Phone extortion falls short for ‘Jamaican’

A caller apparently from Kingston, Jamaica, told an Augusta man at Leonard’s Parts Plus on Monday afternoon that he had placed a bomb inside the business and inside the man’s home.

Unless he wired $1,200 to Kingston, or if he hung up, the caller “would blow up the business and his home with his family in it,” according to a Richmond County sheriff’s report.

Once the caller realized a deputy was there, he hung up. No bomb was found at either location. The sheriff’s office has the caller’s name and number, which has a Jamaican area code.