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Police Blotter

Teen assaulted by 2 strangers

Posted: October 6, 2015 - 11:05pm  |  Updated: October 7, 2015 - 12:04am

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

Teen assaulted by 2 strangers

An Appling teenager told deputies Thursday that he was assaulted by a stranger on his porch.

The 14-year-old said he was alone and asleep on the sofa in his Cobbham Road home about 11 p.m., when he heard someone trying to open the door.

The teen got up, put on his shoes and grabbed a baseball bat. He kicked open the door and found two men dressed in black standing on the porch.

He hit one of the strangers in the arm with the bat. The stranger punched the teen in the face, knocking him to the ground. As he got up, the teen saw the strangers running toward a black late-1990s truck that headed east on Cobbham Road.

Calls about loan
debt are scams

An Evans woman said Thursday that someone used her information to get loans online.

The woman said she got a phone call from someone claiming to be from High Point Assistance collection agency and asked for the woman by her maiden name. The caller said the woman accrued more than $1,500 in unpaid debts for online loans. The caller had the woman’s correct Social Security number.

The woman said she was suspicious of the call and checked her credit report because she’d never applied for an online loan. She found nothing suspicious on her credit report.

But when she looked into the companies she was told she owes, she found they don’t exist and believes the calls are a scam.

Slashed tires at
2 Evans homes

Two residents of an Evans road called authorities Friday after discovering someone had slashed their vehicle tires.

A 53-year-old resident of Richmond Street said he noticed the rear passenger side tire of his wife’s vehicle was low early Friday and pumped the tire up. When his daughter tried to leave later in the morning, they discovered both passenger side tires of her vehicle were completely flat.

The man said he planned to set up a camera to record any future incidents.

A woman who lives five houses away reported that someone cut all four of her tires overnight. The car was parked in the driveway near the garage.

Both residents took their vehicles to a local tire shop, where they were told the damage appeared to be a deep cut done by the same cutting instrument. All the tires had to be replaced instead of patched because of the depth and location of the cuts.

Man receives suspicious check

A Martinez man told deputies Friday that someone mailed him a fraudulent check.

He said he received a $1,897.55 check from Wal-Mart Inc. on Sept. 15. Along with the check was an acceptance letter informing the man how to begin a Quality Control Program that allowed him to work as a customer service evaluator for stores. The letter also included a user ID and password to access a Web site.

Instructions told him to activate the check online. He was instructed to deposit the check into his bank account. He found that the account had been closed for four years.

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