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Police Blotter, Feb. 19, 2014

Burglar steals from woman's damaged home

Posted: February 19, 2014 - 1:04am

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

Burglar steals from woman’s damaged home

An Evans woman said Thursday that someone burglarized the home firefighters had to remove her from the previous night.

The woman said a tree fell on her house Wednesday evening. Firefighters had to break into the home to rescue the woman. The woman said she left at about 8 p.m.

When she returned to the house Thursday afternoon, the woman said several items, including a propane tank, had been taken and someone left a hammer and tire iron on her kitchen table.

A neighbor told deputies that he saw two men walking in the direction of the woman’s home. He said a few minutes later, he saw the men walking away from the home carrying a propane tank.

The woman said the propane tank was missing from her grill.

Firefighter’s home entered by burglars

A Columbia County Fire Rescue firefighter called deputies to his home Thursday after discovering it had been burglarized while he worked.

The firefighter said someone opened the back sliding glass door, which was locked and barred with a metal pole, between 7 a.m. Feb. 11 and 5 p.m. Thursday. The firefighter found his home ransacked. He also found a locked bedroom window left open.

Several guns and electronics were missing from the home. The burglar also drank a canned beverage from the refrigerator and left the can in the office.

Collectible baseballs taken from home

A Harlem man called police Thursday after he discovered someone stole valuable collectible baseballs from his home Thursday afternoon.

The 47-year-old man said that between 12:30 and 4:30 p.m., someone came into his home and stole 12 baseballs signed by Mickey Mantle. The burglar also stole $11,000 in cash, a 1984 Harlem High School ring, a wedding band and an Apple iPad.

There were no signs of forced entry into the home.

Home rental ad was a scam

A woman told authorities Friday that a home rental ad she responded to was a scam.

The woman said she responded to an ad on www.craigslist.com for a home for rent on River Island Parkway. The owner of the home, as listed in the ad, lives in California. The woman said she deposited $2,800 into a Bank of America account to reserve the home.

After not hearing from the homeowner for a while, the woman said she looked up the home and discovered it was owned by a different man. She called the owner, who said his home was not for rent and she was likely being scammed.

Upset motorist pulls gun on another driver

A Columbia County man called deputies Thursday after he said a fellow motorist pointed a gun at him.

The 64-year-old man said he pulled out onto Belair Road from the Home Depot parking lot just before 8 p.m. He said the driver of a silver sport utility vehicle started honking the horn. The man said he turned west onto Washington Road and the other driver followed him.

The man said the other driver pulled up next to his vehicle at the light on Washington Road at Evans Towne Center Boulevard and pointed a gun a him. The other driver also threatened to kill the man, then drove away.

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