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Police Blotter, May 18, 2014

Missing woman found in Evans

Posted: May 18, 2014 - 12:16am

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

Missing woman found in Evans

A woman reported missing from Emanuel County was found Monday in an Evans business parking lot.

Someone called authorities at about 11 p.m. about a woman sitting alone in the parking lot of Home Depot at 516 N. Belair Road. A deputy questioned the woman and found her to be very delusional. He called emergency medical personnel for a mental evaluation.

The 73-year-old woman was able to provide authorities with her home address in Emanuel County. Deputies contacted the Emanuel County Sheriff’s Office and learned they’d been looking for the woman.

She was taken to the Georgia Regents Medical Center for further evaluation. Emanuel County authorities said they would pick the woman up from the hospital.

Craig’sList handyman forged check

An Evans man called deputies Tuesday after discovering a handyman he hired from an online site forged a payment check. The 67-year-old man said he hired a man off www.craigslist.com to perform some air conditioning work at his home on May 9. The handyman performed the repairs and accepted a $100 check from the man.

The man said he checked his bank account and discovered a $400 check cleared his bank account. He contacted the bank and was provided a copy of the check, which had been altered from $100 to $400. The check was endorsed with two signatures. The man provided the name and two phone numbers for the man he hired to do the air conditioning work.

Woman didn’t fall for scam

An Evans woman told deputies Wednesday that she recognized a suspicious call as a scam.

The 72-year-old woman said she received a call Tuesday morning from a man who identified himself as Steven Jones. The caller said the woman was eligible for a $10,000 educational grant that she didn’t have to repay. The caller then gave the woman instructions to purchase a $150 government voucher from Walmart and call him back for instructions on how to send him the money via Western Union.

The woman said she knew it was a scam and never followed through on the caller’s instructions. She received several more calls from the caller’s original and another phone number.

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