A woman is out $200 after a man convinced her he was visiting from another country and needed her to hold his money while he ran to Augusta.
Around 9 p.m. June 2, a 30-year-old woman went to North Augusta Public Safety to file a report of a robbery. She told officers that around 3 p.m. two people approached her in Walmart and told her one of them had just arrived from another country and had been robbed in Augusta.
He told her he had to go back to Augusta to get his passport but did not want to take the $3,200 he had on him in case he got robbed again. He said if she protected his money for him, he would double the money in her bank account.
The report said she went to the ATM and took out $200, which he added to the existing money, and asked her to keep it safe by putting it inside her pants. When she put it in her pocket, the man took the money back and demonstrated how to hide it, wrapping it in a “doo rag” and putting it in his own pants, down by his crotch. Then he retrieved it, and gave it to her.
Some time passed and the woman said when the man did not return, she realized he had switched the doo rags and the one she had was full of strips of newspaper.
North Augusta public safety officers said they will attempt to identify the flimflam thief through Walmart security cameras, the report said.
Parts stolen from vans
Catalytic converters were reported missing from local vans in separate incidents, according to North Augusta Public Safety incident reports.
On June 3, a catalytic converter was reported missing from a van at Second Providence Baptist Church, 1202 Old Edgefield Road.
In a separate incident, Home Folks Wholesales told police on Thursday that the catalytic converter from its van had been cut out sometime between noon and 9 p.m. while it was at 5389 Jefferson Davis Highway.
Waste fills residence
A North Augusta Public Safety officer found an occupied home in the 500 block of Sikes Avenue filled with dog feces and human waste on June 5.
According to an incident report, the complainant, who periodically checked on the elderly man, told the officer that dogs were urinating and defecating in the home. When the officer arrived to the home, he met with the 72-year-old resident and his 19-year-old grandson.
After the senior resident allowed the officer to come in and do a search, the officer found two dogs under the age of 1, three gallons of human waste next to the senior resident’s bed, and the only food in the home was Ramen noodles, oatmeal, chips and some pasta, according to the report.