The following accounts were taken from Columbia County Sheriff’s Office incident reports:
Harlem woman calls in report
A Harlem woman called authorities Thursday and said the father of her children stole money and trashed her home.
The 33-year-old woman said she left her children at her home with their father while she went to work. She returned early in the day and discovered he had stolen money from the piggy bank belonging to their 14-month-old daughter. The woman said she took the baby back to work with her.
When she returned again, the woman said she found shoes were in a tub full of water, clothing was thrown around, a chest of drawers was emptied and someone had urinated on the bed.
The woman said a gold necklace, family pictures and a digital camera were missing.
Drugs, theft charges filed
A Martinez man was arrested early Friday morning after drugs and stolen items were found inside his truck.
Joseph Schley Ricketson, 29, of Red Leaf Way, was charged with theft by taking, possession of a Schedule IV drug and two counts of possession of a controlled substance.
A deputy saw Ricketson’s black Ford F-150 pulled over on the side of Washington Road near Kroger in Evans with the hazard lights on just before 2 a.m. The deputy stopped to assist and talked to Ricketson, who said he’d pulled over because a piece of wood was coming out of the bed of the truck as he was driving.
While checking the truck’s VIN, the deputy saw a pill bottle containing marijuana on the front seat. While searching the truck, the deputy also found a pill bottle containing Klonopin and a white powdery substance. He also found several tools and a digital camera.
In the bed of the truck, the deputy found two round tables, a swivel chair, a safe and a television. The deputy contacted an investigator regarding a recent burglary. The investigator arrived and said the tables belonged to an Evans restaurant and event facility. The owner came to the scene and confirmed the tables belonged to the business.
Ricketson was being held in the Columbia County Detention Center Monday on a $17,000 bond, according to jail records.
Woman doesn’t pay for styling
An employee of a Martinez hair salon called authorities Thursday when a customer couldn’t pay for hair treatments.
The hair stylist at Smart Styles Salon in the Wal-Mart at 260 Bobby Jones Expressway said a woman came into the salon at about 7 p.m. and had her hair colored and styled. When it was finished, the woman told the stylist that she needed to go return some items to get cash to pay for the services.
The stylist said the woman never returned to pay the $65.
Man is bilked
in online deal
An Evans man told deputies Saturday that he was duped by someone trying to buy an item he had for sale online.
The 33-year-old man said he had a sofa for sale on www.craigslist.com. He received a $350 offer on the sofa. The man said the buyer sent him a check for $2,000 with instructions for the man to cash the check, keep $400 for the sofa and send the rest via Western Union to another man who was supposed to arrange for shipping the sofa to the buyer.
The man said he did as instructed, then discovered the buyer’s check was no good. The buyer or the man he sent the money to stopped responding to phone calls and e-mails.