The following accounts were taken from Columbia County Sheriff’s Office incident reports:
Woman asks teller to cash fake check
A woman fled a Martinez bank Tuesday after trying to cash a forged check.
A teller at Georgia Bank and Trust on Columbia Road told deputies that a woman came into the bank to cash a $3,127 check. When the teller took the check, she said the woman became nervous and said she needed to go outside and turn her vehicle off. When the woman returned, she asked if there was a problem cashing her check. The teller said the woman then said she needed to go outside and call her employer about the check and did not return.
Another bank employee saw the transaction and said he believed the check was forged because the company name on the check didn’t match the account number. Deputies contacted the owner, who said he wants to prosecute the woman if she is identified.
School bus batteries boosted
Someone stole batteries from school buses two days before school started.
The Columbia County School System Fleet manager said that between Aug. 1 and Monday morning, someone stole heavy duty batteries from three school buses.
The buses were parked in a designated parking area behind Lewiston Elementary School on Hereford Farm Road. The battery compartments were not locked.
Melon mashes man’s mailbox
An Appling man told deputies Monday that someone destroyed his mailbox with a watermelon.
The 47-year-old man said that overnight someone threw a watermelon at his mailbox. The mailbox was damaged and ripped off the post.
Stranger snaps house photos
A Martinez man called authorities Monday after he saw a stranger taking pictures of his house.
The man said the stranger was standing in the street taking photos of his home about 4:15 p.m.
He said the stranger was driving a red Mercedes Benz and not wearing any type of work uniform.
He said the stranger was acting suspiciously, but drove away before the man could go outside and confront him.