Officer’s car broken into
Among the seven cars broken into within three blocks of one another on Jan. 13 was a Dodge Durango belonging to the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office.
About 8 a.m. Saturday, police were looking into break-ins in the 1800 block of Hidden Hills Drive and the 400 block of Shadow Lane, according to a North Augusta Public Safety incident report.
Missing from the sheriff’s cruiser were an M16 rifle with ammunition, a Glock pistol with ammunition, a tactical vest and a laptop. A flashlight and two gloves were found in the street and taken for fingerprints.
Other cars were ransacked and some had broken windows. A laptop and cellphone were taken from a van.
Drug buy leads to arrests
North Augusta Public Safety arrested three people from Windsor on Jan. 18 after a drug buy, according to a news release.
The department’s narcotics division used an undercover informant to purchase prescription drugs from the individuals, who police said were known to sell illegal drugs in the area. After the purchase was made, the following were arrested and charged with two counts of distribution of a controlled substance and distribution of a controlled substance within proximity of a park: John Andrew Finch, 34; Julie Isaac DeForde, 35; and Mark Steven Reed, 53.
Reed also faces a charge of unlawful possession of a firearm.
The estimated street value of the drugs seized was $1,000, the news release states.
Man attacked with golf club
A 50-year-old man told police that a man tried to hit him with a golf club on Jan. 14.
According to a North Augusta Public Safety incident report, the victim said the man came to his home in the 100 block of Briggs Avenue shortly after midnight. When he went to the door, the man tried to hit him with the golf club, but he was able to block it with his left arm. The man then left and ran through the backyard, the victim said.
Scrap metal taken from home
An Augusta man was arrested Jan. 16 after $1,000 worth of scrap metal was taken from a North Augusta yard without permission.
Johnnie Lewis Sinns, 36, of the 2600 block of Milledgeville Road, told a North Augusta Public Safety officer that he went to a home in the 1000 block of West Martintown Road and knocked on the door, but no one answered. He told police that he “felt that whoever lived there wanted him to have the metal,” according to an incident report.
A man living at the home contacted police while following Sinns. Police stopped Sinns on West Avenue and he admitted taking the metal, the report states.