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Police Blotter, Aug. 20, 2014

Thief sought

Posted: August 20, 2014 - 12:13am

Thief sought

Columbia County authorities were looking Monday for a man they say is a suspect in the recent thefts of several golf cars and trailers from businesses on Frontage Road.

The man is suspected of stealing a trailer from Augusta Harley Davidson and a boat from Augusta marine several months ago, according to Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris. He is also suspected to be connected to three golf cars missing from Don’s Welding last month.

Anyone with information about the man’s identity or whereabouts should call the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office at (706) 541-2800.

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

Warned caller refuses to stop

An Evans woman said Thursday that she’s been harassed by someone calling trying to sell diabetic supplies.

The 56-year-old woman said she’s received several calls from a Chula Vista, Calif., number in the previous two days. The caller claims to be a representative of a diabetic supply company. After several calls, the woman told the caller she wasn’t interested and asked not to be called again.

The calls continued with seven more on Thursday and each time the caller asks for the woman’s name, date of birth, Social Security number and insurance information.

While at the woman’s house, a deputy answered a call from the same number. The female caller told the deputy she was trying to obtain the woman’s information regarding diabetic supplies.

When the deputy told the caller he was law enforcement and not to call the woman again, the caller said the “dialer” would continue to call until she got the woman’s information. When asked what company she represented, the caller said only, “I’m calling on behalf of an agent.”

Car damaged by hammer

A woman said Thursday that someone used a hammer to damage her car.

The woman said she arrived at the Howard Johnson on Jimmie Dyess Parkway at about 2 a.m. and the only empty parking space was in the northeast corner directly behind the back door of Big Daddy’s Bar and Grill.

When the woman went to her car at about 8 a.m., she discovered that someone used a blunt object, possibly a ball peen hammer, to damage the roof, hood, trunk and sides of her vehicle. Hotel staff said they’d review video surveillance footage of the parking lot for authorities.

Ex-husband believed to be watching woman

An Evans woman called authorities Thursday stating she believes her ex-husband has been watching her.

The woman said she saw someone laying in her hammock a few weeks ago. She also found several cigarette butts outside her bedroom window.

Her ex-husband has called making remarks as if he’s watching her. The two have been in a heated custody battle for several years and a guardian ad litem is involved.

Info thief buys cell phones

A Grovetown woman called deputies Thursday because she said someone posing as a representative of her cell phone service provider got her personal information and used it to buy phones.

The 32-year-old woman said she got a call from someone claiming to be from Verizon Wireless at about 8 a.m. The caller claimed to be from customer service and wanted the woman’s Social Security number. She gave it to the caller, who then hung up.

A short time later, the woman got another call from Verizon and was asked if she just purchased three new phones. She denied the purchase and filed a fraud case with Verizon. The company caught the transaction in time for avoid charges to the woman’s account and a company representative said he didn’t know where the first call to the woman came from.

Woman followed by stranger

A Grovetown woman said Friday that she was followed by a man claiming to have lost his dog nearby.

The woman said a man showed up at her house at about 9:40 a.m. asking if she’d seen his dog. The woman said she hadn’t seen the dog and gave the man her cell phone number in case she finds it. A few minutes later, the woman said she saw she’d missed a call from a (404) area code.

Just before 6 p.m., the woman said she left her house and noticed the vehicle the man with the lost dog was driving was behind her. The vehicle followed the woman for several miles. The woman stopped on Stevens Creek Road in Richmond County, got out of her car and approached the man yelling, “You are following me.”

The man quickly drove away. The woman wasn’t able to get the tag number, but said the vehicle was a gray Chevrolet Impala. The woman filed a report in Columbia and Richmond counties.

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