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Police blotter

Posted: May 31, 2017 - 1:00am

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

 

Hacker takes over computer

An Evans man said his computer was taken over by a hacker.

The victim told police his computer froze and a message popped up stating it was from Microsfot with a number to contact to unfreeze the computer, according to the incident report.

The victim said he was instructed to run a program which would give the person on the other end of the call access to his computer. The victim then stated the unknown attendant asked him to input his bank account information. The victim then realized he was being scammed and shut down his computer.

 

Car chase ends in arrest

A man lead police on a high speed car chase exceeding 90 miles per hour down River Watch Parkway in what was later discovered to be a stolen vehicle.

Police en route to a robbery call were advised the suspect was driving a white Ford F-150 towards Bobby Jones Expressway around 3 a.m. last week, according to the incident report.

When the vehicle was located by police, it failed to stop and reached speeds up to 95 mph with police in pursuit. During that time, the driver, later identified as Bryant Joe Nelson, 23, failed to maintain lane, passed several vehicles in a no-passing zone and drove the wrong direction into on-coming traffic.

Police deployed a spike strip at Stevens Creek Road, causing one of the tires to deflate, bringing the vehicle to a halt.

Nelson was taken into custody and it was discovered the vehicle belonged to the city of Wrens and had been stolen.

Further investigation revealed no robbery had taken place, according to the incident report, and the complainant who called dispatch was being followed by Nelson after the the complainant refused to give him $5.

Nelson was booked into the Columbia County Detention Center and charged with driving while unlicensed, failure to maintain lane, passing in a no-passing zone, reckless driving, fleeing or attempting to elude police, theft by receiving stolen property.

 

Student tried to sell stolen gun

A Grovetown High School student was arrested after attempting to sell a stolen firearm.

Police were called to the 200 block of Palamon Drive in Grovetown after the homeowner said he discovered a firearm was missing, according to the incident report. The man told police only one person, a juvenile, had access to the cabinet where the gun was stored.

Police went to the juvenile's school at Grovetown and questioned the juvenile about the firearm. The juvenile told police he did take the gun with the intention of taking it to Creekside Drive in Grovetown to sell it. The juvenile added that when he met with Isaiah Jamal Baker, 17, and three others, they stole the gun from the juvenile.

The juvenile was transported to the youth detention center. Baker was also arrested in a separate incident for stealing and charged with theft by taking.

 

Women arrested for fraud

Two women were arrested at an Evans bank for attempting to receive a several-thousand-dollar cash advance by fraudulent means.

Police were called to South State Bank on Ronald Reagan Drive in Evans around 3:30 p.m. Friday in reference to possible fraud, according to the incident report.

Employees identified a woman inside the branch as one who was suspected of being involved with previous fraudulent transactions in the area. The bank received emails earlier in the day about the fraud transactions, along with pictures of the female subject.

Police were told by employees Blanca Estela Velasquez-Olvera, 26, attempted to get a cash advance of $5,000. The employees also informed authorities the woman came with another female, Leslie Luvina Alvarez, 33, who was waiting outside the bank in a vehicle with a Flordia license plate.

Both Velasquez-Olvera and Alvarez were taken to the Columbia County Detention Center and were each charged with larceny-theft by deception.

 

Man victim of phone scam

A Grovetown man fell victim to a telephone scam after he believed an unknown caller who told him he would receive several thousand dollars from the government.

The victim told police a caller from an unknown number claimed to be from a company and advised the victim he would receive $14,000 from the government for having a clean record, according to the incident report.

The caller told the victim they needed his debit card information. The victim told police while he was suspicious, he provided the debit card information anyway. The victim told police he was contacted twice more and was told he needed to wait 24 hours before checking his bank account.

The victim called the police when he called to check his account and discovered a $39 transaction he had not made.

 

Woman falls for Apple scam

A woman was scammed out of thousands of dollars after falling victim to a telephone and computer scam.

The victim told police she received an email from an unknown person claiming to be from Apple computers, and they were trying to change her password. The victim told police she looked up the phone number for Apple on Google and called (512) 674-2000. The victim then gave the unknown male attendant on the other end of the line access to her computer. At the time the man told the victim she needed to pay $399 for an Apple protection plan.

The victim provided the man with her card number.

The following day, the man called the victim back and told her they could not upload the software and they would need the victim to purchase a $400 iTunes giftcard and call them back at (877) 346-1571 for them to send her the new computer.

After the victim called the 877 number and supplied the giftcard numbers, she stated her computer started to run slow and not work properly.

