Business license bought with forged check
An employee with the city of North Augusta reported July 23 that a man purchased a business license with a suspected forged check. According to a North Augusta Public Safety incident report, the man used a check to purchase the license for $91. When the city attempted to cash the check, the bank refused to cash it. The check’s routing number was correct but the account number was not on file and was inconsistent with how the bank numbers their accounts, the employee was told.
Recycling bags stolen
A resident in the 900 block of Old Edgefield Road told North Augusta Public Safety officers that her blue recycling bags were stolen July 23 shortly after they were delivered by city sanitation workers.
The woman told an officer that a full-size pickup truck pulled up next to her trash can which was near the road. A female then reached out the passenger side window and took the bags, according to the incident report.
The resident was able to get the bags replaced.
Couple killed in accident
A North Augusta couple died in a single-vehicle crash July 28 on an Alabama interstate.
Gene Manasco, 83, and wife Barbara Manasco, 80, were killed after the couple’s 2011 Nissan Quest veered off Interstate 20 in Talladega County and struck a disabled vehicle on the shoulder of the highway, according to information released by the Alabama Department of Public Safety.
Gene Manasco was driving when the wreck occurred about 7 a.m.
Game system purchased with counterfeit bills
A North Augusta teen told authorities that two men gave him counterfeit money when they purchased his Sony Playstation PS3.
According to a North Augusta Public Safety incident report, the teen met the suspects at Walmart on July 30 to sell the game system to them.
The men gave him $250 inside of a bank envelope and in return, the teen turned over the game system to them and provided $27 for change.
When he realized the money was counterfeit, the suspects had left the area.
The teen turned over the bills and the bank envelope to public safety.
Arrested man connected to 10 cases, police say
An Augusta man arrested July 31 for an outstanding Richmond County warrant has been connected to 10 area cases, according to a news release sent Friday by North Augusta Public Safety.
According to an Aiken County Sheriff’s Office news release, Aiken County sheriff’s deputies found 42-year-old Brian Scott Lowry, of the 300 block of Deans Bridge Road, behind a convenience store July 31 after investigating automobile break-ins in Woodridge subdivision in Clearwater. Police said Lowry matched the description of the suspect from the break-ins.
At the time, he was also a person of interest in several unsolved burglaries and vehicle break-ins in North Augusta.
Further investigation by North Augusta Public Safety into vehicle break-ins and burglaries along East Shoreline Drive “resulted in accumulating sufficient probable cause to charge Brian Lowry with two counts of burglary and several counts of larceny from motor vehicles,” according to public safety’s news release.
Authorities also provided tips to help people “be a hard target of crime” such as locking all home and vehicle doors; securely closing garage and exterior accesses to your residence; and do not leave anything of value in a vehicle in plain view.