Break-ins at Regent Place

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News 12 at 11, October 7, 2007

AUGUSTA, Ga.---Richmond County Investigators need your help in solving a string of burglaries. That's after house and car break-ins in Regent Place earlier this week and several burglaries two weeks ago in neighborhoods on the Hill off of Walton Way.

Neighbors at Regent Place said they are really concerned and are now taking extra precaution after criminals hit two different homes in their neighborhood in the past week.

"Someone broke into my neighbor's car here, and I think several in the neighborhood," Mark Thigpen said.

The first criminal trespass happened at 512 Regent Place, where a 2005 GMC Sierra was broken into. Deputies said the subjects broke out the passenger side window of the vehicle.

"We do believe the two cases on Regent Place are possibly connected to the series of burglaries and thefts that we had in the Hill area," Lt. Scott Peebles said.

The second incident happened at 506 Regent Place. Deputies said the subject broke out the back door window and entered the house while the owner was inside. Deputies said the criminals took a $50 black purse and $300 in cash.

"They broke into the house two doors up in the middle of the day and the neighbor was taking a shower. She was in the shower, broke in to her house, and she had it deadbolted, but it had the key in the deadbolt, came on in her house and got her pocketbook off the kitchen counter," Thigpen said.

Richmond County investigators say they are doing everything they can to keep these neighborhoods safe.

"We have increased patrols in that area and I think the neighbors have mentioned they have seen increased patrols," Lt. Peebles said.

Neighbors said they plan to beef up security and are considering hiring a security guard to travel the neighborhood.

"We are working leads. We are following leads, but we need help from the public. There's probably someone out there watching this now who knows something about these cases and obviously we'd be willing to offer a reward for information that leads to an arrest and recovery of some of this property as well," Lt. Peebles said.

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