The following accounts were taken from reports filed with the Columbia County Sheriff's Office.
Squad car damaged
Columbia County Sheriff Deputy Russell Jay Canterbury found damage to his county-issued police car while he was working an off-duty assignment at the Rack and Grill on Old Petersburg Road in Martinez.
In a Columbia County police report, Canterbury estimated that $400 worth of damage had been done to the white Ford Crown Victoria between 8 p.m. Monday night and 2 a.m. Tuesday morning while it was parked outside the Rack and Grill. The car's radio antenna was bent and there was a dent near the bottom of the front passenger-side door, the report said. No witnesses saw anyone damaging the vehicle.
A German shepherd died after being poisoned while the owner was away, a Columbia County police report said.
Stanley Craig Dallas, 38, told police that someone had entered his back yard near his dog kennel Dec 21. The next day he found that his German shepherd was ill. On Dec. 23, he took his dog to Martinez Animal Hospital, where it died about two hours later, the report said.
The doctor told Dallas that the dog was poisoned, the report said.
Man caught in stolen van
A blue Admiral Steamer van was taken from the driveway of a home on the 3700 block of Murray Road.
Jill Garrison Carroll, 45, owner of the Admiral Steamer franchise in Evans, told Columbia County officials that shortly after midnight Dec. 23 she saw a white male wearing a white baseball cap and a dark long-sleeved shirt get into the vehicle and drive away. The van was parked at the rear of the residence in a locked parking lot.
The report said that the man had forced his way into the front door of the garage in the rear of the residence and took a key from a key box hidden at the residence. The Richmond County Sheriff's Office later spotted and stopped the vehicle on Interstate 20 heading eastbound near the South Carolina state line.
The man police say was driving the stolen vehicle, Billy Brian Segars, was charged withburglary and theft by taking a motor vehicle, the report said. Segars told the police that he was having chest pains and was taken by ambulance to Doctors Hospital. The report said that Segars was treated for chest pains and was later released to the Columbia County Detention Center.
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