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Police blotter

Posted: October 25, 2017 - 1:09am

Shoplifters sought

The Columbia County Sheriff's Office is seeking to identify two men in connection to shoplifting at a local store on Columbia Road last weekend.

The sheriff's office states two subjects entered the Kroger on Columbia Road at 8 p.m. on Oct. 15, selected crab legs, shrimp, steaks, brisket, beer and other merchandise, valued at more than $500, and exited the store without paying.

Anyone with information can contact Investigator Joe Baker from the Criminal Investigations Division at (706) 541-1044.

Woman throws tantrum at daycare

A woman was arrested after screaming and yelling curse words in front of several small children at a local daycare when employees refused to allow her to take her child, due to a custody order.

Police were called to Evans Towne Center Boulevard in reference to disorderly conduct and found several witnesses to confirm the employee's report, according to the incident report.

Police said Branddy Briggs was aggressive and refused to leave the daycare center after police arrived on scene.

Briggs was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and transported to the Columbia County Detention Center.

Belk stops shoplifter

The newly opened Belk was victimized after an attempted shoplifting was reported to police last week.

According to the incident report, a Belk employee recognized Olivia Goforth and Stephanie Jones from a previous shoplifting incident at the store two days prior. The employee followed the two with surveillance video and observed them fill a shopping cart with various items and enter the women's changing room.

Goforth eventually exited the changing rooms with several plastic bags with the merchandise and attempted to leave the store, passing all points of sale, according to the incident report.

The employee told police he was concerned Goforth would struggle with him so he confronted her at the front of the store before she could exit. After being confronted, Goforth dropped the bags and yelled "I can't go to jail."

Police stopped Jones and a second female in a vehicle that left the scene.

The pair told police they did not know Goforth had intended to shoplift. Police issued a warning to both in the car not to return to Belk, or they would be arrested.

The merchandise in Goforth's bag totaled $791.49. Goforth was charged with shoplifting and transported to the Columbia County Detention Center.

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