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Police Blotter, May 11, 2014

Martinez apartments shot in drive-by

Posted: May 11, 2014 - 12:13am

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

Martinez apartments shot in drive-by

A Martinez man called authorities Friday evening stating that someone shot his apartment building in a drive-by.

Multiple residents of apartments on New Petersburg Drive told deputies that someone fired numerous gunshots in front of building 217 at about 8 p.m. They also said a gold Chrysler sedan and a black passenger car leave the area shortly after hearing the shorts.

A 23-year-old man said he was on the porch of his apartment and saw a man, with whom he’d had a previous altercation, drive by. He believes the shots were fired at his home in retaliation for the altercation. The man refused to provide the name of the person he believes is the shooter and implied that he would seek retribution on his own.

Deputies determined no one was injured, but found numerous shell casings on the ground in front of building 217. An apartment in building 219 had damage to the awning and front door from multiple bullets. The apartment is directly below where the man said he was standing when the shooting occurred.

After talking to numerous witness, deputies determined that lots of people were outside of their homes at the time of the shooting including a child playing nearby.

High volume of Rivershyre car break-ins

Someone broke into the vehicles of at least four residents of an Evans subdivision early Thursday.

Two Rivershyre residents on Hartford Trail and Parkside Trail called deputies early Thursday stating that someone broke into their cars overnight.

One man said someone stole items from his unlocked vehicle parked in his driveway. Another said someone shattered the passenger side window to steal items from inside.

Cashier tricked into giving too much change

The cashier at a Martinez Walgreens store said a customer tricked her into giving him too much change on Friday.

The manager of the store at 3900 Washington Road said the cashier told him she was tricked. The cashier said at about 4:45 p.m., a man came to her register and used a $50 to pay for a $1.04 purchase. As she handed the customer his change, the cashier said he then asked for the $50 bill back and tried to exchange it for different bills. The confused cashier said money exchangedmultiple times.

The cashier said she was still confused about the transaction so she asked a manager to count her drawer, which came up $140 short.

The manager provided deputies with a copy of the store video surveillance footage of the transaction.

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