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Police Blotter, Dec. 1, 2013

Woman gets extortion texts

Posted: December 1, 2013 - 12:06am

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

Woman gets extortion texts

An Evans woman told deputies Monday that someone tried to extort her by saying they’d been hired to kill her.

The 33-year-old woman said she received a text message from someone who claimed they’d been hired to killer her. The sender of the message wrote that the woman would be spared in exchange for $5,000.

The woman was warned not to go to authorities and was being monitored.

The message included an Internet address, alpha-lee@live.com.

Woman says check is forged

An Evans woman called authorities Monday, stating that a cable repairman forged a check and wrote it to himself.

The 55-year-old woman said she contacted her cable company on Nov. 11 to repair Internet services at her home. A technician arrived and attempted to repair the system. When he was finished, the woman wrote a $100 check to the cable company and gave it to the technician.

The check was cashed on Nov. 18. A copy of the check shows that the technician scratched out the company’s name on the check and wrote in his own with the word TIP in the memo line.

The woman said she never wrote a check to the technician, didn’t write anything on the memo line and the signature on the check wasn’t hers.

Cigars stolen from store

The owner of an Evans liquor store said Monday that he believes a regular customer has been stealing cigars from his store.

The owner of Spirits Liquor at 4435 Washington Road said that recent inventories revealed that several cigars were missing from the store humidor including five Ashton Classic, a Monte Cristo and three Macanudo cigars. The cigars are worth about $89.

The owner said he reviewed store surveillance video footage and identified a regular customer, whose name he doesn’t know, stealing the cigars. Employees also watched the video and said they’d call authorities if the customer returns.

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