The following accounts were taken from reports from the Columbia County Sheriff's Office. Additional reports are available at www.columbia countyso.org:
Vandals damage dock and boat
The manager of a U.S. Army recreation area near Appling told police that someone damaged a dock and attempted to break into a houseboat early Wednesday.
The manager of Pointes West Army Resort, on Clarks Hill Lake, said that between 12:30 and 6:30 a.m., someone removed eight fire extinguishers worth about $800 from the marina and sprayed their contents into the water, onto docked boats and onto the dock. The extinguishers were then thrown into the water. The damage was found by marina maintenance personnel.
A 70-year-old Appling man, who owns a boat at the marina, said during that the contents of a fire extinguisher was sprayed on his houseboat. Someone also tried to get into the houseboat by cutting a screen and forcing a door window out of place. The houseboat was not broken into but dis sustain minor damage.
Credit card stolen; neighbors blamed
An Evans woman called police Monday claiming her upstairs neighbors stole her purse and used her credit card.
The 23-year-old said she left her purse inside her unlocked car at her Old Evans Road apartment at about 2 p.m. She noticed the purse missing at about 6 p.m. when she went to get something out of the vehicle.
The woman said she immediately called her bank and discovered her credit card had been used numerous times in Richmond County, including at Krystal's and a hair supply store.
The woman said tha while she was sitting on the front steps of her apartment building at about 7:15 p.m., two other women pulled up and got out of a car carrying a Krystal's bag and another bag containing numerous hair care products. They went to an upstairs apartment.
Police went to the apartment and the women agreed to a search. They found a Krystal's bag in the trash but no sign of the woman's purse or its contents.
Adventure Crossing property damaged
A manager of Adventure Crossing told police Wednesday that someone vandalized video games and wrote on bathroom walls.
The manager said that at about 3 p.m., she noticed two boys acting suspiciously inside the arcade and adventure park at 4350 Wheeler Road in Martinez. The boys later left with an older woman.
After they left, the manager said, employees noticed acts of vandalism in the arcade.
Someone also used a black marker to write "obey" on all the video games.
The writing was removed and caused no permanent damage, the manager said.
Unemployment money stolen
A Martinez woman told police Tuesday that a friend stole cash she received from unemployment checks.
The 30-year-old said that at about 2 p.m. she asked her friend to drive her to a Martinez bank to cash her unemployment checks. The woman said her friend arrived with a male passenger she didn't know.
At the bank, the woman said, she handed her friend the checks to cash in the bank's drive-through window. When the teller sent the $98 back through the drive-through canister, the woman said her friend refused to give her the money.
Then, the passenger she didn't know told her to get out of the vehicle. She got out and called police.
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