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Police blotter

Posted: July 19, 2017 - 12:06am  |  Updated: July 20, 2017 - 7:05am

Woman charged with false report

A South Carolina woman was arrested after she was seen making purchases she reported as fraudulent transactions.

Police said Tichina Sakara Johnson, 23, discovered her account was in the negative while attempting to withdraw money, according to the incident report. Police later discovered surveillance videos where Johnson was seen at the three locations she claimed the fraudulent transactions had occurred.

Johnson later admitted to the fraud report, and was charged with false report of a crime and booked into the Columbia County Detention Center.

Aldi reports multiple thefts

Employees at a Grovetown grocery store reported multiple thefts by a former employee and her boyfriend.

Police responded to calls for theft by deception at the new Aldi grocery store in Grovetown, where former employee Andrea James and a man identified as her boyfriend, Stephen Gonzalo, had repeatedly returned items for cash they had not purchased.

Man arrested in roadway

Police said they arrested a man for public drunkenness after he was belligerent in the middle of a roadway.

Police found Derrick Rogers on the new River Watch Parkway with an alcoholic beverage and was "obviously intoxicated," according to the incident report.

EMS crews were called to the scene to evaluate Rogers. When he was loaded onto the ambulance, Rogers became irate with EMS employees and refused to follow instructions, and continued to attempt to get up from the stretcher.

Police arrested Rogers and transported him to the Columbia County Detention Center.

Police issue a lookout

A lookout has been issued for a black male suspect who entered the Evans Walmart around 7 p.m. last week. The male is seen on surveillance video selecting dog food, clothing and other household goods, and exiting the store without paying. The suspect left in a black van.

The total cost of items taken was valued at $220.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Columbia County sheriff's Investigator Joe Baker with the Criminal Investigations Division at (706) 541-8441.

Warrant issued for suspect

A Fort Stewart woman has been arrested and another man is wanted for an armed robbery in which a man's shoes and cellphone were stolen.

The victim told police he was walking home early Sunday morning when a vehicle approached him at the intersection of Stevens Creek Road and River Watch Parkway, and asked if he needed a ride, according to the incident report.

The victim said he was giving the driver directions to his house when the driver came to a stop in front of the 3600 block of Phillips Drive, pulled a handgun and pointed it at the victim, telling him to give up anything he had.

The victim gave the man his shoes and cellphone, got out of the car and ran away.

Deputies canvassed the area, but were unable to locate the vehicle or phone.

Three days later, police arrested Jasmine Ke'shera Jackson, 20, in connection with the robbery. Jackson's suspected accomplice, Deonte V. McCullough, 20, of Augusta also has a warrant out for his arrest.

 

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