The following accounts were taken from Columbia County Sheriff’s Office incident reports:
Burglar busted septic tank
An Appling woman said whoever recently broke into her home also got her vehicle stuck in the mud and broke her septic tank.
The 61-year-old woman said she and her husband returned home on Friday after several days away and found the back door open. She also noticed her Chevrolet K5 Blazer was covered in mud. The vehicle was clean and the house was locked when the couple left several days prior.
There was a tow strap attached to the front of the vehicle and damage to the ground near a storage shed where it appears the vehicle was stuck in the mud. The woman said she looked around and discovered the septic tank in the area of the damage was leaking. It appears whoever tried to move the vehicle drove over the septic tank line causing the contents to saturate the ground.
The woman said the vehicle was left unlocked with the keys inside in the yard. The water hose in the backyard also was on when the couple returned. There were tire tracks leading up to the house and it appears someone used the hose to clean mud off their vehicle.
The couple said the burglar also stole a case of beer from the refrigerator inside the house.
Deputies found a receipt on the ground near the damage and a footprint in the mud that didn’t belong to the couple.
Woman finds burglar in home
A Grovetown woman called authorities Sunday after finding a stranger inside her home.
The 45-year-old woman said she returned to her home at about 11:45 a.m. and found a man standing in her living room. She confronted the stranger and said he casually left through the back door and jumped a fence leading to the backyard of a neighbor.
The door was locked, but the woman said she kept a key in an outside storage room. The woman said she found a key on the ground near the fence where the stranger went over it. She didn’t know if anything was missing.
Hotel guest steals television
An Augusta hotel manager told police Sunday that he saw a guest steal a television from a hotel room.
The manager said that guests checked out of a room. After checking out, the manager said he saw the couple enter another hotel room at about noon and leave with a television. The manager said he attempted to stop them, but they loaded the television in a blue Volkswagon Jetta and left.
The manager said he could not provide deputies with the name and date of birth of the woman.
Car battery stolen
An Evans man told deputies Thursday that someone stole his car battery.
The 42-year-old man said he parked his car in the driveway of his home on March 15. When he tried to start the car at about 9 a.m. Thursday, it didn’t work. He then discovered the battery was missing.
The car was locked the entire time it was left unattended in the driveway.