The following accounts were taken from reports filed with the Columbia County Sheriff's office.
Tool thefts continue
A trend of tool and lawn equipment thefts continued with more than $3,000 worth taken in a week.
Gary Wayne Humphreys, manager of Hardy Plumbing Co., told Columbia County Sheriff's Office deputies that three drills and a saw were taken from the bed of a company truck parked at the business at 4192 Frontage Road, Martinez, an incident report stated.
Jerry Allen Werdincamp, of 4107 Spencer St., Martinez, told police a pressure washer that was chained to a boat trailer in his driveway was taken.
A weedeater and accessories were stolen from Martin Francis Silver's carport at 3254 Jacqueline Drive, Appling, an incident report said.
Ray Edgar Centers, 74, of 4474 Cape Cod Dr., Evans, noticed his riding lawn mower missing from his yard.
An air handler and cooler unit for an air-conditioning unit was stolen from an IDK Development construction site at Lot 30 of Bellsprings Court, Martinez, a report stated.
Noisy burglars wake up residents
Two Martinez residents were awakened by burglars trying to break in their homes recently.
The sound of breaking glass woke up Linda Ann Owens, 55, after she had gone to bed. When she followed the noise to the living room, she found a Sony Playstation II game console missing from the entertainment center and a crowbar lying in the middle of the floor, a Columbia County Sheriff's Office incident report said.
When Owens went to the unlocked side door standing open, she saw a white male running away from her home across a neighbor's yard.
Troy Cameron Bigelow, 40, also awoke to the sound of breaking glass at his 3854 Boulder Creek Road home, an incident report stated. He cried out, causing the would-be burglar to flee, leaving a partial 12-pack of beer under the window.
Golf clubs missing from garage
More than $3,000 worth of golf clubs and some jewelry was taken from an Evans man's home.
Clifton Forester, 45, of 895 Deercrest Circle, noticed his golf bag missing from the garage. It contained five Tommy Armour irons, a sand wedge, three other wedges, two Callaway drivers and two Taylor Made woods, said a Columbia County Sheriff's Office incident report.
No entry points for the burglary could be determined, as the home was believed secured at all times.
The Martinez Fire Department responded to the following calls during the week of Sept. 29-Oct. 5: structure fire, one; controlled burns, two; fire alarms, nine; medical calls, 17; rescue calls, five; investigations, seven; public safety assistance, one.
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