The following accounts were taken from reports filed with the Columbia County Sheriff's Office.
Waffle irons taken
Two waffle irons valued at more than $1,000 were reported stolen from the Golden Corral in Martinez on Dec. 11 by someone posing as a waffle iron service representative, records showed.
Jennifer Christine Moen, an associate manager for the Bobby Jones Expressway restaurant, said someone entered the business Nov. 15 posing as an employee of the business Tastee Fare and wanted to pick up the irons for service, according to a sheriff's office report.
Moen said she wasn't suspicious because Tastee Fare periodically services the restaurant's equipment. Then, on Dec. 11, she called the business and was told that none of its employees had visited her restaurant. The case is considered theft by taking.
Man arrested for fraudulent refunds
A 21-year-old Augusta man was arrested Dec. 10 for allegedly cashing in on fraudulent returns at the Wal-Mart in Martinez.
Timothy Juan Elmore of the 3500 block of Biltmore Place was charged with fraudulent attempt to obtain refunds. His bond was set at $2,100, according to jail records.
Reports stated that Elmore had returned a DVD player valued at $169 on June 4 and a cordless phone valued at $129 on Aug. 5. The items had been purchased with stolen checks at another Wal-Mart, according to reports.
Elmore was arrested after being seen inside the store Dec. 10.
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