News 12 6pm/ Friday July 6, 2013
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- On First Friday, people come to Downtown Augusta to have a good time.
"I've been coming for years. It's fun you know," Antonio Brown said.
Brown comes downtown to party and while he goes there a lot-- one thing did catch his eye this First Friday.
"A lot of police. A lot of blue lights, a lot of motorcycles riding, a lot of greenish uniforms. Police was everywhere;block to block," he told News 12.
Brown says the extra eyes gave him an extra sense of security-- one that he's never felt after years of coming downtown, but as he got closer to his car that all changed.
"I popped my trunk immediately and I knew that things were missing --and then I saw my window was busted out; so I was like yea that's a break in," Brown said.
Over $500 dollars in stereo equipment is gone and while Brown is upset about the theft-- he says it's hard to understand how a deputy who was just feet away missed the break in.
"To bust a window and no one can hear it-- and no one can see somebody toting some big ole speakers out of a car is very strange," Brown said.
The deputy who was nearby was working security for a club, but was in his vehicle. Brown says he tapped on the window to get help and file a report, but says the deputy was just as shocked as he was when he got to the car and then the deputy told him one thing.
"I just patrolled this spot 4 times in the last 30 minutes and nothing was going on. How did this happen like this," Brown says the deputy told him.
We reached out to the sheriff's office to get more info on first Friday issues, but have not heard back from them yet. So, while we wait for their response--Brown has a message for the criminals that broke into his car.
"I wished they would have asked me for it. I would of simply opened my trunk and gave it to them. If they were to say we are going to bust your window-- I would say please don't bust my window. I would have gave them the speakers," he said.
The business owner who hired that deputy says there have been times when deputies have left his bar to respond to crime--even when being paid to watch the bar.
He tells News12 that the deputy may not have heard the break-in--or was dealing with another issue.