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Police Blotter, April 23, 2014

Brothers arrested for armed robbery

Posted: April 22, 2014 - 11:11pm

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

Brothers arrested for armed robbery

Two brothers were charged Friday for the armed robbery of a Martinez restaurant last week.

Kevin Mitchell Abrams, 27, of Augusta, and his brother, Edward E. Abrams Sr., 38, of Green Bay, Wis., were arrested in Coweta County, Ga., and were being transported to Columbia County on Monday, according to Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris.

The manager of the Takosushi at 2012 Town Park Lane said two masked men, later identified as the Abrams brothers, robbed the restaurant at gunpoint. He said the men came in at about 11:15 p.m. and demanded money from the cash drawer and the safe.

The manager said the brothers 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, deputies arrived.

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

Man tries to use counterfeit $10 to pay bill

A man said he got a counterfeit bill that he tried to use as payment during Masters Week.

The manager of the McDonald’s at 4478 Columbia Road in Martinez said the man tried to pay for food at the restaurant Thursday with a counterfeit $10 bill and other legitimate bills.

The man told deputies he didn’t know the bill was counterfeit. He said he worked outside the gate of The Masters selling badge holders and received a lot of cash. He suspects that’s where he got the counterfeit bill.

Man punched by road-raged motorist

A man told deputies Friday that an angry motorist had hit him.

The 24-year-old man said he pulled out from Farmington Road onto Hereford Farm Road at about 8:45 a.m. A man in a silver Mazda began tailgating him.

While waiting at the intersection of Hereford Farm at Columbia Road, the man said his tailgater approached his car screaming. He said the tailgater then punched him through the open car window, then left.

The man’s lip was cut and swollen.

Woman reports Toys R Us card number stolen, used

A Martinez woman told deputies Friday that someone stole and used the card number of her Toys R Us credit card.

The 35-year-old woman said she went to make a payment on her Toys R Us credit card and discovered the account was frozen because of a fraudulent charge. The woman said a man and woman bought three iPads and several gift cards totalling $1,948.75 on March 18 from a Toys R Us store in Chino Hills, Calif.

The woman called the store in California and spoke to an assistant manager, who said the couple used the card number, but had to provide her Social Security number and answer three security questions to proceed with the transaction. The woman cancelled the credit card.

Kayak theft reported

A Martinez woman called authorities Saturday stating she saw two men steal her kayak.

The 52-year-old woman said she saw two men take a kayak from her McCormick Road yard at about 5 p.m. The woman said she yelled at the men, who threw the kayak in the back of an older, faded blue truck and drive away toward Old Petersburg Road.

A deputy patrolled the area in search of the vehicle and suspects, but didn’t find them.

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