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Police Blotter, April 20, 2014

Robbers lock employees in freezer

Posted: April 20, 2014 - 12:12am

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

Robbers lock employees in freezer

Two men who robbed an Evans restaurant Monday night locked two employees in a walk-in freezer.

The manager of Takosushi at 1202 Town Park Lane, said two masked men robbed the store at gunpoint. He said the men came into the restaurant at about 11:15 p.m. and demanded money from the cash drawer and the safe.

The manager said the two men then forced him and a co-worker into the walk-in freezer. The employees locked the freezer from the inside.

Two witnesses told deputies they saw two men walking in the area. One got into a car and left. After he left, then deputies arrived.

A deputy used a sheriff’s office dog to track the robbers, but were unable to find them.

Men dressed as women stole televisions

A Walmart employee called authorities Monday claiming that two men dressed as women stole television from the store in Martinez.

The employee at the store at 260 Bobby Jones Expressway said he was following up on an April 11 shoplifting by reviewing video surveillance footage. The video showed men dressed as women come into the store at about 2:15 a.m., grab a shopping cart and select two flat-screen televisions from the shelf. The men then pushed the cart out of the store.

The deputy also reviewed the video and saw the men arrive in a small red four-door car and steal the televisions. When they walked out of the store, the same small red car drove up to the men. They loaded the televisions into the car, got in and drove away toward Rose Lane.

Teen used in CraigsList scam

A Columbia County teen told deputies Tuesday that someone wanting to buy his for-sale items online scammed him.

The 18-year-old said he had a set of headphones for sale for $100 on www.craigslist.com. on April 4, he was contacted by a woman who wanted to pay $150 for the headphones if he would help her cash a check. The teen agreed and the woman sent him a $1,510 check with instructions to cash it and send her the remaining $1,360. Per her request, the teen said he went to Walmart and purchased two different cash cards and texted the woman the codes for the cards. The teen said the numbers can be used as money online or in a Walmart store.

A few days later, the teen said the woman again asked the teen to help her cash a check. She sent him a $1,510 check with instructions to send the money to someone in North Carolina. The teen became suspicious because the check looked different, so he confirmed with his bank that the check was fraudulent and he was the target of a scam. The bank was reimbursed $1,465 for the first fraudulent check from the teen’s and his mother’s bank account.

Cat litter used to vandalize woman’s yard

A Grovetown woman called authorities Wednesday stating she suspects neighbors of dumping used cat litter on her property.

The 45-year-old woman said that she discovered that someone dumped two plastic bags of used cat litter in some bushes in her front yard. The woman said it’s happened twice before, but it’s only the second time she called police.

The woman said she suspects her neighbor is dumping the cat litter in her yard to upset her.

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