Columbia County authorities looking for shoplifter, forger

Columbia County authorities are asking for the public's help to find two men -- a shoplifter and a forger.


Police are looking for a white male who tried to steal from the Evans Wal-Mart.

Store security officers believe the man has stolen from Wal-Mart in the past by taking large envelopes from the stationary section, filling them with stolen merchandise, and then slipping them under a fence surrounding the store's garden center.

On July 10, he attempted to do it again, but was thwarted by a large crowd in the garden center, according to a Columbia County Sheriff's Office incident report.

Instead, he exited the store after leaving the envelopes containing DVDs, video games, razors and computer software underneath some exercise equipment.

Police believe the man is in his 30s, about 6 feet tall and weighing between 170 to 190 pounds.

Authorities also are looking for a man who stole checks from an elderly Augusta resident and used two of them to make more than $1,300 worth of purchases at the Lowe's in Evans.

The victim said his name was forged in those checks.

In a photo provided by police, the suspected forger is a black male wearing glasses, but no description was given in an incident report.



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