The following accounts were taken from reports filed with the Columbia County Sheriff's Office:
Evans woman reports salesman scam
An Evans retiree called police Friday and said a man posing as a salesman schemed to steal her purse.
The 83-year-old woman said that a man presenting himself as a tile salesman knocked on her front door at about 2 p.m. and attempted to sell her tile. The man asked for a glass of water and followed the woman to the kitchen to get it.
The woman said that when she left the kitchen, she saw a female, who claimed to work with the salesman, standing in her living room. After about 15 minutes, both people left in a black car.
A few hours later, the woman went to her purse for money and discovered it missing, along with $600 cash and her checkbook and Social Security card.
Man reportedly burglarized
A Grovetown woman called police Thursday morning after her brother said he was burglarized.
The woman told police she heard a loud crashing sound at about 4:20 a.m. and found the door to her brother's home across the street standing open. She walked over to the home and found that it had been burglarized.
The woman's brother told police he was sleeping on his sofa when he was awakened by the crashing sound and quickly realized he was being held down by a man he didn't know. The man said his attacker grabbed a pair of his pants of the floor and ran out the front door.
The man said he had $300 cash in the pants pocket. Police found a footprint on the door and a broken door jam. The man said his attacker wore a hooded sweatshirt and kept his face hidden.
Hose nozzle used in pickup break-in
An Appling man said Sunday that someone broke into his pickup using a garden hose nozzle.
The man said that sometime between midnight and 9 a.m. someone manipulated the antenna of his Chevrolet 2500 truck to reach into the cracked passenger window. When that effort failed, the nozzle end of a hose and garden sprayer was used to unlock the truck.
The man said the thieves took his wallet, containing $1,100 cash, a Visa card and two MasterCards, and did $300 in damage to the truck by chipping the paint, making small dents and ripping the rain/window deflector off the window.
Martinez-Columbia Fire and Rescue Activity Report for the week of April 16-22:
Structure fires, four; woods fire, one; grass fires, three; vehicle fires, three; controlled burns, six; fire alarms, nine; carbon monoxide, one; medical calls, six; rescue calls, 11; investigations, three; and public service, three.
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