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Police blotter

Posted: September 27, 2017 - 1:08am

Man returns to jail

A man was returned to the Columbia County Detention Center shortly after being released.

Police said Jason Wheatley was picked up from the Columbia County Detention Center early Friday morning by the victim, who attempted to return Wheatley to his residence, but he refused.

The victim told police that Wheatley refused to get out of the vehicle and threatened to "kick the truck into pieces," if the victim took him home, according to the incident report.

The victim then said Wheatley slapped her and took the wheel in an effort to harm her and a child in the vehicle. The victim continued to drive until she saw a police vehicle parked at a store. The victim went inside the store and Wheatley followed, while being verbally abusive to the victim.

A witness at the store told police he heard a man screaming at a woman with a child and when they went to the back of the store, the man continued to yell at the victim. The witness also told police he saw Wheatley hit the victim with a shopping cart, and at that time, the witness told Wheatley to leave the store.

Police said they noticed a mark and redness on the victim's face. Wheatley was arrested and returned to the Columbia County Detention Center charged with simple battery, family violence.

Foiled by staff

A man caught concealing items wrapped in aluminum foil to bypass security monitors was arrested and linked to a variety of other thefts from an Evans store over the past month.

Police responded to reports of shoplifting at Lowe's on Washington Road in Evans Sunday. A store employee told police he observed on surveillance video Gabriel Thomas Padgett, 43, take multiple items to the insulation area of the store and remove the items from their packaging.

Padgett then wrapped the items in aluminum foil to prevent the detection of the anti-theft devices in the items, and placed the items in his pants, according to the incident report. Padgett then left the store without paying.

Police confronted Padgett outside the store at which time he began to remove the items from his pants.

After Padgett was identified by police, loss prevention employees were able to identify Padgett as the unknown subject seen on surveillance in several other instances over the past month.

Employees said they were not able to file a report unless the subject was identified. Padgett was seen shoplifting a number of times taking a variety of items, including a Dewalt 4-tool kit.

Padgett is facing two felony counts of theft by shoplifting and four counts of misdemeanor theft by shoplifting.

 

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