The following accounts were taken from Columbia County Sheriff’s Office incident reports:
Dentist robbed at gunpoint
A Martinez dentist said she was robbed at gunpoint Thursday evening.
Dr. Celia Dunn, 65, said she was leaving her practice on Blue Ridge Drive just after 7 p.m. After locking the back door and setting the alarm, she said she turned and a man wearing a black bandana over his face pointed a handgun at her. The man made her walk back in the building and demanded money.
Dunn said she gave her assailant an unknown amount of cash from her purse and from the business.
The alarm to the practice began going off and Dunn said she could tell her assailant was starting to get scared. She told him to just leave, so he ran out the back door into a wooded area.
A sheriff’s office tracking dog was unable to locate the robber.
Dunn described her attacker as a black man, 5-foot-6 to 5-foot-7 inches tall with short hair wearing a gray T-shirt and black pants.
Purse is taken in parking lot
A woman said someone snatched her purse from the parking lot of a Martinez home improvement store.
The 58-year-old woman said she was opening the passenger door of her husband’s truck at about 8 p.m. in the lot of Lowe’s on Bobby Jones. The woman said a man came up behind her and snatched her purse.
Witnesses said he ran to a silver passenger car with tinted windows parked several spaces away. It sped away toward Washington Road.
Would-be burglar runs
A Martinez woman told authorities that she saw the would-be burglar of her home run away late Friday.
The woman said she was asleep on the couch in her living room at about 11:30 p.m. when she was awakened by someone messing with the back door. She got up and saw a chubby man wearing a red shirt, jeans and a dark hat run from her back porch.
Phone hustler is reported
The owner of an Augusta donut shop called deputies Thursday after someone claiming to be with Georgia Power Co. called her and demanded payment.
The owner of Belair Donuts said she received a call from someone who identified himself as Allen Gray with Georgia Power just after 2 p.m. The caller said the power to her business on Jimmie Dyess Parkway would be disconnected unless she paid $350. He told the owner that he was on the way to disconnect the power unless she went to CVS and paid the $350.
It is unclear if the caller used his real name, but the owner said she didn’t pay the money and stopped answering the calls.
Employee sees thief
An employee of a Martinez electric company called authorities Thursday after discovering someone stole tools from a work truck.
The employee of Howell Electric said another employee said there were several tools and drills missing from the tool box on his work truck. She reviewed video surveillance footage, which showed an older model white vehicle park in front of the business on Wheeler Road at about 1:45 a.m. A man looked inside vehicles in the parking lot.
The man was seen taking tools from the toolbox of a truck.