The following accounts were taken from reports filed with the Columbia County Sheriff's office.
Shoplifter chased to Columbia
Two Wal-mart employees tried to foil a shoplifting scheme which attempted to get refunds for stolen merchandise but were led on a chase to Columbia, S.C.
Willie F. James Jr., an employee of the Wal-mart in the 4400 block of Washington Road in Evans, reported Sunday March 17 that he and another employee noticed a man and woman looking at merchandise in the store.
The couple were known to have returned expensive merchandise without receipts to the Wal-mart in the 200 block of Bobby Jones Expressway in Martinez, James told deputies.
James and the other employee, Charles N. Ancrum, watched as the couple took a Panasonic DVD player and left the store without paying.
The two employees followed the couple to the Wal-mart in Martinez, where the couple tried to obtain a refund for the DVD player.
The employees tried to detain the couple, but they ran to their vehicle, a 1994 Ford Crown Victoria with a Carolina license plate. James and Ancrum were hit by the vehicle, causing minor injuries to both.
But the two men chased the couple onto Interstate 20 and to Columbia before halting the pursuit.
Burglars enter home via pet door
An Evans man reported Saturday March 16 that someone entered his home through a pet door and stole several items.
Steven Olczak, a resident of the 4300 block of Marshall Court in Evans, said that a portable AM/FM radio CD player, clock radio, and coins were missing.
He also reported that someone took a watch from his 2001 Dodge Dakota.
Business reports graffiti attack
An Evans insurance company owner reported Monday March 18 that someone wrote graffiti on the rear facade of his business.
Bob Turman of Bob Turman State Farm Insurance in the 200 block of North Belair Road, said that sometime between March 14 and March 18 someone wrote what he termed "gang graffiti" on the rear of his building.
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