The following accounts were taken from reports filed with the Columbia County Sheriff's Office.
Attempted theft by deception
A Harlem woman told police Sept. 29 that a man deceived her after she tried to buy a vintage vehicle online.
The woman, who lives in the 5000 block of Wrightsboro Road, said she and her husband were shopping on eBay when they saw a 1956 Ford Thunderbird for sale.
The woman said the owner, who said he lives in London, wanted $6,000 and asked her to send the money through Western Union to him using a "go-between company" called Square Trade. After she made the payment, she said, she received a confirmation number through e-mail, which she said made her suspicious.
When she called Square Trade, she said, she was told by a company representative they do not send invoices to their customers and they had no record of her transactions. The woman said she then went back to Western Union, which gave her a refund of $6,255.
Water fountain stolen
An Aiken man told police Sept. 29 that someone stole a water fountain designed for the handicapped from a construction site.
The man, who said the fountain belonged to The Shepherd's Church, in the 6000 block of Cobbham Road in Appling, told police that it was not installed and that the construction site was not secure.
The fountain's estimated value is $600.
Car break-in reported
A Martinez woman reported on Thursday the theft of several items from her vehicle, which was in a school parking lot.
The woman, who said her car was parked in the parking lot at Evans Elementary School on Gibbs Road, said someone took her purse, which contained $400.
Jewelry theft reported
An Evans woman said someone stole some jewelry from her home Thursday.
The woman, who lives in the 400 block of Silver Lake Drive, said someone took her three-quarter-carat diamond solitaire ring from her jewelry box.
There were no signs of forced entry into her home. She estimated the ring's value at $10,500.
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