The following accounts were taken from reports from the Columbia County Sheriff's Office. Additional reports are available at www.columbia countyso.org:
Cash stolen from Martinez pizzeria
A manager at a Martinez pizzeria called police Wednesday night to report that someone stole money after the restaurant closed.
The assistant manager of Cici's Pizza on Washington Road said that just after 10 p.m. Wednesday, as she stood at the front counter, counting money from the day's sales, a man entered the front door. The manager said the man was hunched over as though trying to conceal himself.
The man reached over the counter and grabbed about $1,000 that was in a plastic container on the counter and ran out the front door, the manager said. He ran south through the Columbia Square parking lot.
A sheriff's office canine officer tracked the man, but did not find him. No evidence was found at the restaurant.
Fire at Reed Creek Park ruled to be arson
A fire investigator determined that a blaze Tuesday at a Martinez park was intentionally set.
A Columbia County sheriff's deputy reported a brush fire at Reed Creek Wetlands Park and Interpretive Center while on patrol about 7 p.m.
Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue responded to the park at 3820 Park Lane and extinguished the fire, which did not damage the Interpretive Center building.
Sign stolen from inmate work detail
A Columbia County sheriff's deputy said Tuesday that someone stole an "inmate work detail" sign from an Evans work site.
The deputy said that someone stole the $500 sign from Industrial Park Drive, where Columbia County Detention Center inmates were performing supervised work. The sign had been set up near the transportation van. The theft occurred about 45 minutes after the sign was put out that morning.
Man reports brick damage to vehicle
A Martinez man called police Monday after discovering someone had used bricks to break his car window.
The 18-year-old said that about 2:40 p.m. his sister told him that the right rear window of his 1994 Dodge Intrepid had been shattered. He saw two bricks on the ground that were not there when he parked the car.
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