Car used in assault
An Edgefield mom was arrested March 7 after she used her car to hit another vehicle while her baby was in the car, police said.
Tieshia Laquitta Weaver, 20, was charged with third-degree assault and battery, possession of marijuana, and unlawful conduct toward a child, according to a North Augusta Public Safety incident report.
Weaver tried to start a fight with a woman parked outside the Waffle House at 960 Edgefield Road about 1:30 p.m. March 7, the report says.
Weaver used her burgundy Toyota to strike the vehicle of a 25-year-old Johnston woman two or three times, according to the report. The father of Weaver’s baby was in the car with the Johnston woman.
When the woman got out to inspect the damage, Weaver took off in her Toyota, the report says. A passerby alerted police that Weaver had gone to the Circle K at 1035 Edgefield Road.
At the gas station, a clerk told police that Weaver left the baby inside with an employee. Weaver confirmed that to police, adding that she didn’t know the person, according to the report.
An inventory of her vehicle turned up a plastic bag with seeds and green leaves believed to be marijuana, the report says. The items were sent to a lab for testing.
Valuable artwork reported missing
A man reported to police on March 7 that artwork had been removed from his North Augusta home while he was away, according to a North Augusta Public Safety incident report.
The victim stated that only two people were inside the home in the 500 block of Grant Avenue during his absence. The reporting officer was able to contact one of them, who stated that she only removed personal items from the home and had not taken artwork. The officer was not able to contact the second person and left a message.
The missing artwork was valued at about $8,000, according to the report.
Scammers call while officer is present
A woman reported receiving a suspicious phone call on March 7 from men stating that she was facing charges in another country.
According to a North Augusta Public Safety incident report, the woman stated that she got a call from an unknown man who identified himself as “Paul Roberts” and claimed to be an officer with the “USFDA.” The man told her that she was facing charges in the Dominican Republic for ordering illegal products from outside of the United States and that she would receive papers the following day to appear in court.
Roberts then turned the phone call over to another man who stated he was “Lt. Steven Gibson” and that if thewoman wired him $2,000, he would speak to the judge to have the charges dropped. He also told her that she had five minutes to go to the bank and wire the money. He also said that someone would be watching her, according to the report.
While the public safety officer was taking the report, the man claiming to be Roberts contacted the victim again. When the officer spoke to Roberts and identified himself, the man “made some derogatory remarks and hung up,” the report states.
The victim did not wire the suspects any money or give personal information. The officer told the victim that she was “possibly being scammed.”
Woman reports assault
A North Augusta woman reported to North Augusta Public Safety that she was assaulted by an elderly man March 6 while grocery shopping at 135 Market Place Drive.
According to an incident report, the 34-year-old woman told police that she felt someone “rub down her buttocks and in between her legs from behind.” When she turned around, there was an elderly man standing behind her, and she yelled at him before the man walked away.
The woman told police that the man seemed to be intoxicated and had slow motor skills.
Tools taken from trucks
Employees of Williams Electric Co., based in North Carolina, reported that three of their trucks were broken into between 3:30 p.m. March 1 and 6 a.m. March 5 at Sleep Inn & Suites, 921 Edgefield Road.
According to a North Augusta Public Safety incident report, the employees noticed that the compartment doors on the side of the trucks were open and that mechanical and electrical tools and chainsaws were missing. The reporting officer noted that the locks to the storage compartments had been cut or pried open.
The stolen tools’ total estimated value was about $10,000.