The following accounts were taken from reports filed with the Columbia County Sheriff's Office.
A Columbia County employee reported Oct. 6 that someone altered the payment information and amount of two checks written from the county's Water and Sewerage Services Department account.
A budget accountant with Columbia County's Finance Department discovered the two checks while balancing the department's account. She found that two checks, originally written to Medallion Construction in the amounts of $50 and $82.94, had been altered, according to the incident report.
When the bank received the checks, they had been changed to total $12,269.21 and were made out to two different addresses in Atlanta, according to the incident report.
The incident is under investigation, but no arrests have been made, Columbia County Sheriff's Office Capt. Steve Morris said.
Safe is reported stolen
An elderly Evans couple told police that four men stole a locked safe from their home Thursday while claiming to be roof inspectors.
An 88-year-old man and his 85-year-old wife said the four men came to their home on North Belair Road on Thursday between 4:30 and 5 p.m. to inspect roof work.
The couple later realized their safe was missing after talking to two of the men.
The safe contained $5,000 in cash and an unknown amount of coins, according to the incident report. The homeowner said he realized something was wrong when the men left and he saw a bedspread from his house in the back of their vehicle, the incident report stated.
Credit card theft
An Appling man realized something was wrong Thursday when he received a receipt for a convertible vehicle top that he said he never purchased.
The 57-year-old man told police Friday that someone used his credit card for the purchase.
The man said he received a receipt from Cabrio World for a Porsche Boxer convertible top, which was charged on his credit card but shipped to a man in St. Augustine, Fla., according to the sheriff's office incident report.
After checking his online account, the man discovered two more unauthorized purchases totaling nearly $1,700, the report stated.
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