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Police Blotter, Jan. 12, 2014

Color of card tips off teller to forgery

Posted: January 12, 2014 - 12:07am
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The following accounts were taken from Columbia County Sheriff’s Office incident reports:

Color of card tips off teller
to forgery

The color of a check card gave away an Augusta woman trying to cash a forged check on Monday, police officers report.

A teller at First Bank of Georgia in Martinez said a woman tried to cash a $1,000 check at the bank on Furys Ferry Road. The woman, later identified as Daniella Lauren Caramb, 27, presented a North Carolina driver’s license and a check card.

The teller noticed the red check card should have been blue. She contacted authorities and tried to stall Caramb.

Caramb left the bank and sped out of the parking lot in a rented Dodge Charger. She left the check, check card and driver’s license at the bank.

A deputy saw the Charger nearby, stopped it and arrested Caramb, of Milledgeville Road, and Tevin Jameel Marion,19, of B Street in Augusta.

Caramb was charged with financial identity fraud, fleeing and attempting to elude, passing in a no-passing zone, reckless driving and driving without a license. She was being held in the Columbia County Detention Center on Thursday on a $12,100 bond, according to jail records.

Marion was charged with fourth degree forgery and financial identity fraud. He was released Wednesday after posting a $7,700 bond, according to jailers.

Wallet lost in Hawaii costly for vacationer

A Martinez man called authorities Tuesday after realizing someone used the credit cards he lost while on vacation in Hawaii.

The 22-year-old man said he recently traveled to Hawaii, where he lost his wallet. He filed a report with Hawaiian authorities.

After returning home at the beginning of the year, the man said someone had been using his identity to create credit card accounts. But none of the attempts were successful.

The thief also spent $3,515 on the man’s debit and credit cards.

Patio furniture stolen from restaurant

Employees of a Martinez bar and grill told deputies that someone stole outdoor furniture from the patio.

An employee of the Sidetrack Bar and Grill at 4029 Washington Road said Wednesday that someone stole $500 worth of patio furniture from the bar and grill’s outdoor patio overnight.

Vandals leave graffiti around pool house

The president of a Martinez homeowners association said Tuesday that someone vandalized the community pool house.

The president of the Watervale HOA said that she discovered that someone spray-painted graffiti on the side of a building next to the pool on Stevens Creek Road.

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