The following accounts were taken from reports from the Columbia County Sheriff's Office. Additional reports are available at www.columbiacountyso.org:
Manager robbed outside restaurant
The manager of a Martinez restaurant called police Sunday night to report that he had been robbed in the parking lot.
The manager of Ryan's said that as he walked to his vehicle about 9 p.m. at 208 Bobby Jones Expressway two men grabbed his arms from behind and demanded money. The manager said he had no money, and the men led him to nearby trees, threw him onto the ground and searched his pockets.
After taking his debit card from his pocket, the men ran north through the lot. Video surveillance footage shows the two robbers getting into a silver car, possibly a Dodge Caliber. A sheriff's office dog unit was unable to track them.
The managere called his bank to cancel the stolen card and was told it had been used three times at three stores between 9:25 and 10:15 p.m.
Brick thrown into big rig's windshield
A tractor-trailer driver told police early Saturday morning that his truck was hit by a brick while he was driving on Interstate 20.
The driver said that about 1 a.m., when he passed under the overpass at White Oak Road someone threw a brick from the overpass.
The brick caused about $300 damage to the windshield.
Car's door handle is sawed from vehicle
A Martinez woman called police Saturday after discovering someone had cut the door handle off her car.
The 64-year-old said she discovered the damage to her 2000 Toyota Camry about 4 p.m. Saturday. The vehicle had been parked at her home. It will cost about $300 to replace the door handle.
Business's missing drill is found at pawnshop
Police were called to a Martinez business Thursday after a manager reported that an employee had found a drill owned by the business at a pawnshop.
The manager of Augusta Fire Protection, 109 Commercial Blvd., said an employee had seen a $750 hammer drill at a Columbia County pawnshop the week before. The manager said that was the first time anyone noticed the drill missing.
Police identified the drill by the serial number and by an engraving the business had put on it when it was purchased.
Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue Activity Report for the week of Aug. 10-16:
Structure fires, two; wood/brush/grass fire, one; controlled/unauthorized burn, one; other fire, one; activated fire alarms, eight; gas line rupture, one; medical incidents, 18; vehicle accidents, three; electrical incident, one; investigate various incidents, five; and assist residents, two.
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