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Police Blotter, Jan. 13, 2016

Two arrested with stolen

Posted: January 13, 2016 - 1:01am
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Valerie Rowell
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The following accounts were taken from Columbia County Sheriff’s Office incident reports:

Two arrested with stolen

Two Augusta men were arrested early Sunday after they were found driving with a stolen trailer, stolen pistol and drugs.

Daniel Joseph Wandless, 33, of Mundy Court, was charged with theft by receiving stolen property. Benjamin Tyler Heath, 28, of Scenic Drive, was charged with possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, possession of marijuana and possession of Schedule II drugs.

A deputy saw a vehicle pulling an enclosed trailer without working lights on Lewiston Road at about 10:30 p.m. Saturday. He stopped the vehicle and as he approached, the deputy noticed the trailer’s light cord disconnected from the vehicle, which raised concerns because of recent thefts in the area. Wandless was driving the vehicle and Heath was a passenger.

Wandless told the deputy he’d bought the trailer three days before in North Augusta for $3,000 from someone who advertised it on www.craigslist.com. He didn’t have a bill of sale with him and didn’t remember any details about the seller or the seller’s contact information. When asked, Wandless said there were two miniature motorcycles inside the trailer. Inside, deputies found a pry bar and the motorcycles, which Wandless said he was taking to a storage unit to be projects for his children.

Half of the trailer’s VIN number was scratched off, but the deputy found it on a nearby sticker. The trailer was confirmed to be reported stolen from Sumter County on Oct. 21. Both men were detained and deputies found a bag of marijuana in Heath’s pocket.

Deputies also found a Beretta .9-mm pistol on the front floorboard between the front seats. The gun had been reported stolen from North Augusta on Nov. 6. A second pistol found in a backpack on the back seat was not stolen. Also in the vehicle was a pad lock with pry marks on it.

Heath remained in the Columbia County Detention Center on Tuesday on an $11,800 bond, according to jail records. Wandless was released from the jail after posting a $5,100 bond on Sunday.

Man waves gun in parking lot

An Augusta man was arrested Friday after he waved a gun in the parking lot of a Martinez restaurant and ran from authorities.

Deniko Alvez Hubert, 18, of Greene Street, was charged with terroristic threats and acts, will obstruction of law enforcement, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and carrying a concealed weapon.

Deputies responded to the Golden Corral restaurant on Bobby Jones Expressway at about 8 p.m. after multiple people called 911 stating a man was waving a gun in the parking lot threatening to shoot patrons. Witnesses said the man, later
identified as Hubert, stated he “did not care and will shoot anybody.”

When deputies arrived, Hubert didn’t obey their orders and ran away. During the foot chase, deputies saw Hubert pull a handgun from his pants. He continued running after deputies ordered him to put the gun down and stop running. Hubert tried to get over a fence and dropped the pistol. Deputies secured the weapon and arrested Hubert.

He was being held in the Columbia County Detention Center on Monday on an $8,400 bond, according to jail records.

Samaritan robbed

A man said early Saturday that he helped a veteran, then was robbed by him.

The man said he was approached by a stranger at about midnight in the parking lot of the Circle K at
403 S. Belair Road. The stranger said he was a veteran and asked
the man to buy him something to eat. The man took him through the nearby Wendy’s drive-through and used a credit card to buy food.
The stranger then asked for a ride home.

The pair returned to the Circle K and the man went inside leaving the credit card and receipt in the center console of his vehicle. When he returned, the stranger and his credit card were gone.

Fraud discovered

A Grovetown woman said she discovered someone fraudulently used her information from a collection agent.

The 38-year-old woman said she received a call from a recovery company who said they would not disclose who they were recovering for until she provided the last four digits of her Social Security number. She researched the company and found them to be legitimate, so she provided the information.

The company representative said she was trying to recover an $1,100 Comcast debt. The account was opened on May 1 with her information, but is associated with an address in Snellville, Ga. It was disconnected in September.

Driveway blocked

An Evans man told deputies Thursday that someone blocked his driveway with wood.

The man said he left his home at about 5 p.m. When he returned at about 8 p.m., his driveway was blocked with two large piles of wood. In the middle of one of the piles, the man said he found a can of paint thinner and a yellow rubber glove.

Woman gets fake ID

A Grovetown woman called authorities Thursday after realizing that someone fraudulently used her personal information.

The woman said she received a Georgia identification card in the mail for Lelyne York. At first, the woman thought the postal carrier delivered it to the wrong address. But the card had the woman’s address on it.

After taking the card to the Department of Drivers Services office, the woman said she received a letter from the office stating that Lelyne York was denied a drivers license. She turned it over to the post office and gave copies of the ID card and letter to deputies.

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