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Police Blotter, April 6, 2014

Kayaks damaged, stolen

Posted: April 5, 2014 - 11:06pm

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

Kayaks damaged, stolen

An owner of a Martinez kayak rental business called authorities Thursday after discovering a rented kayak was damaged and another stolen from the kayak storage area.

The owner of Savannah River Kayak Rental said a customer who rented a kayak said it kept filling up with water while kayaking. She found three puncture holes, each about 2 inches long, that go all the way through the kayak.

The kayak was in good condition Tuesday, when it was stored on a trailer in a friend and neighbor’s yard in Martinez.

While deputies were on the scene, the owner said she also wanted to report that a kayak was stolen from the same trailer in the same yard in early January. The kayaks are stored in the yard when not in use.

Woman steals moisturizer from store

The manager of an Evans grocery store called deputies Tuesday after realizing a woman shoplifted a large amount of face moisturizer.

The manager of the Publix at 5119 Washington Road said a man and woman came into the store at about 6 p.m. The couple acted suspiciously and left a cart with items in it in an aisle near the door and left without buying anything.

The manager said the couple had gone down the personal care aisle before leaving, so she checked and found 23 bottles of Oil of Olay skin lotion, worth $570.17, missing. The manager didn’t find any empty packages, but did say some items nearby were out of place.

A deputy reviewed the store surveillance video footage and saw the black man wearing dark jeans, a tan shirt and black baseball cap and a black woman wearing blue jeans and a pink or orange shirt.

Woman’s home vandalized

A Martinez woman called authorities Monday after discovering that someone damaged her home.

The 30-year-old woman said that when she arrived home, she discovered that someone tried to get into her home overnight. The front door frame was damaged as if someone tried to kick it in. A screen on the front window was taken off.

The woman said as she walked around the house, she saw a solar light in front of the home damaged. She also found a vulgar word carved into the side of her mailbox.

Man reports damaged equipment

A man told deputies Monday that someone damaged his lawn equipment.

The 63-year-old man said between 5 p.m. on March 28 and 8 a.m. Monday, someone poured what appeared to be fertilizer into the gas tanks of a $200 Toro lawnmower and a $500 Kubota tractor. The equipment was left unattended for the weekend at a Martinez home.

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