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Police Blotter, March 12, 2014

Woman steals car, then asks for paperwork

Posted: March 12, 2014 - 12:08am
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Valerie Rowell
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The following accounts were taken from Columbia County Sheriff’s Office incident reports:

Woman steals car, then asks for paperwork

A manager at a Martinez used car lot called police Friday after a woman who stole a car on a test drive threatened employees and demanded the vehicle’s paperwork.

The finance manager at Belair Auto Sales at 114 S. Belair Road said that a 19-year-old Augusta woman test drove a 2004 gold Suzuki Forenza on Feb. 27 and didn’t return it.

On March 1, the manager said the woman returned to the dealership with four men. She walked around inside the business yelling at employees and stating she wouldn’t be returning the car and demanding the paperwork for it. The manager told the woman she wouldn’t get the paperwork because she hadn’t purchased the car. The woman and the men left.

Since then, the manager said, the woman has called the dealership several times threatening her and reiterating that she won’t return the car.

Man confesses to raping girl

A Harlem man recently turned himself in to authorities claiming that he raped a young girl.

Trevor Lamont Barnes, 40, of G.R. Tucker Road, called police at about noon on March 5 wanting to turn himself in for having sexual relations with a child. When a deputy knocked on his front door, Barnes answered and immediately stated, “I had sex with her. I knew she was 12 and I need to go to jail.” He asked the deputy if he could put on some underwear. The deputy followed him to the bedroom, where he put on underwear. The deputy smelled alcohol on Barnes, who said he’d been drinking a lot.

Barnes said he was ready to go and put his hands behind his back to be handcuffed. When the deputy asked Barnes to tell him why he called for police, he again said he’d had sex with a 12-year-old.

Though he smelled of beer, the deputy noted that Barnes did not appear impaired and walked and spoke fine.

The deputy told Barnes to sit on the front porch, which he did. Barnes then told the deputy: “It was wrong. If I had known someone who did this, I would call the police on them.”

When asked where the victim was, Barnes said she was in the shower, but he’d told her to get out per instructions from the 911 dispatcher. Barnes sat on the porch and continued to mumble how wrong he was for having sex with her.

The deputy said the 12-year-old girl was visibly shaken and crying hysterically. Once she calmed down, the deputy asked her to sit in the living room, but she initially refused, standing with her face into the corner of the room.

Her mother repeatedly asked what happened and the girl’s only response was to cry.

Eventually, the girl called another family member and told her the details of the incident. The relative told the deputy that the girl said Barnes came into her room, forced her on the bed and raped her.

Barnes was charged with rape, child molestation and aggravated child molestation.

He’s being held in the Columbia County Detention Center without bond, according to jail records.

Women wanted for stealing medication

A manager of the Martinez Bi-Lo store called authorities Saturday after discovering that two women stole a large amount of medications.

The manager of the store at 500 Furys Ferry Road said an employee told him that two women shoplifted from the store. He wasn’t able to call police before they left the store, but did watch video surveillance footage of the incident.

He said the two women came into the store at about 10 p.m. and filled a shopping cart with canned drinks, snacks and toilet paper. The women put the items around the edges of the cart, covering the sides and leaving the middle open.

The women then went to the health care department and grabbed entire rows of certain medicines and put them in the middle of the cart where they covered it with the package of toilet paper. They went to a different part of the store and put the medication in their purses. The women left the cart filled with the groceries in an aisle as they walked out the door with their purses filled with the stolen medicines.

An employee said she saw the women leave in a white Jeep Cherokee with the woman with the brown purse driving.

The employee said the same woman came into the store the previous week and did the same thing. On both occasions, the woman tried to cover her face as she walked in the front door. A deputy ran the tag number of the Jeep obtained by the employee, but it didn’t match the vehicle the employee described.

The deputy also reviewed the store video surveillance footage, which showed the women walking in with flat, empty-looking purses and leaving with thick, full-looking purses. He saw several empty areas on the shelves where the packages of medicine should have been.

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