The victim later discovered that all of her personal information had been obtained through her computer. She later discovered $200 taken from her PayPal account and $3,800 charged to her Mastercard. An attempt to take another $100 from her American Express account was blocked.

The hackers also gained access to the victim's Xfinity telephone and was having calls transferred to a Lockhart, Texas number. The victim's telephone account was eventually restored and all other accounts were closed.

 

Man arrested for robbery

A man attempted to steal several vehicles from two different Martinez residences, including a fire truck, before being arrested.

Police said Kurt Brandon Kulling, 29, entered Columbia County Fire Rescue headquarters on Desoto Drive by unknown means around 9 p.m. Saturday, according to the incident report.

Kulling entered a Ford F-250 parked inside the department's garage and moved it to a different location inside the garage, unable to get the vehicle outside. Kulling then entered a fire truck, but was unable to start the engine. A fire rescue employee said he heard the air compressor go off and went outside to check on it when he saw Kulling in the fire truck. At that time, Kulling then exited the fire truck and ran out of the fire station, and attempted to enter a third vehicle, which was locked.

Kulling then fled the scene on foot to a Tallman Drive residence, where he began rummaging through the homeowner's vehicle parked in the driveway, according to the incident report.

The homeowner and two others confronted Kulling and asked him what he was doing, to which Kulling replied "police buisiness."

The homeowner asked Kulling to see his "badge" at which time Kulling showed him his driver's license.

The homeowner attempted to take Kulling's wallet out of his hand before Kulling fled.

Police responded to the residence and later found Kulling two houses down, hiding in the bushes.

Kulling was arrested for wilful obstruction of law enforcement offcers and robbery in one incident, and interference with government property and second degree burglary in the second incident.

 

Men arrested for firing gun

Two men were arrested for discharging a firearm in a crowded park over the holiday weekend.

Robert Lee Anderson, 32, of Hephzibah and Michael Anthony Walker Jr., 31, of Augusta, were charged with reckless conduct after firing a handgun into the water at Lake Springs Recreation area in Appling.

Police responded to the area Sunday after several calls were made from people who said that two males had discharged the firearm into the water with patrons, many of which were children, swimming as close as 10 yards away, according to the incident report. The report stated mutiple witnesses saw the pair fire the shots and upon arrival, police located several shell casings in the area the witnesses reported the shots were fired.

Police stated the suspects were under the influence of alcohol and one suspect was recorded admitting to firing the shots, and apologizing for doing so, while handcuffed in the back of a patrol car, according to the report.

Woman gets boyfriend arrested

A woman who called police claiming she had been assaulted by her boyfriend, later admitted she contacted authorities out of spite, knowing her boyfriend had a warrant out for his arrest, after she said she caught him cheating on her.

Police stated that when they arrived on scene in the 200 block of Pin Court, they discovered the complainant, Lorie Clayton, laying on the couch smoking a cigarette and the man she said assaulted her, John Davis, sleeping in the recliner.

Clayton told police she and Davis had gotten into an argument because she caught him cheating and that Davis punched her twice on her left cheek, according to the report. Davis denied the accusation and told police they talked about the incident, but he would never hit a woman. Police also stated that there were no signs of a struggle and no marks or bruises on either Davis or Clayton.

Police said Clayton gave conflicting stories and eventually recanted her original statement, and admitted she "lost her cool" and was shoving Davis in the shoulder to get him to confess to cheating on her. She later told police that "she also knew he had a warrant so out of spite, she called the sheriff's office," the report stated. No charges were filed against Clayton or Davis. However police did discover an active warrant was open for Davis, so he was transported to the Columbia County Detention Center for probation violation.

 

Woman found crying on road

A woman with a laceration over her eye was found walking down a Martinez Road, crying.

Police responded to a trouble with subject call on South Belair Road, when they located the female victim walking and crying, according to the incident report. The woman told police she had been in a car with an acquaintance named Derick, when he demanded she give him pills. The woman said she refused and when Derick attempted to grab her purse, she pulled her purse back and accdientally elbowed him in the side. The woman said Derick then punched her in the forehead and snatched her purse. That was when the woman said she got out of the car and Derick drove away.

The woman told police she was unsure if Derick was the man's actual name or a nickname and said she would prosecute if a subject was identified.

 

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Sweet son

Hacker Scam

I've had that same message come up on my computer and didn't follow the instructions. I simply booted the computer and had no ill effects from the scam attempt. I am not saying this is the thing to do for everyone but a hard boot bailed me out at least twice.

This group of incidents in the Police Blotter must be a record. There are normally only 2 or 3 but the shear number here takes the cake.