The following accounts were taken from reports filed with the Columbia County Sheriff's Office.
Explosive devices found
Two Evans residents reported homemade explosive devices near their home early Saturday morning.
An Evans woman who lives on Sandleton Way told police she heard a noise that sounded like a car backfiring between 1 and 1:30 a.m. Saturday. When she walked outside, she found her neighbor's mailbox destroyed by a homemade explosive device, according to the sheriff's office incident report.
An Evans homeowner who lives on High Point Way told police someone left an explosive device made out of a 2-liter bottle and filled with an unknown liquid in her driveway. The woman told police the device exploded on the ground but caused no property damage, according to the incident report.
Christmas gifts stolen
A Grovetown woman told police someone was inside her home twice Dec. 8 and stole wrapped Christmas gifts.
The woman, who lives on Woodland Road, told police someone entered her home between 6 a.m. Dec. 7 and 6 a.m. Dec. 8 through a kitchen window that she had left open for her dog, according to the incident report. Three bedrooms were ransacked, and a $69 drill and a $169 rotating oven were reported stolen. The woman said both were wrapped as gifts under her Christmas tree.
Less than four hours later, the woman called police again to report that someone had entered her home between 8:30 and 9:50 a.m., although there was no evidence of forced entry, the report stated. She told police her small dog, which she left loose inside the home, was closed in the bathroom when she returned.
The woman said she is unsure if anything was stolen during the second intrusion.
A Martinez woman told police Dec. 8 that someone posing as a police officer called her home twice.
The 68-year-old woman told police she received a call from a man she did not know who claimed he was a police officer at a police station and had a man and a woman wanting to speak to her, according to the incident report.
When the woman asked the person's name and what law enforcement agency he worked for, she said the man didn't answer the question, so she hung up.
Within two minutes, the man called back and asked the woman why she hung up, the report states. When she realized it was the same person, the woman hung up again.
Because the call was blocked, deputies could not use the woman's caller ID system to determine where the call came from, the report stated.
Martinez Fire Department Activity Report for the week of Dec. 5-11:
Structure fires, four; controlled burns, three; fire alarms, seven; carbon monoxide, one; medical calls, 13, rescue calls, nine; investigations, seven; and public service, two.
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