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Police blotter

Posted: September 19, 2017 - 11:49pm

Student hacked into computer

A Columbia County student is facing punishment after hacking into a lunchroom computer and fraudulently adding money to his account.

According to the incident report, video surveillance showed the student using the staff-only computer around 7:30 p.m. Sept. 13, to make the change to his account. The student was brought to the office the next morning and he openly admitted to making the changes to his lunchroom account.

The student told police he got the idea from his cousin, and used the username and password of the employee who noticed the changes.

The student's parents were contacted and agreed to pay the charged amount in lieu of the school pressing charges and the school would discipline the student.

 

Police seek two suspects

Police are looking for two subjects believed to have played a role in a string of vehicle break-ins in Evans last week and who attempted to strike an officer with a vehicle while fleeing the scene.

Police responded to multiple calls of break-ins in the area of Creekside Drive near Flowing Creek Drive.

Around 3 a.m., police were patrolling the 700 block of Creekside Drive looking for two unknown subjects who were reportedly looking into vehicles, according to the police report.

While the deputies were walking the area on foot near Greenbrier Avenue, two unknown subjects were seen walking from a Creekside Drive residence. The deputies said they observed a black male subject enter the driver side of the car parked at the end of Greenbrier Avenue near the dumpsters, according to the incident report.

The deputies, who stated they were easily seen in a well lit area with flashlights engaged, attempted to flag the vehicle down and stop it. However, the vehicle swerved into one of the deputies, but missed hitting him.

Deputies were able to gain a description of the driver, who was described as a black male wearing glasses, a blue shirt, with thick black hair. The vehicle was also described as a dark colored sedan with a blue drive-out tag. The second subject was not found.

 

Man arrested twice in 2 days

Police arrested a man twice in two days after being told multiple times to not to have contact with his ex-girlfriend.

The victim called police around 7 p.m. Sept. 11 and told police Robert Phipps, 50, came onto her property without permission. She stated Phipps entered an unlocked shed in her front yard and when Phipps was asked to leave, he refused and began shouting profanities, according to the incident report.

Upon arrival, police discovered Phipps attempting to hide inside an SUV parked in front of the residence. Phipps ignored several requests by police to exit the vehicle, according to the report, and he continued to be uncooperative.

Police stated Phipps showed signs of intoxication, including bloodshot eyes, slurred speech and difficulty walking. When asked, Phipps told police he arrived at the victim's residence "walking through the woods."

Police said Phipps continued to be uncooperative during transport and upon arrival at the Columbia County Detention Center. Phipps was charged with disorderly conduct.

Phipps made contact with the victim the next day via a phone call in which the victim told police he said "I'm coming for you," according to a separate incident report. Police attempted to make contact with Phipps, but were unsuccessful. The victim said Phipps has been asked not to contact her, but he continues to.

 

Evans woman scammed

An Evans woman told police she was scammed out of several hundred dollars while attempting to apply for a loan online.

The victim told police she applied for the loan using the website, Lenders.com.

Once the victim's application was processed, an employee named Allen Walker told her the monthly payment would be $298 and she would have to make the first payment of $300 up front using iTunes gift cards, according to the incident report.

The victim purchased three $100 gift cards and called Walker back with the card numbers. The victim then stated Walker told her there was a "red flag on the account" and the victim would need to pay an additional $485 for the loan to be approved.

When Walker asked for more money, the victim told police she requested a refund, which Walker refused.

 

2 men charged in fight

Two employees of a Martinez restaurant were involved in a fight in the parking lot of the business after one man said he felt disrespected when he was bumped into.

According to the incident report, Linares said Beasley, both of whom are employed at Golden Corral, became upset when he bumped into him on accident inside the restaurant. Linares told police he tried to apologize to Beasley, but instead Beasley told him "let's take this outside."

Police charged both Linares and Beasley with disorderly conduct.

 

Appling church robbed

An Appling church was broken into and robbed last week.

Police received the call last week to reports of burglary and forced entry at Dunns Chapel United Methodist Church.

According to the incident report, an unknown person kicked open a side door to the church and rummaged through numerous desk drawers, and also took a flat screen TV.

Police stated shoeprints were seen on the door. Investigators who responded to the scene continue the investigation, according to the report.

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