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Police Blotter, Sept. 13, 2015

Fake locksmiths respond to call

Posted: September 12, 2015 - 11:32pm

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

Fake locksmiths respond to call

An Evans man told deputies Wednesday that some locksmiths he called to his home were fakes.

The man said he called Evans Pro Locksmith on Tuesday to help get into his locked home. He became suspicious when the locksmith arrived with no identification. He wasn’t able to unlock the door and had to call for help. A second locksmith arrived to drill the lock and also didn’t have any identification.

The second locksmith incorrectly drilled the deadbolt core. The man was told the visit would cost only $45 instead of $100 since the lock was drilled incorrectly. But the man wasn’t willing to pay with a credit card because neither of the locksmiths had identification. They left without payment and gave the man a basic receipt, but it wasn’t an invoice for the business.

On Wednesday, the man said he called Evans Pro Locksmith to find out how to pay them, but business records didn’t show any employee responding to his home the previous evening. He then reported the incident to authorities.

iPad stolen from funeral

A woman called authorities Monday after discovering someone stole an iPad from her late husband’s visitation.

The woman said that on Sept. 5, a visitation for her husband was held at an Evans home. There was an iPad 3 in the living room for guests to use to look at photos.

Between 6 and 8 p.m., the iPad went missing. The family attempted to track the iPad using its GPS, but it wasn’t turned on. On Monday, the woman tracked the iPad to the area of Gordon Highway and Walton Way in Augusta.

Debit card reported stolen

A Grovetown man said Tuesday that a repairman stole, used and returned a debit card from his home.

The man said a local heating and air company did some work on his broken air conditioning unit on Sept. 3. Days later, he discovered that a debit card belonging to a civic organization was stolen from his dresser in the bedroom and used at an ATM in Richmond County. He then went to his bank and confirmed the transaction. Video surveillance footage from the ATM showed a man wearing an orange hat and painters mask over his face withdraw $240. The man said the thief looked like the owner of the heating and air conditioning company that serviced his house.

The man’s wife told him that the owner left their home at about 11 a.m. on Sept. 3 and returned about 1 p.m. stating he needed to retrieve some tools he’d left in the attic. The man’s wife said the owner of the business came back downstairs not carrying tools and quickly left.

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