The following accounts were taken from Columbia County Sheriff’s Office incident reports:
Burglar explored house, used bed
A Martinez man called authorities Monday after returning from a trip to discover that someone had rifled through his home and laid in his bed.
The 56-year-old man said he and his wife returned from a trip to Virginia and noticed their television was moved.
As they went through the home, the man said they found French doors in the kitchen unlocked and windows in an upstairs and a downstairs bedroom were open.
A medicine cabinet from upstairs was in the kitchen and had been rifled through.
Several letters and cards were opened and left in the living room. The man said it appeared that someone laid in his bed.
Two screws holding the crawl space door were removed.
Nothing appeared to be missing except for two sets of pliers.
A deputy found no signs of forced entry into the home. Money, electronics, tools, appliances and other valuables had not been touched and the home wasn’t ransacked.
Man’s retirement account hacked
A Martinez man said Monday that someone hacked into and stole money from his retirement account.
The 36-year-old man said he received a call from the company that manages his retirement account about money being transferred from it. The company representative told the man that $72,400 was transferred to a bank account opened on Feb. 24 without his knowledge.
The man said he closed all of the involved accounts. He’s not sure if money had been withdrawn from the bank account and is waiting on a response from bank investigators.
Drunk friend breaks window
An Evans man said Wednesday that he won’t press charges against a friend he said broke the front window of his home while intoxicated.
The 26-year-old man said he and a friend went to his house at about 2 a.m. Both men were intoxicated and went to sleep.
The man said he woke at about 4:30 a.m. to the sound of breaking glass. He found his friend on the front porch, near the broken front window, with cuts on his left arm and hand. Numerous items were broken throughout the house.
The man’s friend admitted to police that he broke the window, but said he doesn’t remember damaging other items. He said there was no one else at the house and he must have broken the stuff.
The man said he didn’t want to prosecute his friend, who agreed to pay for the damages.
Crew illegally cut woman’s tree
An Evans woman said an unauthorized tree crew cut a tree in her yard on Wednesday.
The 55-year-old woman said she saw two men cutting down a tree in front of her home between 1 and 2 p.m.
When she confronted the men, she said they said it was county business and could not talk to her about it.
The men then drove away in a white truck with a tree service company’s name written on the side.
The woman said she talked to a Columbia County Emergency and Operations Division employee who said the company was not contracted by the county to perform work.