Only on 12: 5 arrested in gang break-ins

By: Lynnsey Gardner Email
By: Lynnsey Gardner Email

News 12 at 6 o'clock , June 22, 2007

AUGUSTA, GA-- More than twenty crimes since March in one Augusta neighborhood and now investigators say it's a new gang at work.

It's happening in the McDuffie Woods Neighborhood and investigators say two burglaries this week helped them arrest at least five people- including two eighth graders.

The new gang is called Mac Time, a group investigators say broke off from Barton Village's O-Dub's.

Now neighbors say they're a nuisance that needs to be dealt with before it's too late.

"I'm packing my pistol, come on. I'm ready for you." Strong words from neighbor Verlin Staab after his next door neighbor's home was broken into Wednesday.

Now, after more than twenty crimes near his home since March, he's not taking any chances. "We'll get them. One way or another, we'll get them."

Richmond County Investigators have already gotten five, three adults: Ahmed Wallace, Torrance Ray-Clark and Marquis Jones. Two more of their gang members were also arrested, both 8th graders at Glenn Hills Middle School.

All five arrested and charged for the part investigators say they played in two burglaries this week. "We've got reason to believe even though we've got them charged in these two that they're involved in more than just these two." says Lt. Tony Walden with the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.

Their gang is called Mac Town and investigators say they were stealing from the McDuffie Woods neighborhood to fill orders, and then selling the stolen items to the buyer for cash. Tuesday at one home on Massoit Drive, a DVD player. Down the road on Wednesday, a Sony PlayStation. But, it was at that home that their luck ran out, after a neighbor saw Wallace and a 13 year old breaking down the back door of the home. The two went inside and that's where deputies caught them red handed.

"If you've got 13 to 18 it does sound like gangs, and that's bad news any way you look at it" says neighbor Joe Wright who lives across the street from where the two were arrested.

It's a house he and his wife have made a home for more than 30 years . "I feel like eventually i'm going to have to leave, it's a shame."

A shame for him and others as well, as the once thriving neighborhood
is now filled with abandoned homes and for sale signs.

Two of the five arrested are brothers and investigators say they worked together on at least one crime so far. Richmond County's Gang Task Force was alerted of the new gang and investigators say the case is ongoing as they work to see if these five are responsible for other crimes in the area.


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  • by Senior citizen Location: HEPHZIBAH on Nov 14, 2007 at 12:21 PM
    MAKE THEM PULL THOSE PANTS UP BY LAW AND CUT THAT LONG HAIR OFF LIKE WHEN THEY COMMIT A CRIME.TRYING TO BE LIKE THE GUYS IN THE VIDEOS ON BET SEND THEM OFF TO A SPECIAL BOOT CAMP FOR GANG MEMBERS OR SOMETHING ! .A SHAME GOD HELP THEM ALL.
  • by J Location: Tampa on Jul 11, 2007 at 08:09 PM
    3 more down. A few million to go.
  • by beverly Location: augusta on Jul 9, 2007 at 01:55 PM
    I think some parents should step up to the plate,And try to rised there kids right.
  • by Lisa on Jun 25, 2007 at 06:19 AM
    I know their parents must be so proud of them! What happens to young people to make them turn out like this? It's really a shame.
  • by Terry Location: homemaker on Jun 25, 2007 at 04:59 AM
    There was a group of five young black males crossing back and forth across Glenn Hills Drive, one had nearly shoulder length braids, looking over his shoulder and all around, about 11am one morning shortly before school ended. They all had black t-shirts and "droopy drawer" jean type long shorts. My parents were concerned because I had warned them about groups of young people wearing similar clothing, especially the same color t-shirts, might be a gang if it doesn't look like local school colors. They waited to check their mailbox until I arrived at their home, because of the young men's behavior, also they seemed to be too young not to be in school, so they were worried they were up to no good. Within the next half hour, two were being arrested in the 2800 block of Glenn Hills Drive, within a block of my parents' house after attempting a theft. I spoke to an officer the next day, they had only seen three teenagers, arrested two, and didn't realize three, not one, had gotten away. I am thankful my parents have been listening to my cautions about brazen criminal activity in our Richmond County communities, this happened in broad daylight and it can catch people off guard. Please everyone, trust your instincts and be cautious above and beyond even your instincts, the life and/or property you preserve may be your own or someone you love's. I hope these young men will turn their lives around, but meanwhile don't let them ruin yours.
  • by A concerned citizen Location: Hephzibah on Jun 23, 2007 at 07:55 PM
    I remember when I was small how we use to sleep with the doors and windows open, well we certainly can't do that anymore not with all the crime and murder going on now. What is wrong with these kids, if they want something of their own why not get a job and earn things the right way. The prisons are filled with too many young men and it is contanstly making room for more young men. Wake up before it is too late or before you are killed!
  • by P.diddy Location: Augusta on Jun 22, 2007 at 11:25 PM
    its a crying shame .. these boyz don't have anything else better to do than to steal someone's things. lucky they didn't catch no "heat" from these owners. I keeps mines loaded
  • by Billy Jones Location: augusta on Jun 22, 2007 at 08:19 PM
    Make the trial quick at sentence to 25 years so the others will know the law has teeth. Don't feel sorry because they are young. Look at their spiteful faces.
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