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Police blotter

Posted: Sunday, June 06, 2004

The following accounts were taken from reports filed with the Columbia County Sheriff's Office.

Clerks from two local convenience stores told police similar stories Friday of beer snatched off their shelves.

Kenneth Allen Mason, clerk of the Pump N Shop at 4020 Columbia Road in Evans, reported that just before 10 p.m. Friday a man in a white T-shirt and khakis entered the store, took two 18-packs of canned beer from a display cooler and left the store without paying, according to a Columbia County Sheriff's Office report.

Mason said he saw the man get into a white car, possibly a Dodge or Plymouth Neon, that was driven by another person.

Nearly three hours later, Jo Lee Cash, clerk of the Enmark at 221 Bobby Jones Expressway in Martinez, told police that a man in a white T-shirt entered the store and asked if the beer stacked beside the door was for sale, the report stated. When Cash said it was, the man grabbed two cases and ran out to a waiting white passenger car.

Though Cash got the car's tag number, the vehicle could not be located at the time of the report.

A custodian at a local school recently told police that someone stole her gasoline.

Jennette T. Sullivan, a custodian at Lakeside Middle School, told police that at 1 p.m., she went to the school's parking lot and found a rubber hose sticking out of the gas tank of her 1987 Volvo 740 Turbo, according to a Columbia County Sheriff's Office report.

The person responsible stole an undetermined amount of gas from the tank. Sullivan said she would prosecute of the subject was identified, the report stated.

A driver for Augusta Coca-Cola Bottling Co. told police Thursday that someone robber his truck while he worked inside a business.

Johnny R. Munoz, of the 3100 block of Switzer Drive in Augusta, parked his 1987 Coca-Cola truck in front of Liberty National Insurance Co. at 5 p.m. Thursday when he went inside the business to service the vending machines, according to a Columbia County Sheriff's Office report.

He told police that when he returned to the truck at 5:15 someone had broken into the vehicle and stolen an undetermined amount of cash he had collected earlier that day, the report stated.

Munoz said his employer would prosecute if a suspect was identified, the report stated.

Two teens were arrested for burglary Sunday after a a brief chase by Columbia County Sheriff's Office deputies.

Deputy Matt Baxley said that just after midnight Sunday, during a routine security check of Blanchard Park at 4543 Dewey Drive in Martinez, he discovered a 1988 Honda Accord parked unattended, according to a Columbia County Sheriff's Office report. While attempting to locate the driver he saw a teen looking at him from inside a storage building.

Baxley approached the building, but the teen - later identified as Michael Lee Newsome, 18, of the 1300 block of Wendell Lane in Grovetown - ran away and climbed a fence behind the building, possibly with another person, the report stated.

Baxley then heard another teen inside the building. When Baxley told him to come out, the teen ran and Baxley chased him, the report stated. Baxley caught the teen - identified as Mohammad Usman Amjad, 18, of the 2900 block of Wolf Court in Martinez - in the woods behind the building.

Two sheriff's office canine units responded to track Newsome through the woods. The dogs located him in the woods behind the building, the report stated.

The vehicle was towed to the sheriff's office impound lot and both teens were arrested and transported to the Columbia County Detention Center on charges of burglary and obstruction or hindering a law enforcement officer, according to jail records. Amjad also was charged with possession of tools to commit a crime and possession of alcohol by a minor.

Amjad remains in jail on a $14,700 bond Wednesday afternoon. Newsome was released Monday after posting a $11,100 bond, according to jail personnel.

Martinez Fire Department Activity Report for the week of May 23-29:

Structure fires, two; grass fires, three; controlled burns, four; natural gas leaks, one; fire alarms, four; medical calls, 23; rescue calls, three; investigations, one; public service, one; and other, one.


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