The following accounts were taken from reports filed with the Columbia County Sheriff's Office.
Man sought after girlfriend says he beat, kicked her
An arrest warrant was issued against an Evans man Monday after he brutalized his girlfriend, police said.
Police are seeking Eric Quentin Anderson, 24, after his 22-year-old girlfriend said he beat her early Christmas morning at his Shenandoah Ridge apartment.
Anderson became upset when his girlfriend, a server at the Pizza Joint, drove a male co-worker home. When she arrived at his apartment, Anderson threw her down, repeatedly kicked her in the ribs, punched her in the face and hit her across the knee with a light stick, the woman told deputies.
The woman said Anderson threatened to "mess her up" if she left his residence.
Anderson was not there when a deputy interviewed the woman, but he did speak with the deputy by cell phone. He did not deny his actions and agreed to surrender after speaking with his girlfriend. After speaking with her, however, he did not surrender.
Columbia County Chief Magistrate Wade Padgett issued an arrest warrant against Anderson for battery and false imprisonment.
Police placed the girlfriend's Martinez home on concentrated patrol.
As of Friday morning, Columbia County jailers had no arrest record for the suspect.
Shop owner says employee stole $4,600
A business owner reported to police Tuesday that one of his employees stole more than $4,000.
Grovetown resident James Edmund Beasley, the owner of Evans-based The Boat Center, told deputies he recently found an unauthorized charge to his business from Carroll Tire made by an employee.
That discovery prompted Beasley to check his business accounts, he said, and he discovered 15 checks totaling $4,600 written for petty cash without his permission dating back to January. At least nine of those checks were endorsed by the same employee.
He also found numerous unauthorized payroll checks written to the employee. He was still trying to determine the extent of the payroll check forgeries at the time a police report was written.
The employee, a Martinez woman, had not been arrested as of Friday morning.
Church windows broken during Christmas weekend
Someone threw rocks through the windows of an Appling church during the Christmas weekend.
A Harlem man reported the vandalism to deputies Sunday.
Four windows of Mount Moriah Baptist Church's dining hall were shattered by rocks sometime that weekend. A deputy estimated the damage at $550.
Man says sister borrowed his van, failed to return vehicle
A van borrowed Dec. 6 had not been returned as of Sunday.
A worker for a Martinez transport service told deputies that he allowed his sister to borrow a 1999 Chevrolet Astro with the stipulation that she would return it Dec. 20. She didn't.
The worker said he tried several times to contact his sister, but she had not responded.
Deputies listed the van as stolen.
Shoplifter threatens clerk, takes sneakers from store
After brandishing a box cutter, a woman made off with a pair of Converse sneakers from an Evans shoe store Saturday.
An employee of The Shoe Department at 4459 Washington Road told deputies she saw a woman, accompanied by a man, put the shoes into her purse.
The shoplifter noticed the employee watching her, pulled a box cutter from her purse and left the store with the man.
Afraid for her safety, the employee allowed them to leave.
The couple fled in a gray Pontiac Grand Am, she said.
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