Two teens arrested in school burglaries
Authorities charged two Lakeside High students Monday in connection with two break-ins at Columbia County high schools.
Devon McRae, 17, and a 15-year-old boy are charged with two counts of burglary and interference with government property, Columbia County sheriff's Capt. Steve Morris said.
The burglaries were at Lakeside and Greenbrier high schools Sept. 12 and 13. On Sept. 12, someone broke into Lakeside through the band room and stole a large-screen television.
During the early hours of Sept. 13, two people used a ladder to break out the glass of cafeteria doors at Greenbrier, according to an incident report. A TV set worth $3,000 was stolen.
McRae was put into Columbia County Detention Center with bond set at $10,100, according to jail records. The 15-year-old was released from Regional Youth Detention Center on Wednesday, Morris said.
The break-in still is under investigation, Morris said.
The following accounts are from reports from the Columbia County Sheriff's Office. Reports are at www.columbiacountyso.org:
Man arrested after stolen car is found
An Appling man was arrested Wednesday in connection with a stolen vehicle from Missouri.
Eric Lee Cook, 27, of the 3000 block of Dozier Road, was charged with theft by receiving property stolen in another state.
The 2001 Oldsmobile Intrigue was found at First Mount Carmel Baptist Church, 6269 Cobbham Road in Appling.
The man who reported the incident told police that Cook told him where the vehicle and keys were. Cook reportedly told the man he cleaned his prints from the vehicle so that he couldn't be connected to the theft.
The vehicle was reported stolen from Jefferson County, Mo.
Police found Cook walking on Dozier Road and arrested him. The sedan was towed to the Columbia County Detention Center impound lot to be processed.
Cook was held at the jail Thursday with no bond.
Three vehicles reported stolen
An Augusta man said someone stole his 2002 Pontiac Grand Prix on Monday when it was at a Martinez assisted living center.
He said he realized his car, worth about $5,000, was taken about 5 p.m. He said he has the only key.
The next day, a Lincolnton, Ga., man told police that his Mercury was stolen from an Evans lot.
He said he received a call from someone he knew who said his vehicle was missing from the 4800 block of Washington Road when he returned home at 6:30 p.m. The vehicle is worth about $5,000.
The man said the lock on the residence's front door was pried loose and the back window was missing, but he was unaware whether anything was taken from the house.
On Wednesday, a Harlem man called police after someone stole his truck.
A witness told police that her son stole the 1998 Chevrolet Silverado, worth about $7,500. The driver's window was broken.
Man arrested for K-mart shoplifting
An Augusta man was arrested Tuesday after he took several items from K-Mart in Martinez, police say.
Richard Edward Knight, 43, of the 2100 block of Cook Road, was charged with shoplifting and remained at the Columbia County Detention Center Thursday with bond set at $1,100.
The loss prevention officer said that about 3:30 p.m., he saw Knight put five CDs from the electronics department into his pocket. He said Knight then walked to a food aisle, emptied a bag of potato chips onto the floor and placed bicycle equipment into the bag.
The 35-year-old said Knight then tried to leave the store at 3830 Washington Road, where he was arrested.
ATM card stolen
An Evans man said Tuesday that someone stole and used his debit card after he left it at an ATM.
The 47-year-old said he used a Bank of America ATM on Ronald Reagan Drive just after 4:30 p.m. Monday. The man said because he was in a hurry and people were waiting in line behind him, he drove away, leaving his card in the machine.
He realized the card was missing later Monday and called his bank to cancel the card. A bank representative informed the man that someone used the card many times for purchases between the time he lost the card and he called the bank to cancel it.
Sheriff's office work sign stolen
A Columbia County sheriff's deputy said Wednesday that someone stole a sign from an inmate work detail.
The deputy said he placed the Inmate Work Detail sign on South Old Belair Road at about 11:50 a.m.
He said the sign was missing when he returned to retrieve it less than an hour later.
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