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Police Blotter, Sept. 17, 2014

Trespasser chased away

Posted: September 16, 2014 - 11:13pm

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

Trespasser chased away

Neighbors on Jacqueline Drive in Appling recently called authorities twice after they chased someone trespassing on their property.

A 33-year-old man said he was inside his home at about 11 p.m. Friday when he heard someone banging on the side of his house then someone trying to open the door to the crawl space. He called his neighbor to come over and sneak up on the trespasser to try and catch him.

The neighbor said he approached the house in the area the man heard the noise and a man took off running into nearby woods. A woman who left the home before deputies arrived said she saw a black man, about 6 feet tall and wearing a white tank top, running in the wood line of a nearby home.

The same man called authorities again just before 1 a.m. Sunday. He was at a neighbor’s house and heard a loud noise at his home. The same neighbor who helped him previously went to check out the noise and yelled. The man said he jumped on his ATV, hurried home and saw a man running on a trail alongside his property. He couldn’t chase the trespasser in the thick brush.

Naked student found in class

A Lakeside High School student was found naked inside a portable classroom on Friday.

An employee of the school in Martinez told deputies that he tried to open the door to a portable classroom to clean it at about 12:30 p.m. The door wouldn’t open and he could feel someone holding the door closed from the inside. The employee pushed the door open and found a 14-year-old student with no clothes on.

The employee said he told the student to get dressed and waited outside. He then escorted the teen to the office.

When talking to the assistant principal and his mother, the teen said he’s done this before and feels the need to get naked whenever he feels pressured.

The deputy contacted a Columbia County Juvenile Court intake officer, and the teen was released to his mother.

Store deposit stolen by “good Samaritan”

An assistant manager of an Evans retail store told deputies late Friday that she believes someone trying to help her with car trouble stole the business’ bank deposit.

The assistant manager of the Dollar Tree at 4459 Washington Road said she closed the store and went to her vehicle at about 10:20 p.m. She put the bank deposit on the passenger seat and rolled down the window.

The car wouldn’t start, so she checked under the hood and found the battery cable disconnected.

A man approached the assistant manager and asked if she needed help. She refused the man’s help, reconnected the battery cable and drove to a nearby Wells Fargo
bank.

But when she got to the bank, the assistant manager said the bank deposit was gone. She went back to the Dollar Tree parking lot, but didn’t find the deposit or anything else missing from her car.

Metal stolen from field

A Grovetown woman called authorities Thursday after discovering someone had stolen scrap metal from her property.

The 75-year-old woman said her husband keeps a large pile of scrap metal on the back of their property, which is accessible by a dirt path from a nearby road.

She checks the area daily as she tends to the horses.

The woman said the theft happened between Sept. 5 and Thursday. Deputies found a large portion of the fence had been cut and could see where a truck had backed up to the area.

A neighbor told the woman that she’d seen a rusty red truck occupied by an older man and two teens on the path one night.

The neighbor’s son spoke to the older man, who said he was bringing his grandsons out to see the stars.

The stolen scrap metal is estimated to be worth about $6,000.

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