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Police Blotter, Aug. 30, 2015

Elderly woman reports theft

Posted: August 29, 2015 - 11:06pm

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

Elderly woman reports theft

An Evans woman called authorities Aug. 25 after she said two men scammed their way into her home and stole money.

The 86-year-old woman said she was outside her home on her golf car at about 3 p.m., when a truck pulled into her driveway. Two men got out and started asking her about the property next door, if she knew who the owner was and if it was for sale. They then complimented the woman on how nice her landscaping looked and asked where the “man of the house” was. When she said her husband wasn’t home, the woman said the man maneuvered her into the carport, then into the kitchen. She said they never went any further than the entrance to her kitchen and left shortly after entering the house.

After the men left, the woman said she noticed her purse, which was on a table by the kitchen entrance, was disturbed and $100 in cash was missing. Nothing else was missing from her purse and her identification and credit cards were accounted for.

But a bottle with 10 hydrocodone pills in it was missing from a kitchen cabinet.

The woman described the men as white with dark hair and said they were scruffy, “kind of on the rough side,” driving a white possible extra cab truck with a South Carolina tag.

Caregiver scammed

A Grovetown woman said she was scammed as she tried to find employment on a site for caregivers.

The 46-year-old woman said she is a caregiver and signed up on www.care.com to find clients. She was contacted by a woman via text message who asked about care-giving services for her 76-year-old mother. After several text messages, the caregiver said she was hired.

The client told the caregiver that her mother would need a scooter and asked her to purchase one so they didn’t have to buy one and haul it to Georgia. The caregiver said the client sent her a $2,865 check with instructions to deposit it into her bank account.

She was told to then withdraw $2,465 to pay for the scooter and deposit it into an account at a different bank.

A short time after depositing the cash into the second account, a representative from the caregiver’s bank called and informed her that the check was fraudulent.

Man thwarts
an ID thief

A Grovetown man said on Aug. 24 that he kept someone from using his information to buy cell phones.

The 54-year-old man said he got a call from a restricted number at about 3 p.m. who identified himself as “Joe” from Verizon Wireless. The caller said an issue with the company computers required him to verify the man’s information. The man provided his last name, address and the last four digits of his Social Security number.

The man said he became suspicious when the caller asked about his last name.

He told the caller that he should know the last name if he was looking at his Verizon account. The caller hung up.

About 30 minutes later, the man received a call from a Verizon representative asking him to confirm his order for two iPhones.

He was told the phones were to be shipped to Duluth, Ga. He told the Verizon representative that he did not order the phones and canceled the order.

Californian uses man’s identity

A Martinez man called authorities Aug. 26 after he received a traffic citation from California.

The 34-year-old man said that someone used his identity on June 14 to rent a 2014 Chrysler 300 in Los Angeles.

The vehicle was returned the same day.

The person who rented the vehicle used the man’s Georgia drivers license number and his old Augusta address. He said the person drive through a toll in California without paying the toll fee on June 14.

A violation management company sent the man a citation that required him to pay a fine for the violation.

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