The following accounts were taken from reports from the Columbia County Sheriff's Office. Additional reports are available at www.columbiacountyso.org:
Police seek robber in holdup at diner
Police are looking for a man they say robbed a Waffle House restaurant early Tuesday morning.
An employee of the restaurant, 491 Lewiston Road near Grovetown, told police that about 4:50 a.m. she returned to the dining room from the back of the building and saw a man grabbing money from the cash register. He ran through the front door into the woods behind the restaurant.
The employee described the robber as black, wearing black jeans, baseball cap and tennis shoes and a dark, hooded sweatshirt. He wore a cloth over his face and dark sunglasses.
Would-be burglars awaken Grovetown woman
A Grovetown woman called police Wednesday afternoon after two people tried to break in her front door.
The 56-year-old said she was sleeping on her sofa about 2:10 p.m. when she was awakened by a loud banging on the door.
She looked out the kitchen window and saw a man and woman talking on the front porch. The man made the loud banging again by forcing his shoulder into the door as though he were trying to break it in.
The resident shouted for the pair to stop and they ran to a silver hatchback that was backed into the driveway near the road.
Thieves attempt to cash checks stolen from mail
Two Evans residents said someone stole checks from their mailboxes and tried to cash them.
A woman called police Tuesday saying someone stole a check made out to AT&T that she had left in her mailbox. She said a representative from Georgia Bank & Trust Co. on Deans Bridge Road called her about 1 p.m. to report that someone had tried to cash the check for $667.23.
The woman trying to cash the check left her identification at the bank.
A man reported a similar incident to police just before 4 p.m. Tuesday. He said he left a check made out to AAA in his mailbox.
Several hours later, he got a call from the Wachovia Bank on Wheeler Road, where the manager said a woman was trying to cash the check for $940.
Vehicle vandalized by group of teenagers
An Evans woman told police Tuesday that she and her son saw four people vandalizing her car in the parking lot of an Evans restaurant.
She said her son drove her 1998 Honda Civic to work and called her about 8:30 p.m. from the Wife Saver, 1100 Furys Ferry Road, after he saw four teens pouring flour onto the car.
When her son asked them to stop, one of the teens urinated on the car.
The flour damaged the vehicle, and a window will not go up, she said. Police were unable to immediately find the three girls and a boy at their homes.
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