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Police blotter

Posted: March 19, 2017 - 1:39am

The following were taken from reports by the Columbia County Sheriff's Office:

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Teens charged in burglaries

Two Columbia County teens have been arrested and charged in connection with four burglaries and one attempted break-in at Riverwood and Windmill Plantation subdivisions since January.

Benjamin Thomas Howard and Lindon Oliver Leseburg, both 17, were booked into the Columbia County Detention Center on five counts of burglary in the first-degree.

On Jan. 30, burglars broke into the home of a pastor on Buxton Lane and rummaged through his garage cabinets and gun safe before leaving with two handguns and two rifles, according to Columbia County Sheriff's Office incident reports. In February, two homes on Dewaal Street were burglarized.

In one case, the burglars cut through a window screen and took jewelry, silver dollars and sunglasses.

At another home, they broke in and left with cash, jewelry and other items, the report stated.

The latest incidents occurred March 7 at a Windmill Lane home and a Darling Way home. On Windmill Lane, the resident returned home and found her back door cracked open and her kitchen cabinets open. She reported cash, coins and several other items missing, but a beer bottle that possibly belonged to the burglars was left on the kitchen counter.

The Darling Way resident told police she was home about 11:30 a.m. when two males rang her doorbell, then ran to the backyard. From inside the home, she watched as they tried to break into a window. When she yelled, they ran to their vehicle and left.

According to police, the estimated value of the items stolen was more than $15,000.

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2 charged in robbery attempt

Two people have been charged in last week's attempted robbery at Walgreens in Martinez.

Nicholas Alan Robinson, 28, of Martinez, was booked into the jail Tuesday on charges of criminal attempt to commit a felony, armed robbery, kidnapping and two counts of both aggravated assault and possession of a knife during the commission of a crime.

Officials said Robinson is a suspect in Saturday's incident and a similar incident at the same store Jan. 7.

Douglas Ronald Duncan III, 25, of Martinez, was booked Thursday on a charge of criminal attempt to commit a felony.

Duncan, who is the son of District 1 commissioner Doug Duncan, is the suspected getaway driver in Saturday's incident.

On Saturday, a man pulled a knife on a cashier at the store at 672 Furys Ferry Road and instructed her to come to him. She ran and called police.

In January, a man put a knife to an employee's throat and told her to open the register. He left with several hundred dollars.

Duncan was released on a $10,000 bond. Robinson remains in jail.

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Man threatens shooting at doctor's office

Deputies were called to a N. Belair Road doctor's office Wednesday after a man threatened to shoot an employee during a discussion about a co-pay.

An employee said the man told her if he had to pay a co-pay he may as well pull out a gun and shoot her in the face.

The man denied the threats but said he was upset over being given bad directions to the office.

The employee declined to press charges but told officials she did not want the man back in the office. He was escorted from the property.

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Golf carts stolen from 2 homes

Two residents on the 4700 block of Bass Drive contacted police Wednesday after discovering their golf carts were missing.

One victim told police he discovered early Wednesday that his green E-Z-Go was missing from his carport.

He had last seen it the previous evening.

The other victim told police he discovered his golf cart was missing from his backyard about 5 p.m. Wednesday.

The report did not indicate how long it could have been missing.

 

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