The following accounts were taken from reports filed with the Columbia County Sheriff's office.
Gas and jerky theft
An unknown man stole gas and food from Martinez Circle K in the early morning hours last Tuesday. A store clerk told a Columbia County Sheriff's deputy the man pumped $16.86 worth of gas into a red Mitsubishi Eclipse and then entered the store. Once inside, the same man took a Slim Jim off the counter and ate it in the restroom, according to the clerk. Then the man walked out of the store, entered his car and departed without paying for the gas or Slim Jim.
A man took three cases of beer from the Sprint Foods convenience store on Washington Road in Martinez. The clerk reported to police that a man entered the store and commented on how cheap the beer was. According to the incident report, the man then took the three 24-packs of Budweiser without paying and fled in a blue Toyota with another unknown man at the wheel.
According to a Columbia County Sheriff's Office incident report, a repossession man was nearly run over by the car he was trying to repossess.
The repo man, Aaron James Paris of the 200 block of West Hendricks Street, Thomson, told deputies that he arrived at a location on New Petersburg Drive in Martinez to repossess 2002 Mitsubishi Galant belonging to Ryan Bennett.
The incident, which took place about 4 a.m. Jan. 5 worsened when Bennett walked out of his apartment and told Paris that he wasn't taking the car. The report said the driver of the repo truck, listed only as Mr. Turner, attempted to block the Mitsubishi with the truck. However, Bennett managed to drive around the truck and attempted to leave with the car. Paris told deputies that he was standing in front of the car when Bennett drove straight at him and he had to jump out of the way.
A 17-year-old Evans girl told police her 1994 black Honda Civic was vandalized Jan. 4 outside a residence on the 1000 block of Waltons Pass.
The girl said that she parked her car in front of the residence about 6:30 p.m. and returned about 11 p.m. According to the police report, the girl found peanut butter on both door handles, dog food on the roof and an unidentified pink liquid substance sprayed all over the vehicle.
A riding instructor from Grovetown, Jessica Marie Griffin, reported to the Columbia County Sheriff's Office that an unknown person(s) cut the tail off of an 1,100-pound quarterhorse named Trooper. The incident took place at Canterbury Trails in Grovetown.
Not so fun
Funsville Fun Park and Arcade was vandalized last week.
Funsville general manager Richard Gregg Wentzky reported to the sheriff's office that someone damaged several items at the fun park. Damaged items included eight bumper boat tubes cut, two fire extinguishers discharged, the windmill house damaged, a statue damaged, four custom outdoor speakers torn from the ground and thrown into the water that surrounds the golf course, plumbing damaged in the pump house, two signs damaged and torn from the ground, one sign torn from its post, trash and trash cans placed in the water that surrounds the golf course, irrigation system wiring damaged and more.
Wentzky estimated the damage at $6,000. A black fabric hat was found at the scene and taken as evidence.
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