Deputies trying to break chain of recent bike thefts

News 12 First at Five / Friday, July 19, 2013

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- "Years ago, you didn't even lock your doors," said Kathy Akridge, who lives in the Harrisburg area.

But now she's having to lock a lot of other things, too.

"It's progressively gotten worse and worse and worse," she said.

Just three days ago, her grandson lost something very precious to him.

"They took off and grabbed Christopher's bike and took off with it," Akridge said.

Days later, she found it blocks away, thankfully still in one piece.

"When they steal a bike, they disassemble it, and then you have no way of finding out where it's at then," she said.

She isn't alone. Over the last two weeks, more than 20 bikes went missing all across the Harrisburg area -- bikes worth thousands of dollars.

"That's a bit too much," said Eard Trimmingham, who patrols the area. "We look for open doors."

It's his beat day in and day out. The last two weeks he's been focused on finding all the missing bikes.

"A very good description is the best thing to have," he said.

What's even better is having your bike's serial number.

That's something Trimmingham says people don't usually remember or even write down.

"The more they get involved, the better it is for us, and the quicker we can recover stolen items," Trimmingham said.

For Akridge, it's not just about stolen items, it's about her sense of security, which is something she's still missing.

"The safety of my grandchildren, any of my family to me, is really important," Akridge said.

It's so important that her family has grown to include some four-legged members.

"They are my protector, they stay with me, wherever I'm at, that's where they're at," she said.

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