News 12 First at Five, October 8, 2007
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Drivers may not see the street sign that reads "Montpellier Drive" because the sign has been knocked over and propped against a tree. It's an unusual sight in the Hill area community located off Walton Way.
But, there have been a lot of unusual things in the hill area--including eight break-ins and two stolen cars. It all happened within a couple of weeks.
Sergeant Horace Anderson, property crimes investigator with the Richmond County Sheriff's Department, has been assigned to the cases.
"We are working on several leads which stem from evidence that we found in one of the stolen vehicles. We're following up on those leads now," says Anderson.
People who live in the Hill area say they hope investigators get to the bottom of the crimes. Residents tell News 12, one of the stolen vehicles was found and returned to the owners.
Sergeant Anderson says law enforcement found some useful information in the recovered vehicle.
"We recovered a cell phone that was in the vehicle that belonged to one of the victims. We have phone records and we're following up on phone calls that were made on that."
But for now people in the neighborhood are relying on deputy patrols and their own security systems to protect themselves from what investigators are calling "random crimes." Sergeant Anderson adds this advice.
"Take the normal precautions. Lock your vehicles. Don't leave your valuables in your vehicles. Always set your house alarm even if you're only going out for a few minutes because you never know when anything's going to happen," says Anderson.