The following accounts were taken from Columbia County Sheriff’s Office incident reports:
Equipment reported stolen
Authorities were looking Thursday for someone who stole more than $75,000 worth of fiber optic equipment from a truck at a hotel near Interstate 20.
A Vertex Communications technician from Charlotte, N.C., called authorities early Tuesday stating his truck was parked at a hotel on Jimmie Dyess Parkway Monday evening. Overnight, someone stole $78,250 worth of fiber optic materials and equipment from the bed of his truck.
The thief was seen leaving in a newer model silver SUV.
Anyone with information about the identity or whereabouts of the suspect should call the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office at (706) 541-2800.
Woman reports scam
An Evans woman said she was scammed out of money by someone posting fake ads for a dog online.
The 32-year-old woman said she saw an ad for a dog on www.oodle.com. She made contact with the seller by text and was told the dog and seller were in Columbus, Ohio. The woman agreed to purchase the dog for $300 and sent money via Western Union to Dialo Moamet in Columbus. The woman said she received a message from the seller stating she had to send an additional $800 for the dog to be flown to Georgia.
The woman said she discovered the same dog for sale by the same seller on the same Web site, but the location was Birmingham, Ala. She tried to contact the seller, but was unable to. She reported the incident to the site administrators and the ad was removed.
Business owner bought fake ads
The manager of a Martinez business told deputies Wednesday that someone sold her ads for a magazine that doesn’t exist. The manager of Twice N. Life Consignment said a man who identified himself as Steve Phillips came into her business on Baston Road trying to sell advertising space in Augusta Golf Lovers Magazine, a new publication.
The manager said she purchased ads and paid with a $4,100 check. The man was supposed to bring a proof of the ad by June 30 and never showed up. The first issue of the magazine was to be out on July 15 and a copy was never mailed to her as promised. The manager was not able to reach the man, who has not returned to her business. The check was cashed a few days after she wrote it. The manager said she was not able to find proof the magazine exists.