Man arrested in connection to theft

An Augusta man arrested in connection with a vehicle theft in Richmond County also faces charges in Aiken County, according to a statement from the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.

Rodney Ezell Ward, 40, of East Hale Street in Augusta, was arrested at his home and charged with receiving stolen property and five counts of financial card fraud, according to the statement.

Ward is accused in a vehicle theft and two vehicle break-ins in Augusta, from which several financial cards were taken and reportedly used by Ward in several locations, including Aiken County, Sgt. Paul Godden said, adding that Ward faces additional pending charges in Aiken and Columbia counties.

“We can only charge him with any transactions that happened in Richmond County and with the theft of the cards,” he said.

Woman reports harassing phone calls

An 80-year-old woman reported to the Aiken Department of Public Safety that she’s been receiving harassing phone calls she believes to be a scam, according to a report.

The calls were showing up as blocked or unknown on her caller ID, according to the report. The caller told the victim she had won $250,000 as well as a new car and that she needed to send them several hundred dollars to collect the prize.

The victim reportedly knew it was a scam and hung up the phone, but the caller continued to make contact with her in an effort to get her to send money. When she refused, the caller “threatened to set her house on fire and cause bodily harm to her.”

Man arrested on weapons charge

A 26-year-old Aiken man was charged with unlawful carrying of a weapon after officers found him drinking a beer on a playground in Crosland Park, according to a report.

The suspect tried to hide the beer when officers approached him, according to the report. They asked for identification but he said he didn’t have any.

Officers realized he had bench warrants for his arrest and tried to detain him, but there was a struggle, according to the report. During the struggle, the suspect threw something behind him, which turned out to be a Smith and Wesson .38-caliber revolver.

The suspect was charged with unlawful carrying of a pistol, providing false information, disorderly conduct, drinking in public and resisting arrest.