The following accounts were taken from reports from the Columbia County Sheriff's Office. Additional reports are available at www.columbiacountyso.org:
Computer equipment is stolen at PeachMac store
An Evans computer store was burglarized during the weekend.
The manager of the Evans PeachMac store told police Saturday morning that burglars stole more than $14,000 worth of computer equipment, according to a Columbia County Sheriff's Office incident report.
Authorities know, based on video surveillance of the crime, that two men broke out the front door window of the business at 4158 Washington Road at about 1:30 a.m. They stole $14,091 worth of computer equipment before fleeing toward the rear of the shop.
Both burglars were black, between 5-feet 10-inches to 6-feet tall and weighed between 150 to 180 pounds. One man wore blue denims pants, a black hooded sweatshirt and a black cloth around his face. The other wore long black shorts, a red hooded sweatshirt and a white cloth to cover his face.
Anyone with information concerning the break-in should contact the sheriff's office at (706) 541-2800.
Woman's personal data stolen, used fraudulently
Someone used a Grovetown woman's personal information to access her checking and savings accounts, she told police Friday.
She said she received a call from her bank telling her that someone was trying to make a $1,094 transaction by using her checking account. She told the bank to deny the transaction.
When she went to her bank, she discovered that someone had taken $795 from her savings account Sept. 22 and that her personal information, including her Society Security number, was provided for the transaction.
Burglars break into animal hospital, then back out
Someone recently broke into and out of an Evans animal hospital.
About 3 a.m. Friday, police responded to an alarm at Evans Animal Hospital at 4317 Evans to Locks Road. They found the front door unlocked.
Someone had used a large rock to break out a back window, where blood was found, and climbed over security bars to get inside. The burglar tried to kick open the front door to leave, which didn't work, so the burglar unlocked the door and left.
A veterinarian at the facility said all the controlled medications were still locked up and the cash drawers locked.
Counterfeit bills are presented at 2 businesses
Customers used or tried to use counterfeit money at two Columbia County businesses recently .
An assistant manager at Goodwill Emporium, 4074 Washington Road in Martinez, said a customer used five $20 bills to pay for merchandise Thursday. As she was counting money for the nightly bank deposit, she noticed that none of the bills had the security features of real cash. She determined that the bills were fakes.
The manager of the Chick-Fil-A, 4201 Washington Road in Evans, told police Friday that a customer tried to use a counterfeit $100 bill. After the manager told the customer that the bill was fake, he left with it. The customer returned later and said he had recently received the bill from a nearby SunTrust bank and returned it.
Police spoke to a bank representative, who said the customer did receive the bill from the bank and turned it in. The incident will be investigated by the bank.
Medication, ID cards are stolen by woman's guest
A guest in a Grovetown woman's home stole her prescription medication and her military and state identification cards.
The resident said she allowed the woman to stay with her for a couple of days. The guest had previously tried to borrow her ID cards to use illegally.
The resident woke up from a nap about 8 p.m. Thursday and found that the woman had left with the ID cards and 90 Klonopin pills. The medication is used to treat seizures in epilepsy and for the treatment of panic disorder.
Motorist drives through West Lake security gate
A security guard at West Lake subdivision said a man drove through the security gate Friday.
The guard, who was working at the entrance on Stevens Creek Road, said about 7 p.m. a man in a black Chevrolet Blazer drove through the gate, striking the right gate stop arm.
The guard said the driver threw his hands up and continued to drive, disregarding his commands to stop.
Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue report for Sept. 20-26:
Vehicle fire, one; controlled/unauthorized burn, one; activated fire alarms, eight; medical incidents, 19; vehicle accidents, seven; electrical incident, one; investigate various incidents, four; assist residents, two; mutual aid/public safety assistance, one; and other, one.
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