Pawnshop burglary arrest
Columbia County authorities arrested an Augusta man Friday in connection with the burglary of a Martinez pawnshop this past week.
Police arrested Noah Hoffman Grego Olliff, 20, of the 3000 block of Angela Street, after evidence was found at the scene of the Thursday's burglary at Crackshot Loans, 3739 Washington Road in Martinez, sheriff's Capt. Steve Morris said.
Deputies responded to an alarm at the shop at 5:40 a.m. and they found the front window and several glass display cases inside had been shattered, according to a sheriff's office incident report. Shop owner Steven Wayne Williford told police that four guns, valued at a total of more than $1,000, were missing - a .38 Special revolver, a 9 mm pistol, a .380-caliber handgun and a MiniMax .45-caliber handgun, according to the report.
Morris said evidence led to a search warrant Friday for the search of Olliff's home and vehicle, where two of the guns were found. Olliff had sold the other two guns, which were located Monday, Morris said.
Olliff was taken to the Columbia County Detention Center n Friday and charged with burglary. He was released Saturday after posting a $10,100 bond, according to jail records.
Business owner reports money taken
The owner of a Martinez motorcycle shop told police Friday that man who offered to help him purchase an antique motorcycle stole $150 and never produced a motorcycle for the shop owner.
The owner of The Motor-cycle Palace at 4138 Wheeler Road told police a man he didn't know called him and said he had access to an antique motorcycle, according to a sheriff's office incident report. The business owner arranged to send the man $150 via Western Union.
The owner said the man was supposed to buy the motorcycle and return it to him. Instead, he said the man took the $150 and disappeared, according to the report.
Metal stolen from Grovetown man
A Grovetown man told police someone stole $400 worth of metal from his property sometime last week.
The man said someone drove into his yard between Aug. 15 and Friday and stole 300 pounds of unstripped copper wire and 100 pounds of 3-foot-by-2-foot aluminum sheets from behind a building, according to the sheriff's office incident report.
The man said that nothing else from his home or property seemed to be missing and that none of his neighbors heard or saw anyone on his property, the report stated.
Jewelry reported stolen from Martinez home
A Martinez woman told police someone broke into her home Friday and stole more than $7,500 worth of jewelry.
The woman said someone forced open the front door between 10:15 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. and went to her bedroom, where several pieces of jewelry were missing, according to an incident report.
The woman reported that the missing jewelry consisted of a gold bracelet, a gold ring, a pair of diamond earrings and a diamond wedding set, worth a total of $7,800, the report stated. The items were taken from her jewelry box, which was hidden in her dresser.
Police found damage to the front door frame, but determined it was not new damage and could not determine how or with what the door was damaged, the report stated.
Martinez Fire Department Activity Report for the week of Aug. 14-20:
Structure fires, two; woods fire, one; grass fire, one; vehicle fires, five; dumpster fire, one; fire alarms, nine; medical calls, 28; rescue calls, six; investigations, five; public service, two; and other, one.
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