The following accounts were taken from reports filed with the Columbia County Sheriff's Office.
Trolling motor stolen
A Martinez man discovered the trolling motor missing from his boat only a day before a motor was stolen off a boat at a Grovetown residence.
Fred Bagon Cook, 47, of Martinez, noticed the trolling motor missing from his boat while mowing his yard Aug. 25, according to a Columbia County Sheriff's Office incident report.
The following day, a 50-horsepower motor was taken from a boat parked outside a Grovetown residence.
Cook told deputies that he has no idea who took the motor but does intend to prosecute if a suspect is identified.
Three Columbia County residents had expensive riding lawnmowers stolen in the past week.
Michael K. Conlon, 46, of Evans, discovered his $1,200 riding lawn mower, a $100 gas weedeater, a $120 chain saw and two sets of Ping golf clubs stolen from an unlocked detached shed Thursday, according to a Columbia County Sheriff's Office incident report.
A $900 riding lawn mower also was stolen Thursday from under the back porch of an Appling home owned by Jimmy Lloyd Ramsey, 50, of Evans, a police report stated.
Another riding mower, worth $1,500, was taken from outside another Appling home, Vernon Lee Harris, 43, reported to police.
Employee stole car
An employee of a Martinez car dealership left the lot with the car and had not returned as of Friday, police said.
Edward William Ernst, a manager at Budget Car Sales in Martinez told police that an employee was allowed to take a 2002 Kia Spectra for 1 1/2 hours and return to work last Wednesday, according to a Columbia County Sheriff's Office incident report.
When the employee did not return to the car lot, at 3869 Washington Road, Ernst said he contacted the worker, who refused to return the $12,000 vehicle, the report stated.
The vehicle was entered into the sheriff's office computer as stolen, and Ernst said he will prosecute if the employee is located.
Liquid on car
An Evans woman found a liquid surprise on her car early last Wednesday morning.
Ella Mae Brinson, 64, of Evans, found the windows and front bumper of her Lincoln Town Car, which was parked outside her home, covered with an undetermined liquid substance early last Wednesday morning, according to a Columbia County Sheriff's Office incident report.
Although there was no visible damage to the vehicle, it cost Brinson $20 to clean it, the report stated.
Guns missing after burglary
After burglars broke into a Grovetown home last week, they headed to the garage.
Penny Rae Corbin, 38, of Grovetown, came home from work and discovered the door to her garage and the interior door leading into the home pried open, a Columbia County Sheriff's Office incident report stated.
Nothing was taken from inside the home, but guns were stolen from the attached garage, she told deputies. A .25-caliber semi-automatic pistol, a 20-gauge shotgun and a 12-gauge pump shotgun were missing. Both shotguns had the owner's name engraved on the stock.
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