The following accounts were taken from reports from the Columbia County Sheriff's Office. Additional reports are available at www.columbiacountyso.org:
American flag stolen from yard
An Evans man told police Friday that someone stole his American flag Thursday night.
The 60-year-old man said that between 6 and 9 p.m., someone stole the 5-by-8-foot flag from a pole attached to a tree in his front yard.
Woman reports seeing burglar
A Grovetown woman called police Thursday after finding an unlocked door when she returned home.
The 30-year-old said she returned home about 10:40 a.m. after being gone for about 10 minutes, and found her front door unlocked and a pry mark on the door frame. She also said her dog was acting strangely.
She said she was putting away groceries when she heard a strange noise in the back of her home. When she looked down the hallway, she saw someone in a navy hooded sweatshirt going out the back door.
Police found a wallet in the backyard containing a debit card that the woman said came from a dresser drawer inside. She also reported 60 pills of an unspecified medication missing.
Businesses find counterfeit money
Two Columbia County businesses reported receiving counterfeit bills last week.
The manager of the TPS convenience store at 499 Lewiston Road near Grovetown said a woman paid for items with a fraudulent $20 bill about 2:15 p.m. Thursday.
The assistant manager of a Holiday Inn told police Sunday that a bartender found three counterfeit bills in the bar cash register.
The bartender at the hotel, situated at 441 Park West Drive near Grovetown, told the assistant manager that she believes the money was used to pay for bar goods Friday.
Woman hangs up on nosy callers
A Martinez woman called police Saturday to report she had two callers asking for personal information.
The 76-year-old said that about 8:20 p.m., she got a call from a man asking to confirm her bank account information and Social Security number.
The woman said she refused to provide the information and hung up.
A few minutes later, the woman said, a female caller asked her for the same information, which she refused to give out. The woman said neither caller gave a name during the calls.
Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue Activity Report for the week of March 30 to April 5:
Structure fire, one; vehicle fire, one; controlled/unauthorized burn, one; activated fire alarms, 12; medical incidents, 28; vehicle accidents, six; rescue incident, one; investigate various incidents, six; assist residents, two; and mutual aid/public safety assistance, one.
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