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Police blotter

Vandals pry into 3 business mailboxes

Posted: October 8, 2016 - 11:03pm

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

Vandals pry into 3 business mailboxes

Police received reports of several mailbox thefts at three Martinez businesses.

Police responded to the 400 block of Furys Ferry Road on Monday after an employee noticed that the business’s mailbox had been broken into and no mail was inside.

Police reported that the box appeared to have been pried open and was empty.

A second business at the same location contacted police minutes later for a similar incident in whichits mailbox was pried open and empty.

A third report was filed from a business in the 1100 block of Furys Ferry Road for a mailbox that had been pried open.

An employee with the real estate business told police that the mailbox was empty and that there was concern that checks were missing because it was the first of the month.

No cameras were at any of the locations.

Water bill check stolen, ‘washed’

A woman called police after a check was stolen out of her mailbox.

She said she placed the check for $45.84 made out to Columbia County Water.

SunTrust Bank contacted the woman and told her the check had been “washed” and changed to be payable to Patsy Adams in the amount of $475.78. The check had been cashed.

Trespassers hit construction site

Equipment left at a construction site was vandalized by trespassers in Martinez.

Police responded to the site of the future O’Reilly’s Auto Parts store on South Belair Road on Tuesday.

According to the incident report, a construction employee at the scene pointed out bicycle tracks and said that he had seen juveniles there and that he was concerned for their safety.

“No trespassing” signs had been placed at the site but have not worked, the man said.

Additionally, the front door to a forklift was opened and the key that was left inside the machine was found on the ground 30 feet away.

The ignition to the forklift was stripped and the employee stated that the machine spins when it is turned on.

The employee requested the site be placed under concentrated patrol.

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