Robbery suspect shot by employee
A suspected robber tried to hold up a package store Thursday, only to be shot in the hip by an armed employee, Columbia County authorities say.
Sheriff's Capt. Steve Morris named Cory Zeccardi, 20, as the man who attempted to rob Yannis Package Store in the 200 block of Bobby Jones Expressway about 3 p.m. He said Zeccardi was not armed, but an employee did have a gun and shot Zeccardi in the hip during a struggle for the weapon.
Zeccardi escaped the store, but authorities placed area hospitals on alert for the suspect. He was caught at Doctors Hospital soon after the robbery, Morris said.
The injury was not life-threatening and Zeccardi, of the 1600 block of Hardy Lake Road, will be charged with robbery, Morris said.
The following accounts were taken from reports from The Columbia County Sheriff's Office. Additional reports are available at www. columbiacountyso.org:
Woman's ID, money stolen
A Martinez woman called police Monday after discovering someone was using her personal information to gain access to her bank account.
The 52-year-old said that on Sept. 13 she received an e-mail through a co-worker's account that stated she had been approved for an international Visa.
When she checked her bank account online the next day, the woman said she found fraudulent debit card charges totaling $7.51. Two more charges for nearly $800 and $585 were attempted, but declined.
The woman asked the bank to close her account.
Man receives threatening calls
A Grovetown man told police early Wednesday that someone called and threatened to rape and kill him.
The 30-year-old said that at about 1:50 a.m. a man called his cell phone and said "they" were going to come to his home and rape him. The man hung up.
The caller, who was using a device to alter the sound of his voice, phoned again at about 2:18 a.m. and said, "We know where you live. You have two black trucks in your driveway. We're going to come over there and kick your door in, take your money and then kill you."
The call was placed from a phone with a Milwaukee, Wis., area code. The man told deputies that he has no idea who the caller could be.
Truck vandalized with blue substance
A Martinez woman told police Tuesday that someone used a blue substance to write on her truck.
The 51-year-old said that between 6:15 and 9:30 p.m. her 1991 Nissan, driven mostly by her husband, was parked in the driveway of their Millhaven Road home. During that time, someone used a blue substance to write on the truck windows.
The writing could be wiped off without damaging the truck.
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