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Police blotter

Posted: July 3, 2017 - 4:14pm

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

Auto break-ins, thefts reported

Two auto break-ins were reported in vehicles parked at an Evans child care center.

Police responded to Child Care Network on Hardy McManus Road around 7:50 a.m. Wednesday to reports of entering auto, according to the incident report.

Two victims stated that the thefts occurred within five minutes while they were inside dropping their children off at the child care center.

Both victims told police similar stories, that their purses and other contents were left on the front passenger seat with the doors locked. The victims said they returned to their vehicles and found the rear, driver side, passenger window shattered and the purse and other valuables had been taken.

The scene was turned over to investigators.

Bomb threat at courthouse

The Columbia County courthouse was evacuated Monday after an employee received a phone call intended for the Appling Courthouse.

An employee in the clerk of court's office told police she received a call from the Appling Courthouse that had been rolled over to their office, due to the courthouse being closed Monday, according to the incident report.

The employee said she heard an unknown male state "Bomb go off at 12, bomb go off at 12," before hanging up the phone, the report stated.

The employee notified her supervisor, who contacted the sheriff's office. The Richmond County Sheriff's Office Bomb Squad responded and cleared the building. The bomb squad was also dispatched to the Appling Courthouse as a precaution. That building was also cleared.

The county's IT department attempted to trace the phone call, but was unsuccessful. The case was turned over to the Columbia County Criminal Investigation Division.

Woman throws red slushie, report says

A woman told police she threw a red slushie at another woman's car in the drive-thru of a Martinez restaurant because she said she felt threatened.

The victim told police she had pulled forward to wait for her food in the drive-thru of Popeye's restaurant when a woman in the car behind her began to yell at her to move her car, according to the incident report.

The woman, later identified as Lakenya Wright, then threw a red slushie at the victim's car before leaving the scene.

A witness at the restaurant corroborated the victim's story. When police contacted Wright about the incident, they stated that she admitted to throwing the slushie because she felt threatened.

The victim was advised of the pre-warrant process to press charges if needed.

Woman reports threats over videos

An Evans woman called police after she said sexually explicit videos of her were being used to ruin her current relationship.

The victim told police that she was contacted by an acquaintance on Facebook, who began sending her the explicit videos of herself, according to the incident report. The victim stated the man also sent the videos to her boyfriend, who lives in Savannah, in an attempt, she said, to ruin their relationship.

The victim told police she recorded the videos some time ago and sent them to her ex-husband, however the man stated he obtained the videos by other means. The man then told the victim that he would begin posting them to the internet.

Due to the nature of the videos, police did not keep copies as evidence. The victim was advised of the pre-warrant process and advised to keep the messages as evidence.

Dog purchase scam reported

A man fell victim to a scam and lost more than $1,000 after attempting to purchase and ship a tea cup Chihuahua from what he believed was a breeder in Las Vegas.

The victim told police that he contacted the breeder via email to adopt one of the puppies, according to the incident report.

The victim was told the puppy cost $470 and he would have to pay with a Moneygram. The victim was told by the breeder that her husband was out of town so the victim needed to change the name on the moneygram.

The victim was advised by the breeder that they had received the payment and that her husband would bring the puppy to the airport to register it to be shipped.

The victim was then asked to send a moneygram for a refundable insurance fee for the shippers in the amount of $962.

The shipping company also had the victim change the name on the moneygram.

The shipping company again contacted the victim and advised he would need to purchase a climate control crate for the dog to be shiped for $620, however the fee would be refunded if the victim decided not to keep the crate.

At this time, the victim became suspicious of the legitimacy of the breeder and the shipping company.

The breeder then contacted the victim, asking for photos of the puppy in its new home. The victim told the breeder he had not received the puppy and that he either wanted a refund or proof that the dog was OK and to have it sent to him immediately.

The victim told police he hasn't heard from either the breeder or the shippers.

Police made contact with a number on the shipping website. A man who answered the phone advised he was not with the company.

The victim stated he would prosecute if a subject was named.

Man says squatters using a residence

A Martinez man called police after learning his step-daughter and her boyfriend had been squatting at a residence he owns when he discoverd they had been selling items out of it.

Police were called to the 4000 block of Flintrock Way around 3 p.m. Tuesday, after the man discovered the couple was selling contents from inside the home, which is currently in foreclosure, on the app LetGo, according to the incident report.

Upon arrival police reported that they saw no signs of forced entry, however the victim told police that the pair knew the back door to the garage easily pushed open.

Police reported that they found blankets, candles and other signs of habitation inside the home. The man said he has custody of his step-daughter's children, because she moves around and lives in different hotels.

Police advised the man to secure the residence and request the neighbors contact them if anyone goes to the residence that's not allowed to be there.

- From staff reports

 

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