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Police Blotter

Woman gets alarming call

Posted: September 1, 2015 - 11:00pm  |  Updated: September 2, 2015 - 12:21am

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

 

Woman gets alarming call

A Martinez woman told deputies Sunday that she received a disturbing phone call from someone who claimed to be a former classmate.

The 50-year-old woman said she got a call at about 7 a.m. from a blocked number. She didn’t answer it. About five minutes later, the woman got another call from a different blocked number, which she answered thinking it might be an emergency. The caller identified himself as Todd and said that he’d gone to middle school with the woman, who said she didn’t remember who he was.

The caller then told the woman he’d been in her closet and had one of her sandals. She told the caller he was sick and she was calling the police. The caller asked why she was calling authorities and said he had two men with him who were sicker than he is. She hung up and called 911.

 

Man fails drug test at work

A Grovetown man said Friday that he didn’t use methamphetamine, but suspects someone put some in his drink.

The 40-year-old man said he allowed his daughter and her boyfriend to live in his home for a short time. When he found out his daughter’s boyfriend was using meth, he asked him to move out. The man said he was selected for a random drug test by his employer and the test showed him to be positive for meth. Since he’s never done meth, the man said he doesn’t know how the test came back positive.

After speaking to his wife, the man said they gave her an at-home drug test, which showed no drugs. While trying to figure out why he tested positive for meth and his wife didn’t, the man tested a bottle of Gatorade in his refrigerator that showed it to be positive for meth.

 

Boy receives obscene photo

An Appling man called authorities Friday that someone sent his son an obscene photo while playing an online game.

The man said his son plays video games online through the app Kik and talks with others playing the game. One of the other players asked the boy what he looked like, so he sent a photo of himself. The other gamer used his son’s photo, super-imposed his face onto the face of a person performing an obscene act and sent it back to him.

The man’s son doesn’t personally know the person who sent the photo to him because he only knows the gamer through Kik, but he does know the other gamer’s two screen names.

 

Card skimmer found on ATM

A bank vice president called authorities to the Evans bank Thursday after discovering a card skimmer on the bank’s ATM machine.

The vice president of Queensborough National Bank on Washington Road said he went out to the ATM machine at the drive-through to see if there was a card skimmer. When he pulled on the card reader, he noticed it was loose. He pulled again from the top, the card reader came off. He took it inside and called 911.

Video surveillance footage shows a Hispanic woman placing the card reader on the ATM at about 7:30 a.m. Thursday. The video shows her placing something on top of the ATM. Deputies inspected the ATM and found what appeared to be a camera.

 

Employment ad was a scam

A man discovered Thursday that an online employment ad he responded to was a scam.

The 22-year-old man gave a deputy information about a possible fraud ring. He said he recently answered an employment ad out of New York on www.craigslist.com. He called the number as instructed in the ad and a woman who identified herself as Sandra Nelson answered.

She told the man she works for Tim Burton and the advertised job had already been filled. She then offered him a different position as a personal assistant to Burton. The woman told him the job entailed cashing checks for Burton and transferring the money to him.

Several days before calling authorities, the man said he received a cashiers check via UPS several days later at his address in Richmond County. The $3,000 check, written on Union Bank in San Francisco, was written from remitter Jon Pelmear with an authorized signature from Stephen A. Amdor.

He noticed the routing number on the check was the same as the check number in the upper right corner.

The man tried to cash the check in Columbia County, but the bank refused the check. He realized it might be a fraud scam.

 

Woman’s gym card misused

A woman told deputies Saturday that she believes her membership paperwork to join an Evans gym was compromised.

The 43-year-old woman said she’d toured the facility on Aug. 26 and an employee gave her paperwork to fill out to join the gym. Part of the membership application asked for the woman’s debit card number so the gym could begin a monthly withdrawal of membership fees from her bank account.

The woman said she was concerned with writing the information down, but the employee said it would only be used to process her membership.

On Saturday, the woman said she found a bank transaction on her bank statement that she didn’t make.

The transaction was for $99.98 for a muscle/testosterone booster supplement purchased at www.TRGX2.com.

The woman isn’t sure who used her card to make the purchase, but cancelled the card and her bank account.

 

Kitten is taken at Evans home

An Evans man called authorities Sunday stating some neighborhood kids stole a kitten from his yard.

The man said that three juveniles in a lime green golf car stopped in front of his house at about 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, picked up one of the kittens that were in his front yard and asked if they could have it.

The man said he wasn’t giving away the kittens because they were too young. The children put the kitten back on the ground and left.

When he went outside about an hour later, the man said the calico kitten with white paws the children were asking about was missing.

He said he wasn’t sure the children took the kitten.

 

Bathroom at neighborhood club flooded

Three people caught on surveillance video are suspected of flooding a Riverwood Plantation Clubhouse bathroom on Thursday.

A woman called authorities at about 5:15 p.m. after she saw three people, possibly juveniles, go into the bathroom of the clubhouse on Riverwood Parkway, then running out a few minutes later. She said they intentionally flooded the bathroom by clogging the sinks with paper towels and running the faucets.

The woman said she saw the juveniles run south on Riverwood Parkway. She described them as a white male wearing a blue shirt and tan shorts, a white male wearing a navy shirt and tan shirts and a black male wearing white shorts and a patterned shirt.

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