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Police Blotter, June 1, 2014

Arsonists set fire in vacant home

Posted: May 31, 2014 - 11:04pm

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

Arsonists set fire in vacant home

The owners of a Martinez home were not living in the house Tuesday when someone set a fire inside.

Authorities responded to an alarm at a home on Pavilion Court at about 6 a.m. A deputy found a window on the back of the house broken and smelled smoke. Just inside the window, the deputy saw a stack of magazines smoldering on a table top.

Firefighters quickly extinguished the fire and determined that charcoal lighter fluid was used as an accelerant.

The owners said they are separated and not currently living in the house.

Lawyer’s e-mail is hacked

A local lawyer called authorities Wednesday stating that someone hacked her e-mail account and was contacting her clients soliciting money.

P.J. Campanaro said someone hacked into her Google account and changed her password. She said someone then used her work information to create a fake account through Yahoo.

She said she doesn’t have access to her em-mail account, but said no unauthorized e-mails had been sent from it. Someone did send multiple e-mails from the fake account posing as Campanaro attempting to solicit illicit money from her clients.

None of the attorney’s clients sent money to the person posing as Campanaro.

Motorist assaulted on interstate

A woman said Wednesday that someone hit her car with a baseball bat on Interstate 20.

The 20-year--old woman said she was driving east on I-20 between the Harlem and Grovetown exits at about 3 p.m. when she saw a blue truck with several men inside.

The woman said one of the men in the truck had a baseball bat and hit the right side of her car. The bat damaged the side of her car and destroyed the side mirror. The truck continued traveling east.

Cellphone thief tries to sell
it online

A woman told authorities Wednesday that she discovered someone trying to sell her stolen cellphone online.

The 35-year-old woman said she left her cellphone in a shopping cart on May 23. When she went back to retrieve it, the phone was gone.

The woman said she looked for cellphones for sale on www.craigslist.com and found one that matched her phone both in the description and photo.

A deputy called the number and a man answered and gave the deputy a name and birth date. The man said he bought the phone from a friend and had sold it through the Web site.

Ex hits woman with Bible

A woman called deputies Wednesday claiming her ex-boyfriend called her a demon and hit her with a Bible. The 46-year-old woman said she was driving her ex-boyfriend to a self-storage business on Davis Road. On the drive, the woman said they began arguing. She said he called her a demon and hit her in the mouth with a Bible. They arrived at the storage unit, then she left and called authorities. The ex said they never argued, he didn’t hit her and he didn’t know why she left him at the business.

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