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Police Blotter

Man scammed at Wal-Mart

Posted: December 17, 2014 - 1:04am  |  Updated: December 17, 2014 - 2:47am

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

Man scammed at Wal-Mart

A man shopping at a Martinez Wal-Mart said he was scammed by someone who sold him a store gift card.

The 34-year-old man said he was shopping at the store on Bobby Jones Expressway at about 5 p.m. on Saturday. A stranger approached him offering to sell a gift card worth $386.03. The stranger said he needed rent money and was willing to sell the card for $125. The stranger confirmed the card was loaded with the $386.03 and the man bought it.

The man said he believes that after they confirmed the amount on the card that the stranger switched it for a similar-looking card with no value. When he realized the card was worthless, the man called authorities.

 

Burglar enjoys cookie and rum

A Martinez woman called authorities Thurs-day and said someone broke into her home and enjoyed items in her kitchen.

The woman said she came home at about 4:30 p.m. and found cookie dough on the kitchen counter and some rum missing from a bottle in the kitchen.

The woman’s son said he got home about an hour before she did and the dough was on the counter then.

Christmas gifts under the tree, cash on the counter and electronics were not taken and nothing else was disturbed in the house.

 

Woman’s porch is vandalized

A Martinez woman said Friday that someone vandalized her porch while her family was out of town.

The 45-year-old woman said she returned from a week-long vacation at about 6 p.m. Thursday, but she went inside through the garage and didn’t see the porch. At about 4:30 p.m. Friday, the woman found her front porch in disarray.

Someone turned porch furniture upside down, threw swing cushions across the porch, broke a statue in half and shattered a glass table top. The glass was thrown across the porch.

The woman said her husband is out of town working and her children went with her out of town.

A deputy checked with nearby residents, but none saw anything unusual. They did say animals often come close to homes in the area, but the deputy noted that the damage was not consistent with an animal.

Nothing stolen during storage business break-in

The manager of an Evans self-storage business told deputies Friday that someone broke into several storage units, but stole nothing.

The manager of Evans Self Storage at 4731 Washington Road said between 8 p.m. and midnight the previous night, two men wearing dark clothes and hoodies cut the chain link fence on the back side of the gated business and clipped the locks off and went into five storage units on the back of the property. The burglars were caught on video, but the video images were blurry.

The men then left through the same hole they cut in the fence. The manager and a maintenance employee discovered only one piece of one of the five locks removed from storage units. Pieces of the cut fence were found laying in the opening.

 

Fake bill used
for steak dinner

The manager at an Evans restaurant called authorities Sunday after she said a man trying to use a fake bill ran out with his order.

The manager of the Ruby Tuesday’s restaurant in Mullins Crossing said a man called in a take-out order for a steak and loaded baked potato at about 8:45 p.m. When the man came to pick it up at about 9 p.m., he gave the manager a $100 bill for the $21.58 tab. The manager said she’d be right back.

When the manager returned to tell the man the bill was fake, he was gone. She went outside to get a description of the vehicle he was in, but didn’t see the man anywhere.

The entire transaction was captured on the restaurant’s video surveillance system.

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