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Police blotter

Posted: December 20, 2017 - 2:50am

2 charged for shoplifting

A pair charged with a series of thefts of packages from front porches of several Evans and Grovetown homes were arrested for a separate shoplifting incident over the weekend.

Brandy Alisha Ostrihon, 33, remains in the Columbia County Detention Center after being arrested Saturday at Belk in Evans for a misdemeanor shoplifting offense, unrelated to the suspected porch thefts.

According to the incident report, a loss prevention employee contacted authorities about a possible shoplifting in progress after observing Ostrihon and Phillip Edward Ammons, 42, taking two carts full of merchandise into the dressing rooms.

The pair were in the dressing rooms for approximately 25 minutes, in which time the police arrived on scene.

When Ammons and Ostrihon left the dressing room items were missing from the cart and after a search, authorities discovered the items concealed within their clothing.

Ostrihon was transported to CCDC on a misdemeanor shoplifting charge and a warrant was issued for Ammons, who was not immediately taken into custody due to recent medical procedures, according to the incident report.

Both Ostrihon and Ammons are already facing misdemeanor theft charges after being arrested in September, suspected of several thefts of packages from front porches at the homes of several Evans and Grovetown residents.

Ostrihon remained in the CCDC with a $1,100 bond and is awaiting trial, according to inmate information on the sheriff's office website.

Police seek help in identification

The Columbia County Sheriff's Office's efforts to identify a suspect in connection to check fraud and theft continues this week.

According to a news release from the sheriff's office, an unknown black male deposited two checks into the victim's bank account and then used her lost ATM card to withdraw the money minutes later.

The victim reported that she wrote the PIN on the sleeve of the card and did not realize she lost it until she discovered the two fraudulent transactions.

It is believed the suspect got into a gold 1990's model Mercedes-Benz with a sunroof following the theft.

Anyone with information can contact Investigator Randy Chambers at (706) 541-3901.

Woman calls cops over photo

A woman called police after an ex-boyfriend reportedly posted a nude photo of her on social media.

According to the incident report, the victim told police she recently ended a relationship with the alleged offender. The victim said she sent the man a nude photo of the lower part of her body, but not her face.

The victim said the man then posted the photo on Facebook with her last name attached to the photo. The victim told police she considered the message threatening in nature.

Police read printouts of the messages the victim provided and did not observe any threatening context, according to the report. The victim was advised of the pre-warrant process.

3 students get drug charges

Three Columbia County students are facing charges after they were found in possession with drugs.

In one incident, at Harlem High School a female student was found with two grams of marijuana, and a male student, also at Harlem High School, was found with one gram of marijuana and six Schedule II pills.

In a separate incident, a male student at Greenbrier High School was also found in possession of six schedule II pills.

All three were charged with possession charges and had juvenile complaint forms filed.

 

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