Credit card theft
Two people were indicted by a grand jury on a charge of using a stolen credit card to buy golf carts from two local dealers in July.
Sparkle Desiree Dowdy, 26, of the 1900 block of Central Avenue in Augusta, was indicted on charges of criminal attempt to commit theft and giving a false name after, authorities say, she tried to pick up the second of two golf carts bought with a stolen credit card from Transportation Solutions of Augusta at 692 Commerce Court in Evans, according to grand jury indictments released last week.
The same credit card was used to buy two carts a week earlier from J&M Golf Carts at 690 Industrial Park Drive in Evans.
Danford Tyrone Tucker was charged with two counts of theft by taking, criminal attempt to commit theft and giving false statements.
The two were released on bond in July, according to jail personnel.
Three Augusta men were indicted on several charges after authorities say they were caught breaking into a Martinez business.
A grand jury indicted Brian Demeaith Tate, 29; Carles Duvall Simmons, 34; and Demetrius Lamar Simmons, 35, on charges of criminal attempt to commit burglary and possession of tools for the commission of a crime.
Police say they caught the men trying to pry open the back door of the Zaxby's restaurant at 3909 Washington Road in August, according to an indictment.
Tate and Carles Simmons, not related, were charged with burglary in connection with a February break-in at the McDonald's restaurant at 4264 Washington Road, according to the indictment. Demetrius Simmons was also charged with giving a false name.
Tate was released from the Columbia County Detention Center after posting bond. Demetrius Simmons is being held without bond, according to jail personnel.
The following accounts were taken from reports filed with the Columbia County Sheriff's Office:
Telephone wire cut
A Martinez man told police Tuesday that four telephone wires were damaged at his home. The man, who lives in the 200 block of West Wynngate Drive, said someone entered his property and cut the wires leading to his transformer. The case is considered criminal trespass.
Theft of signs
A Martinez neighborhood security guard told police Wednesday that someone took two street signs from the West Lake subdivision.
The man said he saw a red golf cart turned on its side in the 3000 block of Pebble Beach Drive and two men running.
He said an orange traffic barrel was found in the bed of the cart, along with two street signs marked Medinah Drive and Pebble Beach Drive.
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