2008-01-23 / For The Record

From the Blotter

Watch and learn

A Waynesboro man was charged with shoplifting after a store employee saw him hide his loot in a nearby storage shed.

Employees at Cititrends told police they saw a man, later identified as Thomas Lewis, 34, leave with three pairs of stolen jeans.

When he left, a store employee did too, and she trailed the offender to an East 7th Street residence where he put the stolen jeans inside a storage shed.

Officers recovered the jeans and arrested Lewis, the homeowner's son, after family members escorted him to police headquarters.

In addition to shoplifting, he was arrested on a warrant for burglary.

In the air

Deputies were dispatched to a Gay Road residence last week to settle a disturbance.

When officers arrived, however, they found that all three people inside were suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning.

According to the report, they had been cooking on a propane stove without ventilation.

The victims, who were all in their late 50s or early 60s, were transported to Burke Medical Center.

Gone bad

A Waynesboro woman was arrested Monday after she tried to return two steaks to Harveys.

According to a report filed at the Waynesboro Police Department, 34-year-old Ramona Miller took two sirloins to customer service and said that when she'd opened them at home, she'd discovered the meat was bad.

Finding nothing wrong with the package, the store manager reviewed security footage and found that moments earlier Miller picked up the steaks and took them to customer service without ever paying.

She was charged with shoplifting.


A Sunday night fight left Huddle House in a mess.

The on-duty cook told police he was in the back kitchen area when he heard a loud boom and came out to find several black males fighting in the dining room.

The offenders fled before police arrived, but left behind plenty of damage. Besides ripping a table from the floor, they knocked over a shelf that held the restaurant's ketchup, mustard, sauces and sugar.

Save the date

A Burke County woman got more than she bargained for when she hired an Augusta heating and air company to do some work for her.

According to a report filed at the sheriff's office, the woman provided one of the employees with her debit card number, which was supposed to be used for monthly maintenance charges.

However, some new charges soon popped up.

More than $300 in unauthorized charges were made with her debit card number that month, including an $88 payment to an online dating service.

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