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Harlem High fields damaged

Posted: June 4, 2014 - 12:00am  |  Updated: June 4, 2014 - 1:59am
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The following accounts were taken from Columbia County Sheriff’s Office incident reports:

 

Harlem High fields damaged

Columbia County authorities were looking Monday for the driver of a truck that damaged the fields at Harlem High School last week.

The video surveillance system at the school on Appling-Harlem Highway caught images of a dark-colored Dodge Ram that drove on the softball and practice football fields just after 2 a.m. on May 23.

It appears the truck driver did doughnuts on the fields, causing an estimated $1,150 in damages.

The video shows the driver and two passengers inside the truck.

Anyone who knows the identity of the truck driver should call the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office at (706) 541-2800.

 

Glasses stolen from store

Police were trying Monday to identify a man they say stole eyeglasses from a Martinez store in mid-May.

The manager of 1 Hour Optical on Bobby Jones Expressway called authorities on May 21 to report someone stole items including a $191 pair of eyeglass frames on May 16. The manager said employees initially thought the incident was a miscalculation in inventory until store surveillance video footage showed a man select the frames and leave the store with them at about 12:40 p.m.

The total dollar amount of the items stolen was $2,100.

Anyone with information about the man’s identity should call the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office at (706) 541-2800.

Appling park damaged again

Someone damaged facilities at an Appling park early Thursday.

Lonnie Morris Park on Scotts Ferry Road was vandalized, as it has been several times in recent months.

The vandals tore a water fountain from the outside wall of the bathroom, stole a womens’ bathroom sign, broke the fluorescent light in the men’s bathroom and broke the cover off a gray conduit box attached to the bathroom wall. The vandals also broke two receptacle covers at the pavilion and set a plastic barrel on fire.

 

Woman trying to return lost dog is threatened

A Grovetown woman said she was threatened while trying to return a lost dog.

The 53-year-old woman said she found a small dog in her yard on May 27. It was beginning to storm and the woman didn’t know where the dog came from.

So she took it in and put an ad on www.craigslist.com and put up several posters in attempts to locate the dog’s owner. The woman then lost the dog because it ran away.

The woman said she got a call just before midnight on May 28 from a woman who threatened her and hung up. The woman contacted the threatening caller on Thursday and she demanded to have the woman’s address.

The woman said the caller cursed at her and threatened to come to her house and get her and her daughters.

 

Two cellphones stolen at Martinez store

An employee of a Martinez cellphone store called authorities Friday after a “shopper” ran out with two phones.

The employee of Metro PCS on Bobby Jones Expressway said that at about 5:45 p.m., two men came into the store and looked at cellphones, then left.

One of the men came back into the store and asked to compare two cellphones. The employee said he handed the two phones to the man, who then ran out of the store with them.

 

Thief takes tip jar

The manager of a Martinez pet grooming business told deputies Saturday that someone stole the tip jar from the front counter.

The manager of Mary’s Grooming Station on Roberts Road said a man came in at about 3:30 p.m. and asked to speak to the owner. The manager said she went to a back room to notify the manager and left the man in the reception area alone.

The man grabbed the tip jar on the counter and rushed out the door. The manager said the man, wearing a blue shirt with black stripes and gray sweatpants, left in a gold Chrysler PT Cruiser.

 

Man says daughter, partner stole money

A Harlem man said his daughter and business partner stole more than $60,000 from their business.

The 61-year-old man said he went into business with his daughter in 2009 and she did not allow him to have access to the financial records.

The man said when he received the bank statements, he discovered that his daughter had been taking money from the business account for personal use.

The man said his daughter took a total of $61,938.

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