year-old man said his car was stolen from the parking lot outside his Walden Glen apartment. The man said he started his car at about 6:45 a.m., so it would warm up before he left for work. When he came back outside about 10 minutes later, it was gone.
Inspector says homes entered
An inspector told authorities Tuesday that he thinks people have been inside three newly-constructed Grovetown-area houses.
The man said he was performing walk-through inspections of three new homes in Tudor Branch at 4022, 4024 and 4026 Stowe Drive on Tuesday afternoon. He last visited the houses on Nov. 8 and they were “spotless” inside.
During the recent inspections, the man said he found debris, dirt and an unknown substance on several countertops, stoves and ovens.
The last work crew in the home was a group of electricians in the previous weeks.
Teen charged for phone theft
An Augusta teen, already in police custody for gang-related activity, was recently charged with stealing a Walmart manager’s cell phone on Oct. 30.
The 25-year-old employee of the Evans store said she was stocking shelves at about 12:30 p.m. and left her phone sitting on a box unattended. When she returned to it a few minutes later, the $700 Apple iPhone 5 was gone.
The employee said she checked store surveillance footage and saw a man take the phone. She said the man left the store on Washington Road and got into a burgundy Ford Crown Victoria or a Mercury Grand Marquis.
Authorities identified the suspect, charged with theft, as a 15-year-old who was being held in the Regional Youth Detention Center after being sentenced for gang-related activity in Richmond County.