Wanted man is arrested in Richmond County
A man who is wanted in Columbia County was arrested by Richmond County authorities Wednesday on charges of theft by deception.
Tyrone Eugene Reid, 37, was arrested on two counts of theft by deception in Augusta in which police say Reid took money by deceptive means from a grocery store on Mike Padgett Highway.
Columbia County sheriff's Capt. Steve Morris said that when Reid is released from the Richmond County jail, he will be transported to Columbia County, where he faces a charge of probation violation and criminal attempt to commit theft by deception.
The theft charge stems from a Jan. 15 incident in which police say Reid bought items at a Columbia County convenience store with a $100 bill and then claimed he was given incorrect change.
Reid was caught on surveillance footage and left the store when the clerk refused to give him more change, Morris said.
Reid is a suspect in four similar incidents that have occurred since Dec. 13, 2004, when a man used the same scam at a Firehouse Subs location and walked out with nearly $100 of the store's money, Morris said.
The following accounts were taken from reports filed with the Columbia County Sheriff's Office:
Simple battery reported at school
A Harlem High School student reported a simple battery incident to police Tuesday after the student said another classmate lifted her shirt.
The students were reportedly in a shop class at 9:40 a.m. at Harlem High, which is located in the 1000 block of Appling Harlem Highway, when the incident occurred. A student said a classmate walked behind her and lifted her shirt with a two-by-four stud. Authorities say the student then struck the classmate.
Authorities contacted Margaret Tutt-Adams, the chief probation officer and manager of Columbia County Juvenile Court, and said the classmate who reportedly lifted the shirt would be charged with simple battery.
Catfish theft reported
An Appling man told police Tuesday that someone continues to trespass on his property, stealing catfish from his private breeding pond.
The man, who lives in the 2000 block of Marshall Road, said someone has cut his fence several times, stealing about 100 catfish.
He also said the person continues to leave beer cans and other items near the pond, a sheriff's office report states.
His property has several "No trespassing" signs posted around it.
The total estimated value of fish taken from the pond is $300.
Criminal damage to property reported
An obscene word was written on a Martinez woman's car Monday, police said.
The woman, who lives in the 100 block of Stone Mill Drive, said someone damaged her car by scratching the word, which wasn't listed in the report, into the paint of her car with an unknown object.
The total estimated amount of damage is $600.
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