Police look for would-be robber
Police are searching for a man who tried to rob a Martinez store Friday.
The man entered the Dollar General store at 210 Baston Road just before 9 a.m. and pointed a semi-automatic pistol at a cashier.
He demanded that the cashier open the register, but fled before the employee opened it, Columbia County sheriff's Capt. Steve Morris said.
The robbery suspect was described as black, about 6 feet tall, with a medium build, wearing a red, black and tan jacket, a black hooded sweatshirt, a white collared shirt and black pants.
He last was seen running into a wooded area behind the store.
A sheriff's office dog was unable to locate the suspect. The man did not get any money and no one was injured, Morris said.
Reward offered for city's stolen safe
Grovetown police advertised an $1,000 reward Monday for information leading to the capture of the person who stole a safe from city hall.
Someone stole the safe from Grovetown City Hall Dec. 3. A Public Works Department worker discovered the break-in at about 6 a.m.
The safe contained about $1,000 in cash and checks for bill payments by some city residents. Police found the empty safe later that day along Gordon Highway near the Augusta State Medical Prison.
Anyone with information about the theft should call the Grovetown Department of Public Safety at (706) 868-9583, or the Crime Information Tip Line at 1-866-844-7090 or (706) 650-8117.
The following accounts were taken from reports from the Columbia County Sheriff's Office. Additional reports are available at www.columbiacountyso.org:
Boy arrested for hitting patrol car
Police arrested a 12-year-old Martinez boy Saturday after they say he threw a rock and damaged a patrol car.
A Columbia County sheriff's deputy said he was driving west on Washington Road at Club Car drive at about 2:20 a.m. when a rock hit his patrol car. The rock damaged the hood and broke the windshield.
The boy admitted standing on the railroad tracks, which run parallel to Washington Road, and throwing the rock at the patrol car.
The boy and a friend who was with him at the time ran back to the boy's nearby home. The deputy knocked on the door and informed the boy's mother.
The boy was charged with terroristic threats and criminal interference with government property. He was transported to the Columbia County Detention Center, where he was photographed and fingerprinted before being released to his mother.
Burglar ate food at two Evans homes
Two Evans neighbors told police Thursday that someone not only broke into their home, but ate food from their kitchens.
A 24-year-old woman told police that between 8:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m., someone broke into her home through the front door and stole a Ninetendo Wii game system. The woman said the burglar also drank Kool-Aid from the refrigerator, ate some granola bars and drank a bottle of Pepto Bismol.
The woman's 21-year-old neighbor said during the same time period, someone broke into her home, ate various food items and moved some things around the house.
Another neighbor said between 10 and 11 a.m., a man in a gray sweatshirt and jeans knocked on the door while her son was home. The woman said the man then attempted to open a window on the side of the house, but did not get in.
Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue Activity Report for the week of Dec. 7-13: Structure fires, four; wood/brush/grass fires, three; vehicle fires, two; controlled/unauthorized burns, two; activated fire alarms, nine; activated carbon monoxide detectors, two; medical incidents, 23; vehicle accidents, 19; interior natural gas leaks, two; weather damage, one; investigate various incidents, five; assist citizens, four; mutual aid/public safety assistance, one; and other, one.
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