The following accounts were taken from reports from the Columbia County Sheriff's Office. Additional reports are available at www.columbia countyso.org:
Teen assaulted in apartment complex
An Evans teen called police early Wednesday claiming he was assaulted by three other teens outside his apartment.
The 15-year-old said he was using his computer outside his Wedgewood Park apartment about 7 p.m. Tuesday when three teens approached him. The three, two of whom were strangers to the teen, accused him of spreading rumors about them at school.
The teen said they took his crutches, threw them down and punched him a number of times over his body.
The teens ran away.
Man arrested after shoplifting, struggle
A Warrenville, S.C., man was arrested Monday after being caught shoplifting from Walmart.
Police charged Joseph Lee Smith, 25, of Cato Road in Warrenville, with misdemeanor shoplifting, second degree forgery, criminal trespass and obstruction of officers.
A Columbia County sheriff's deputy said that at about 3:40 p.m. she was waiting at the Loss Prevention office at the Evans store at 4469 Washington Road. She saw two employees try to stop Smith, whom they suspected of shoplifting. He ran out the door and into the parking lot.
Smith fought and tried to hit the deputy and two employees trying to handcuff him.
During a search for weapons, a second deputy found $120 in counterfeit $20 bills in Smith's pocket. He also had three neckties, a T-shirt, a pack of women's panties and two women's shapewear items stuffed inside his pants.
Smith was being held Thursday in the Columbia County Detention Center without bond, according to jail personnel. He also is being held on probation violations in Richmond County and South Carolina.
Man threatened by unknown caller
A Martinez man told police Wednesday that someone claiming to be with the lottery commission and the FBI threatened to shoot him.
The 45-year-old man said that about 1:15 p.m. Tuesday he got a call from a man who said he was with the Georgia Lottery Commission. The man told the caller he wasn't interested in what he was promoting and to take him off the call list.
The same person called again about 12:15 p.m. Wednesday claiming to be an FBI agent. The man got 23 more calls in which the caller threatened to look the man up on Google and kill him.
The man said the caller knows his name because it is on his voice mail greeting.
SUV spray-painted with obscenities
A Martinez woman said Wednesday that someone spray-painted her sport utility vehicle overnight.
The 39-year-old woman said that between 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and 8 a.m. Wednesday someone used black paint to spray all sides of her Jeep Cherokee, which was parked at her Wheeler Road home, with obscene words and drawings.
The woman said it will cost $3,500 to remove the obscene graffiti.
The woman said she and her family haven't had problems with anyone.
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