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Police Blotter, July 30, 2014

Augusta Prep vandalized, damaged

Posted: July 29, 2014 - 11:16pm

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

Augusta Prep vandalized, damaged

The facilities manager at Augusta Preparatory Day School called authorities Thursday after finding someone had damaged school property.

The manager said that someone had taken golf cars that were parked near the gym sometime during the previous night and drove them around the property. He said someone ran over and damaged a water fountain near the football field and pushed over a deer stand near the football field.

The vandals also ran the golf cars into a wall of the school on Flowing Wells Road, damaging the cars. The damaged totaled about $1,100.

On Friday morning, another school official told deputies that a golf car was stolen late Thursday or early Friday morning. The officials said the golf car was parked in a locked, fenced area under the football stadium. The official said the gate was found open with the lock attached to another area of the fence. One golf car was missing and another was moved to block the gate entrance.

Harlem home badly vandalized

A woman called deputies Thursday after discovering that her mother’s home had been vandalized and ransacked.

The 57-year-old woman said she moved out of the Harlem home in April and had family members checking on the property. The woman said her grandson discovered the damage the previous day and she was notified Thursday evening that the home had been broken into.

The woman’s grandson said that when he went to check on the home, he found it ransacked with purple and white spray paint all over the walls, holes in the walls, windows broken out and trash thrown everywhere. All the doors were kicked in and copper was stolen from inside the walls. He was last at the home on June 1 and it wasn’t damaged.

A deputy found holes kicked in the walls in every room, obscene language and images painted onto the walls. The front door had been kicked in and there were footprints on the outside of the door. Windows were broken, toilets in two bathrooms were destroyed and there was trash throughout the home. He also found a name spray-painted on a wall that was damaged.

The deputy took two cans of spray paint found inside the home as evidence.

Woman scared

An Evans woman called authorities when she felt threatened by a man following her around her apartment complex.

The woman said she first saw the man while she was in the gym at her apartment complex on Alder Way at about 7:40 a.m. She left to use the restroom and when she came back, the woman said she saw the man again near the pool gate. When the woman made eye contact with him, she said the man acted startled and nervous. She said her training indicated he was acting suspiciously.

The woman asked the man if he was going to the gym too, but he said he was doing laundry. Because she felt uncomfortable around the man, the woman went back to her apartment instead of continuing her workout.

Because she felt the man following her, the woman said she began to jog until she stopped to talk to a man walking his dog. She saw the man again as he got into his car and drove deeper into the complex.

The woman said she’d never seen the man before, but know he was doing something he shouldn’t have been because of her training.

Evans man gets stranger’s medical bills

An Evans man said Thursday that he received a stranger’s medical bills in his name.

The 48-year-old man said he received two bills that were addressed to him. One of the bills was for $505 from Aiken Physician Services for an emergency room visit and the other was a $484.50 bill from Aiken Regional Medical Center for procedures performed at the hospital. The man said he’s never been to the Aiken emergency room or had treatment at the hospital.

The man said he called both locations to ask about the bills and was told the person who received treatment provided the man’s name and address, but the wrong birth date and no Social Security number.

Martinez home vandalized

A Martinez woman told deputies Thursday that someone vandalized her home overnight.

The 18-year-old said someone damaged her mailbox and threw eggs onto the roof and front door between 9 p.m. the previous evening and 8 a.m. Thursday. The vandals also put a for-sale sign in the front yard, though the home is not for sale.

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