The following accounts were taken from reports from the Columbia County Sheriff's Office. Reports are available at www.columbiacountyso.org:
Man shot in leg in home invasion
An Evans man was sent to the hospital with a gunshot wound to the leg early Monday after a home invasion and robbery.
The 25-year-old man told police he was in bed about 3 a.m. when a man entered the bedroom and demanded money. The man said he fought with the intruder, who pulled out a handgun and shot him. The intruder grabbed the man's wallet and left.
The man's girlfriend said the intruder pointed the gun at her boyfriend's forehead, but she grabbed the gun, and pulled it away. The intruder then shot her boyfriend in the leg, she said.
The man's roommate told police that he was asleep in his bedroom when the intruder came into his room asking for "Matt," who the roommate said didn't live there. As he tried to get up, the roommate said, the intruder pulled out a handgun, pointed it at him and demanded money. The roommate said he offered the intruder his cell phone because he had no money.
The intruder told the roommate that he'd kill him if he opened the bedroom door, then left. A few minutes later, the roommate said, he heard a single gunshot, jumped out the window and ran away.
Police were still looking Monday afternoon for the intruder, who was described as a heavy-set black man, wearing glasses, a black, short-sleeved button-up shirt, black pants and a black ball cap with white letters.
Burglar tried but failed to break in
A Martinez woman called police Saturday as someone was trying to break into her home.
The 19-year-old said she was watching television in the living room about 9:15 p.m. when she heard someone turning and shaking the back doorknob. She ran to the bedroom, where she called police and her father.
The woman said that about 30 seconds later she heard someone turning and shaking her front doorknob.
When police arrived, the woman's father told them someone forced open the front door, but was unable to get inside because of a chain lock.
Rims, tires stolen; car left on blocks
A Martinez woman told police Friday that someone stole the wheels and tires from her car, leaving it on cement blocks.
The 29-year-old said she found her 1998 Honda Civic on blocks just before 7:30 a.m.
The windshield also was cracked.
Holiday decor vandalized
Three Columbia County residents recently called police to report damaged holiday displays.
A Martinez woman said Thursday that someone cut holes in the inflatable bear and Santa in her front yard.
An Evans woman told police Sunday that someone ripped several holiday lawn ornaments from their bases and threw them in a neighbor's yard.
Another Evans woman told police she saw a juvenile kick over her neighbor's lighted train and snowman Sunday.
The juvenile admitted causing the damage, and the homeowner declined to press charges. The juvenile was released to his parents.
Martinez Columbia Fire Rescue report for Nov. 29-Dec. 5:
Structure fires, one; wood/brush/grass fire, one; vehicle fires, two; controlled/unauthorized burns, four; activated fire alarms, 17; gas line ruptures, two; medical incidents, 18; vehicle accidents, 13; electrical incidents, two; weather damage, one; investigate various incidents, seven; assist residents, three; and mutual aid/public safety assistance, one.
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