The following accounts were taken from reports filed with the Columbia County Sheriff's Office:
Car's owner uses gun to thwart repo man
A repossession agent for a finance company called police Thursday after a man used a gun to prevent the agent from taking his car.
The 34-year-old agent told police that he was trying to repossess a 1997 Acura from a home on Walnut Hill Drive in Evans about 1 p.m. Thursday when the owner confronted him with a pistol. The owner pointed the pistol at the agent and told him to unload the car from a wrecker.
The agent explained who he was and what he was doing.
The owner kept the gun pointed at him, though, so he unloaded the car and left.
Shoplifting suspect is stopped inside Wal-Mart
A McDonald's employee ran away from the Evans Wal-Mart after being stopped last week trying to shoplift, police said.
The manager of the store at 4469 Washington Road said he saw a 29-year employee of the in-store restaurant conceal nearly $100 worth of merchandise inside her workplace Nov. 7.
The manager said the woman put the clothes, toys and DVDs inside a few Wal-Mart bags and tried to leave.
The worker was stopped and detained by the manager, who said she dropped the merchandise to the floor of the Loss Prevention office and ran out of the store.
Credit card used for Web site, diet items
An Evans High School teacher told police that someone used his credit card to charge more than $550, largely on diet supplies.
The teacher said that on Nov. 6, someone charged $565.70 with his Chase credit card, including $142.80 to a professional Web hosting site and $422.90 to order diet supplies from four dieting sites, including those operated by NutriSystem and the South Beach Diet.
Coin-operated vacuums burglarized overnight
The owners of two Martinez vehicle vacuums called police Thursday to report the machines had been burglarized.
The owner of The Coin Laundry at 444 Old Evans Road said that between 11 p.m. Nov. 7 and 6:50 a.m. Thursday, someone pried open the coin boxes from the two vacuums in the parking lot and stole $150 in coins. The vacuums sustained a reported $450 in damage.
The owner of the Dollar Wash at 3515 Old Petersburg Road told police that Thursday morning, someone broke the coin box of one of his vehicle vacuums and stole change.
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