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Police Blotter, April 16, 2014

Teens denied starting fire

Posted: April 16, 2014 - 12:19am

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

Teens denied starting fire

Two Martinez teenagers denied starting a fire that destroyed a shed behind a Martinez home Thursday.

A woman called 911 at about 2:30 p.m. after she said her 17-year-old son said the shed behind their Miramar Drive home was burning. The woman said there is no electricity to the shed and nothing inside it that was a fire hazard.

Her son said he saw a 15-year-old and 16-year-old he knows from school smoking and walking from the woodline behind the home. He said the teens stood in the driveway laughing and took photos of the shed as it burned. The woman’s son said the teens quickly walked away when firefighters arrived.

A deputy found the teens at one of the teen’s nearby residence. Both deny having anything to do with the fire, but had walked into the woodline to smoke marijuana. They also claim they saw the fire while walking home and took photos and video of it.

One of the teens became very irate, using profanity and raising his voice to deputies and his mother. The boy’s mother said her son has had multiple dealings with law enforcement and she doesn’t know how to change his behavior or attitude. She asked deputies to charge him with unruly juvenile.

The woman whose shed was burned did not prosecute.

Vandals damage park

A Columbia County employee told deputies Friday that an Appling park was recently vandalized for a second time.

The Facilities Services employee said he was at Lonnie Morris Sr. Park at 2511 Scotts Ferry Road on Friday morning and found numerous damaged items. He said he was at the park the previous day before to repair repairing items previously damaged previously.He said Friday that he found damaged including several items in a female restroom, a water fountain outside the bathroom and several electrical outlets.

The damages were estimated to be about $350.

Card stolen from house

A Martinez man told deputies Thursday that someone stole his debit card from his home that caught fire in early March.

The 43-year-old man said he got mail notification from his bank that his account was overdrawn. He contacted the bank and found numerous fraudulent charges totaling $114.72 at various Columbia County businesses. He believes his debit card was inside the home when it caught fire in early March.

Tractor trailer drained of gas

Someone drained a tractor trailer left at a gas station of its fuel.

A 45-year-old man called authorities early Friday stating someone siphoned off all the fuel from his 2001 Peterbilt tractor trailer at a TPS station in on Lewiston Road in Grovetown, while it was parked Thursday night.

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