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Police Blotter

Posted: May 23, 2012 - 12:17am  |  Updated: May 30, 2012 - 5:22pm

Doctor’s office burglarized

Someone broke into the Family Physicians office at 309 West Ave. between 7 p.m. May 14 and 7 a.m. May 15.

The thief took a laptop worth about $1,000 and several prescription notepads, according to a North Augusta Public Safety incident report.

Officers found that the window of a side door had been broken to unlock the dead bolt to get inside the business. The door also had to be forced open because a file cabinet was blocking it, the report stated.

Mesh screens had been removed from several other windows and fingerprints were left behind where someone had tried to push the windows up. One window had been knocked out and the glass thrown into the bushes.

Passersby save woman

Passersby stopped to keep an elderly woman from committing suicide May 14.

According to a North Augusta Public Safety incident report, a man saw the woman walk onto the dock at Hammond’s Ferry boat landing and throw herself into the water. The man rushed to the dock and was able to grab the woman’s pants leg.

Another man pulled up on a jet ski and helped him pull the woman out of the water to safety.

When officers arrived, they found the woman standing beside her vehicle crying and they tried to calm her. While officers were at the scene, the woman’s husband had contacted dispatch to report her missing and was informed to meet the officers at the boat landing.

The husband told officers that she had been talking about suicide recently. The woman was transported to University Hospital for treatment, the report stated.

Man caught soliciting again

North Augusta Public Safety was called out to Food Lion on May 12 regarding a man trying to get money from people.

Before arriving at the store at 135 Market Place Drive, officers found the man in the parking lot of Sleep Inn, 921 Edgefield Road. He was leaning into a vehicle speaking to the driver. The driver told police that the man said that he was from out of town and his vehicle had broken down and needed money. The driver gave the man $10 but wanted it back, according to an incident report.

The man, identified as Joey William Leaphart of the 100 block of Tutt Street in Langley, admitted to police that he did come up with a story about being out of town in order to get money. He then gave the $10 back to the driver.

Another victim stated that Leaphart also told her a similar story and told her that he needed money to get to Alabama, but she did not give him money.

Leaphart was arrested and charged with soliciting for contributions. He was also placed on trespass notice from Food Lion and Sleep Inn.

A check with dispatch found that Leaphart had been arrested Feb. 17 for soliciting for contributions at Wing Stop, 358 E. Martintown Road, the report stated.

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