Two arrested after 25 residential burglaries

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News 12 at 11, February 22, 2008

AUGUSTA, Ga. --- A number of burglaries in Richmond and Columbia Counties may have been solved. Richmond County Investigators said two burglary suspects, Richard Strickland and Jessica Jackson were arrested Friday afternoon. Investigators said they are responsible for 25 home break-ins.

It happened on Valentines Day. Will Nunley came home from work and noticed the lights were on and his doors were wide-opened.

"This was my Valentine. Came home Valentines night...surprise for me," Will Nunley said.

His whole house was ransacked.

"Everything was inspected. Everything thats in here was out here. Every single closet space," Nunley said.

Nunley said the burglars cut the phone lines. He said they broke into his safe box and stole his class ring. They also took two lap top computers.

"They entered the house and went through every closet, under every bed and every shelf, pulled it out into the middle of the room. And took their time looking for whatever they wanted," Nunley said.

Nunley wasn't the only one who had to go through this. Investigators said thieves hit 25 houses. This all started at the end of January. Investigators started noticing a lot of residential burglaries in Hephzibah. Then they started seeing an increase in West Augusta.

"You don't get an individual who does really this many cases just one run after another and then changes locations to another part of town and starts burglarizing over there," Lt. Tony Walden said.

During one of the burglaries the suspects took a Target gift card. Investigators were able to trace the gift card and pull surveillance video. They realized the two suspects, Richard Shane Strickland and Jessica Jackson were the same people responsible for the South Augusta burglaries. Investigators executed a search warrant on Strickland's brothers' apartment and found jewelry, guns, TV's, camcorders, and laptops.

Investigators said one of the houses that was hit Thursday, had over $88,000 worth of jewelry stolen.

Investigators said Richard Strickland's brother, James Strickland was taken into custody after the stolen property from the burglaries was found in his apartment.

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