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Police Blotter, Sept. 27, 2015

Vandalism at Greenbrier

Posted: September 26, 2015 - 11:01pm

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

Vandalism at Greenbrier

Buses and a concession stand at the Greenbrier schools were recently damaged by vandals.

On Monday, a bus driver called authorities after discovering that someone stole fire extinguishers from two buses parked at Greenbrier Middle School the previous weekend. The extinguishers were deployed inside of one bus and on the back side of another.

The school safety officer at Greenbrier High said Tuesday that someone broke into the visitors side concession stand through the vent screen at the bottom of the exterior door. The vandals then stole cans of soda and threw several against the wall.

Manager reports scam

The manager of a Title Max in Augusta told deputies Tuesday that a former employee is collecting money owed to the business.

The manager said a former employee who was fired in December has met with several clients of the business in Richmond and Columbia counties posing as a current employee. He wears a business shirt and a name tag that lists him as a Title Max district manager. He meets with the clients in various locations like parking lots.

Because the clients are paying the former employee, the manager said they don’t have money to pay money owed to Title Max.

A client told a deputy that she met with the former employee believing he still worked at the business and gave him $1,500. The manager provided deputies with a list of potential victims.

Online date steals money

A Martinez woman called authorities Monday after discovering a man she met online stole and used her ATM card.

The 24-year-old woman said she met a man through an online dating site Sept. 3. After their date, she noticed her ATM card missing from her car visor and he was the only person who’d been in her car. When she called, the man admitted stealing the card. He asked for a couple of days to pay it back plus more for her inconvenience.

After a few days, the woman hadn’t heard from him, so she went to her bank and found her account frozen. A bank representative said the man had been depositing checks into her account and withdrawing the maximum amount.

The woman said she believed the man got a few dollars until she found out he’s stolen $7,715.

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