The following accounts were taken from reports from the Columbia County Sheriff's Office. Additional reports are available at www.columbiacountyso.org:
Power cut during burglary
An Appling woman called police Monday after she discovered her home had been burglarized and the electricity cut off.
She said she had left her home locked about 2:45 p.m. with the lights on. When she returned home about 8 p.m., the lights were off. Outside, she found that the electric meter was missing and the rear sliding glass door broken.
After police went through the home, the resident discovered that items were missing from the rooms, including two pairs of boots, a 54-inch television, a 40-inch television and a PlayStation game console.
Soldier's card misused
A Fort Gordon soldier told police Tuesday that someone tried to make a $250 purchase on the Home Shopping Network using his credit card.
The Grovetown man said he received a call from the television network's fraud department wanting to verify a $250 purchase with his MasterCard. He told the caller that he did not make the purchase and is the only authorized user of the card.
He then called the credit card company, which canceled the card, issued the soldier a new one and removed the charges.
Man pumps gas, drives off
A clerk at a Martinez gas station told police Monday that a man drove away with more than $40 of gas he didn't purchase.
The clerk at Sprint Foods, 3701 Washington Road, said that about 7:30 p.m. a man entered the store and prepaid for $5 worth of gasoline. She turned on the pump and told the man he'd have to stop pumping at $5.
The clerk said she was busy with a long line of customers but noticed the man pumped $45.94 worth of gas. When she went out to stop him, he drove away in a red car headed toward Richmond County.
Burglars kick door in
A Grovetown woman told police Tuesday that someone kicked in her front door.
The break-in took place sometime that day. The burglars stole a laptop computer from her home office.
Police found a shoe print on the outside of the door.
Expensive items stolen
Someone burglarized an Evans home and stole more than $8,300 worth of jewelry, electronics and other items.
The resident said someone had entered his locked house sometime since Dec. 8, though police found no signs of forced entry.
The man reported missing a $5,600 bicycle, a $500 GPS unit, a $600 camera, five watches, a set of wedding rings, a Nintendo Wii console and two games, two Apple iPods, an unknown amount of cash and prescription medications.
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