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Police Blotter

Suspect writes fraud check

Posted: July 2, 2016 - 11:00pm

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

Suspect writes fraud check

An Evans man received a fraudulent check while trying to sell lawn mowers on Craigslist.

The seller told police he received a text message from a phone number with a 312 area code in response to an ad listed for two lawn mowers for sale for $900. The suspect stated he was interested in the lawn mowers and asked for him to send more photos.

The seller texted the suspect for several days before he received a priority mail envelope with a check inside for $2,890.The seller told police the envelope arrived in his mailbox early in the morning before the mail is delivered. The suspect texted the seller again and told him his secretary had made a mistake and for the seller to send him back the difference.

Suspecting a scam, the seller took the check to his bank who confirmed it was fraud.

Police warn man of his trespassing

An Evans man was informed by police of property boundaries and warned of potential trespass charges should
he return to the property of an Islamic community center.

According to a report, Jim Stachowiak was warned of the property boundaries around the Augusta Islamic Community Center
on Old Evans Road in Martinez, after stepping onto the property during a recent demonstration.

Members of the center told police they did not want Stachowiak on the property.

When shown photos
of the property boundaries of the center, Stachowiak admitted he did step onto the property by accident, according to the report.

Police informed Stachowiak he would be charged with criminal trespass if he came onto the property again.

Stachowiak said he was clear on the boundaries and would not step onto the property again.

The report was done for informational purposes.

Man robbed at gunpoint in home

A man told police two men robbed him of his debit card and cellphone at gunpoint inside his residence Tuesday.

According to the incident report, police were called Wednesday to the 4200 block of Washington Road in Evans in reference to an armed robbery that had occurred the day before.

The man told
police he was asleep
in his living room the
previous afternoon when he awoke to two black males with their faces covered pointing handguns at him demanding money.

The robbers took the victim’s cellphone, $60 in cash, his debit card and forced him to divulge his pin number.

The subjects forced the victim into his bathroom and shut the door before fleeing.

The victim told police he ran to Brown Feed & Seed where he called his friend to come pick him up.

The victim added
that his bank informed him that about $400
had been withdrawn from his account from two separate ATMs.

The case was turned over for further investigation.

– From staff reports

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See an interactive map of all the crimes reported to the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office online at augustachronicle.com/data/crimemap/cc.

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