The following accounts were taken from reports filed with the Columbia County Sheriff's office.
Stolen checkbook recovered
A Martinez woman found a stolen checkbook with personal checks under an azalea bush in her front yard.
Florence B. Hughes, of the 200 block of Tallman Drive, said that at about 7 p.m., March 23 she found a Bank of America checkbook with about 15 checks.
Deputy James Hollingsworth reported that he recognized the checks as having been reported stolen March 18 from a car belonging to Tabitha Wheatley of the 4000 block of Lee Place.
The deputy called Wheatley and told her she could pick up her checkbook at the evidence room.
Firecrackers prompt concern
A Martinez man reported to police that he believes he was the target of retaliation by a group of youths.
Robert A. Oellerich, of the 3100 block of Bobcat Court, Martinez, reported March 23 that someone exploded firecrackers in his front yard at about 10 p.m.
He said he believes the incident was in retaliation for telling a group of youths to leave a pond behind his home. The youths, he said, had been setting off firecrackers at the pond.
Children report trespasser
Three children reported that someone may have tried to enter their home in Martinez while they were home alone.
Sandra K. Wood, of the 400 block of Old Evans Road, reported March 25 that her 13-year-old daughter said she saw someone standing on the front porch about 9:30 p.m. The daughter also said she saw a truck parked nearby.
Wood also reported that her 15-year-old daughter saw the front door knob turn slowly.
Wood, who was not at home at the time, called the sheriff's office and asked that a deputy check out the house. The deputy reported he found no one outside the home.
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