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Police blotter

Evans store reports theft

Posted: October 15, 2016 - 11:04pm

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

Evans store reports theft

Police responded to an Evans business after a $50 gift card was believed stolen by fraudulent means.

A white man entered Academy Sports claiming to be a representative of M&R Homeless and Battered Women’s Shelter, and was asking for donations for a raffle fundraiser. The manager on duty said the store could donate a $50 gift card, but that the man would need to provide a W9 tax form with the charity’s information.

Later, the man returned during an afternoon rush and spoke to a different manager.

The new manager told police that the man handed him some papers and took the gift card.

The manager said he realized that the man had given him only information on the shelter and the raffle and not the W9 form. The manager called the number listed on the flier, but it was disconnected. A loss prevention employee suspended the gift card.

Police entered the tax information provided for the homeless shelter into the IRS Charity verification website and results revealed it was not a registered charity.

Homeless man charged

A homeless man was arrested after being accused of making several calls to 911 with a disconnected cellphone.

According to the incident report, deputies have responded several times within the last month to the 4300 block of Frontage Road for the same number calling 911 and refusing to provide an exact location.

GPS showed the location coming from the Red Roof Inn and Cook Out. The man reportedly making the calls was making moaning noises in the phone.

Upon arrival to the Red Roof Inn, deputies found the cellphone on Miller Abrams and was able to verify the phone’s serial number.

Abrams denied making the phone calls. He was charged with unlawful conduct during a 911 call.

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