Update: Fourth recent smash-and-grab ends without ATM theft

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News 12 at 6 O'clock / Friday, Feb. 7, 2014


AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- If these walls could talk, they'd tell you stories owners Bon and Yong Won would like to forget.

There was a robbery in 2002, then another one in 2008. That night, Yong Won was shot.

Now this, a gaping hole on the side of Goshen Grocery.

"They don't deserve for someone to just come and tear up their store," said Nancy Missy, who lives in the Goshen neighborhood.

It's been a staple in the Goshen community for more than 20 years. Nancy Missy and Sharon Pfaff go by it every morning.

"Sharon and I were out walking and a car stopped, and they told us that they broke in," he said.

They had to see it for themselves and so did investigators who saw it all on tape.

Three surveillance cameras caught the truck backing into Goshen Grocery three times. That's when they broke through, the alarms sounded next.

"Looks like he might've been trying to go for the ATM machine," said Shane McDaniel with the Richmond County Sheriffs Office.

But as the truck broke through, it scattered debris all over the store.

"The majority of it fell on the ATM machine, so it was tampered with but it wasn't stolen," he said.

Investigators are still piecing together who the robbers are.

"Obviously, we're looking at a pattern here," said McDaniel.

Deputies said this incident is related to recent smash-and-grab robberies in Richmond county.

But they want that pattern to stop here. It's too late for this business.

"Just hard working people, and just trying to make a living," said Missy.

But these neighbors know there's always a silver lining.

"We just talked to them a few minutes and told them how sorry we were that that happened and we were thankful that no one got hurt," she said.

Original report

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- The driver of a pickup truck tried to plow through the Goshen Grocery Store early Friday morning, Richmond County deputies said.

Surveillance video shows a pickup truck trying to break through the store's wall three times, deputies said.

Surveillance shows the pickup truck drive away immediately after breaking through the wall. The suspects fled the scene before taking anything because a loud alarm went off.

Between Wednesday night and Thursday morning, a gold 1993 Ford F350 was stolen from Jeanne Road, the Sheriff's office said in a release. On Friday, the stolen truck was used to try to break into the Goshen Grocery Store, however the ATM was knocked over and covered by debris.

Deputies said this incident is related to recent smash-and-grab robberies in Richmond county.

The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public to notify the Sheriff’s Office at 706-821-1080 or the Criminal Investigative Division at 706-821-1020 with any information.


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