String of burglaries in South Augusta

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News 12 at 6:00, May 18th, 2007

AUGUSTA, GA--Thousands of dollars in electronics are reported missing. The sheriff's department says someone took things like televisions, computers, and video games from several homes in South Augusta this Thursday.

Erika Chambers says someone took her PlayStation, and several games, from her home.

"I was upset. I was very upset. I felt mad, I felt violated." She said.

If this happens to you, investigators say they can use the product's serial number to track it. They put that number into a database, and they do the same thing when they find things that might be stolen.

"All deputies gotta do is run the serial number. If it gets a hit, we know what house it comes from." Said Lt. Tony Walden with the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.

But, that only works if you know the serial number. If you don't, some stores, like Best Buy, keep a record of every model number. That means if you buy something and it gets stolen, they can look up the information investigators need.

"We have a huge database that gives us that ability." Said manager Brad Deep.

Two thousand people say reported burglary last year. That's why investigators say matching the numbers can save them a lot of time.

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