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Police blotter

Posted: Wednesday, January 30, 2008

The following accounts were taken from reports provided by the Columbia County Sheriff's Office:

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Martinez teen arrested in thefts

A Martinez teen was arrested Saturday after one of his neighbors identified him as the person who broke into his vehicles.

The 15-year-old was taken to the Columbia County Detention Center, where he was charged with entering an automobile, according to jail records. He was then transferred to the Regional Youth Detention Center, where he was being held Monday morning awaiting a detention hearing.

A Halifax Drive resident told police he discovered the dome light on and door ajar on his vehicle at about 12:35 a.m. and heard the door of another vehicle open at 1 a.m. When he went to investigate he said he found the teen exiting his vehicle.

Another Halifax Drive resident said Saturday that someone stole the radio from his vehicle during the night.

The owner said he also caught the teen inside his vehicle. He later identified the teen, who had several items belonging to the victim in his possession.

The teen also is believed to have broken into two other vehicles and stolen a necklace from a neighboring home.

Woman reports home intruder

A Martinez woman called police Saturday, two days after she thinks someone stole her purse from a bedroom while she showered.

The woman told police that while she showered in an upstairs bathroom at about 1:30 a.m. Thursday, she heard a loud noise inside the home. When she went downstairs, she found the kitchen door she'd left ajar was closed and locked and the garage light she'd turned off was on.

The woman said she noticed her Louis Vuitton purse missing from the master bedroom dresser. Keys to her home and vehicle were inside the purse.

Vehicle vandalized

The vehicle of a 17-year-old was reported vandalized to police early Saturday.

The vehicle was parked at an Evans home between 11:30 p.m. Friday and 4:30 a.m. Saturday when the vandalism was discovered. The vehicle was smeared with what appeared to be dog feces, silly string and egg. No other vehicles were damaged.

Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue Activity Report for the week of Jan. 19-26:

Structure fires, two; wood/brush/grass fire, one; vehicle fires, two; controlled/unauthorized burns, three; activated fire alarms, 13; medical incidents, 40; vehicle accidents, nine; investigate various incidents, nine; assist citizens, five; mutual aid/public safety assistance, one; and other, one.



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