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Police Blotter, Aug. 13, 2014

Home burglarized while woman showered

Posted: August 12, 2014 - 11:20pm

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

Home burglarized while woman showered

An Appling woman told police Friday that someone burglarized her home while she showered.

The 37-year-old woman said she took a shower just after noon and found the back and front doors of her home open when she got out. The woman said both doors were closed and the front door was locked when she got into the shower. The woman ran back into the bathroom, locked the door and called a friend who called 911.

The woman, who also called authorities, said while in the bathroom, she heard someone walking outside the bathroom and trying to get into a safe in the closet of the master bedroom.

When deputies arrived, the front door was closed, but unlocked and the back door was open. A deputy spoke to the woman through the door and told her to stay inside the bathroom until they had cleared the home. When she came out, the woman was visibly shaking and upset.

The woman said she couldn’t tell if anyone tampered with the safe, but said they’ve had problems with people coming around the house.

Suspect in several entering autos arrested

An Augusta man was arrested early Saturday as a suspect in several theft from vehicles.

Two people saw two men with flashlights looking into vehicles in Petersburg Station subdivision late Friday. Witnesses said they saw two men, one later identified as Demmerio Javonta Swint, 20, of Amili Way in Augusta, walking by and looking into cars on Carson Cutoff and Santa Anna Trail. One woman drove around the block and turned around.

She then saw them shining flashlights into the passenger window of her husband’s car.

They walked away as she got closer to her home.

A nearby resident was told his vehicle might have been broken into. He came home and found the glove box open and the car rummaged through.

The man left the vehicle unlocked.

Deputies found Swint walking on Santa Anna Trail. He ran from deputies who later found him using a tracking dog hiding under the back porch of a nearby home.

When he was arrested, Swint was wearing different clothing.

Swint is suspected to be involved in several reported entering autos in the area.

Man said threatened by contractor at park

A man called authorities Saturday morning after he said a contractor working at the park threatened him with a gun.

The man said he was walking around Blanchard Woods Park on Blanchard Road at about 9:30 a.m. when a patrolling deputy asked him to leave because the park was closed for construction. As he was leaving the park, the man said he stopped and had words with a supervising contractor for the company performing work at the park. He said the contractor showed him a gun and asked him to leave the park. The man said he showed the contractor he was also armed, then left.

The contractor said he asked the patrolling deputy to clear the lot because of the construction. He said the man drive by, cursed at him and started an confrontation because he was asked to leave. He said he only asked the man to leave the park. The contractor said the man got out of his truck and walked up to his vehicle aggressively. As a precaution, the contractor said he moved his handgun from the door of this vehicle to his lap.

He said the man saw the handgun, returned to his truck and showed his own handgun before driving away.

Both men admit they showed their weapons, but never pointed them at each other.

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