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Police Blotter, July 13, 2014

Construction site damaged repeatedly

Posted: July 13, 2014 - 12:06am

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

Construction site damaged repeatedly

Someone has repeatedly damaged a road construction site in Grovetown.

Someone with the company extending Canterbury Farms Parkway said Monday that the road is being extended for new home construction. It was recently paved and ends in a dirt road that will eventually connect to Seaton Avenue.

The contractor said someone tampered with the pre-curbing set-up for the third time over the July Fourth weekend. He said there are tall metal stakes placed about five feet apart along 2,600 feet with a line set by surveyors designating where the concrete curb should be built. On Monday, the employee said he found the neon green line cut and about half of the metal stakes pulled up or moved. The person who moves the stakes must be strong, the contractor said, as the stakes are heavy and driven deep into the ground.

The employee said there are always trucks and ATVs in the area of the nearby fishing pond. The only way to access the pond is to go through the construction site damaging progress. The contractor said he has to redo the pre-construction process and the typical $2,000 job has cost him about $6,000 so far.

The site does not have a “keep out” sign so residents often let their children ride ATVs in the area. The area was previously blocked by large equipment, but county inspectors will fine the contractor if the equipment blocks the site entrance. The contractor said he might hire a private security guard to keep an eye on the site until the curb is finished.

Caregiver accused of theft from man

An elderly Evans man told deputies he was duped out of money by his caregiver.

The daughter of the 97-year-old man told authorities that her father’s temporary caregiver tricked him into signing a check to her. Deputies met with the man’s current caregiver, who said she’d been caring for the man for about eight months, but had to take two months off and the woman filled in for her.

The man’s daughter said she has power of attorney and handles all of her father’s financial business. His daughter was made aware that the temporary caregiver forged a $6,500 check on June 13. The check was made out to a third party for a vehicle. The man said he remembers the temporary caregiver writing the check, but was confused about why. The woman also took the man into an Evans bank on June 12 and withdrew $5,000 from his savings account.

The longtime caregiver told deputies she knows the woman’s family and was told she’d purchased a BMW from her sister, to whom the check was written. The woman told her family that the man had bought the car for her as a gift.

The man’s daughter said the handwriting on the check and deposit slip are not her father’s and the woman took advantage of him.

The man wasn’t able to give a detailed statement, but did tell deputies that the woman “milked him like a cow.”

Men try to steal construction equipment

A construction company official called authorities Wednesday after he said he chased men stealing construction equipment from a site.

The officials said a Grovetown man called him stating he saw taillights at the end of Grimaude Boulevard, where the contractor stores equipment.

The man said he went home located next to the property at about 8:45 and heard an engine start. He called the contractor, who yelled at two men to stop.

He saw a man in camouflage pants run into a nearby wooded area and another take off in a blue and silver Dodge Dakota. The driver asked the contractor not to “call the law.”

The contractor then followed the truck into Interstate 20, where the truck driver sped more than 100 miles per hour. The contractor lost the truck, came back to the storage site.

The men attempted to take a large piece of construction equipment and created some sort of pulley system to pick up counter weight pads. They moved three of the four weight pads closer to where the equipment was parked. A fourth pad was hanging from the pulley structure by ratchet straps.

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