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Police Blotter, Nov. 26, 2014

Sitter scammed before first day

Posted: November 26, 2014 - 12:04am

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

Sitter scammed before first day

An Evans woman looking for a baby-sitting job said someone tried to scam her.

The 20-year-old woman said she met a man who identified himself as James C. Martins while searching on www.SitterCity.com. She and the man were negotiating a contract for her to baby-sit his 2-year-old daughter.

The man sent the woman two $950 MoneyGrams and instructed her to deposit the money orders, take her $230 first week salary and send the rest of the money back to him in Illinois so he can buy furniture.

The woman said the situation seemed odd and the man would only send text messages and e-mails. When she received the package containing the money orders, the sender was shown as Leonard Martin, not the original James C. Martins she said she was messaging.

Resident chases thief down road

A Grovetown man told deputies Sunday that he confronted a stranger he found rifling through his vehicle.

The 38-year-old man said he was asleep when his fiancee woke him at about 1 a.m. saying there was a man outside opening the door of his vehicle. The man has surveillance cameras outside the house with monitors in his bedroom. The man’s fiancee said she was watching TV and saw the stranger on the monitors.

The man said he grabbed a pellet gun and went outside to confront the stranger, who ran down Sylvan Lake Drive and between two houses. The man chased him and found the stranger stopped by a fence. The man said he had a gun and the stranger stood there for about two minutes before either going through or over the gate.

The man wasn’t able to get a clear look at the stranger, but said he was only in the vehicle about 20 seconds before he was confronted. Nothing was missing from the vehicle.

A nearby resident reported a man of a similar description in a neighbor’s vehicle late Sunday. The man said that at about 11:30 p.m., he was on his front porch on a street that backs up to the other man’s home. He saw the stranger get out of the vehicle with a flashlight and run into the woods. He notified his neighbor, who called authorities.

Items were thrown around inside the vehicle, but nothing appeared to have been stolen. The woods the stranger ran into lead to Miland Passage, Bowen Falls and Sylvan Lake Drive.

Scammer uses woman’s children as dependents

An Evans woman told authorities Thursday that someone using her identity also listed her children as dependents on a tax return.

The 23-year-old woman said she was incarcerated from Aug. 10 to Aug. 14, when numerous credit accounts were opened in her name. Whoever was using the woman’s personal information also listed her children as dependants on an Internal Revenue Service tax return.

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