The following accounts were taken from reports filed with the Columbia County Sheriff's Office:
Shoplifting try reported at Evans supermarket
Police are looking for two women who tried to steal more than $500 worth of groceries from an Evans supermarket Thursday.
An assistant manager of Kroger, 4355 Washington Road, told police that at about 5:30 p.m. he saw the women position two grocery carts near a display and load both of their carts with groceries. The women placed $542 worth of groceries into shopping bags as they put the items in the carts.
The assistant manager told police the women left when they realized management was watching.
5 cases of beer stolen from Evans home
An Evans woman reported Thursday that five cases of beer were stolen from her open garage.
The Windmill Plantation resident called police after she discovered the theft between 6 p.m. May 22 and 3:30 p.m. May 23.
The resident told police that the three cases of Corona and two cases of Heineken were worth about $150.
Man reports theft of jewelry from his car
An Evans man told police Thursday that someone broke into his car and stole more than $7,500 worth of jewelry.
The 54-year-old man, who is self-employed and travels selling jewelry, said that between 8 p.m. May 23 and 9:50 a.m. Thursday, someone broke into his Toyota Camry.
He said the thief took a 1-carat sapphire ring, priced at $3,500; a 2-carat white gold ring with three diamonds, priced at $3,100; and a Baume & Mercier men's watch, valued at $1,000 .
The rear passenger window of the car had been pried open with a screwdriver, which was left in the car.
Phone held for ransom
A Martinez man told police Thursday that an acquaintance was holding his cell phone for ransom.
The man said he left his Motorola RAZR phone in his friend's car May 12.
The man, 37, said he called his acquaintance, who demanded money to return the phone. The owner said he hasn't been able to make any more contact.
Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue activty report for May 20-26:
Structure fires, two; vehicle fire, one; wood/brush/grass fires, two; controlled/unauthorized burnings, five; other fires, two; activated fire alarms, 13; carbon monoxide detector activation, one; gas line rupture, one; medical incidents, 15; CPR in progress, two; vehicle accidents, 10; investigate various incidents, six; assist citizens, one; and mutual aid/public safety assistance, one.
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