Augusta Crime Stoppers needs your help for a different reason

By: Ryan Houston Email
By: Ryan Houston Email

News 12 at 6 o'clock/ Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- The group Augusta Crime Stoppers offers rewards on a regular basis, but when crime hits the man in charge of Crime Stoppers, he calls news 12.

Griff Griffin with Crime Stoppers said when his car was stolen, he made all the right steps to report it.

Griffin is known for getting tips to deputies about crimes. This time he's the one needing help.

Although, he got a bit of a surprise when he went to get information on his missing car.

"I had a Mercedes with a sunroof and it has a broken rear antenna and a black front tag. It has a Mercedes emblem on it," he said.

Griffin said he was trying to help a woman in need two days ago. They went to his office, the woman went outside and shortly after his car was gone.

According to a police report, his car was stolen from 412 Green Street.

He said it's made him think twice about helping strangers.

"It just has too. This girl wasn't allowed near this car and never touched the car," he said.

Griffin went to the tag office for the VIN number to give to deputies for their report. He says their system couldn't find the car and instead showed he owed two other vehicles. So, he called News 12.

"12 On Your Side is just about the only way to get anything done in this town. If you don't call 12 On Your Side then it ain't getting done," Griffin said.

The tax commissioner helped Griffin locate the VIN number for the car he does own. He then gave it to deputies. Augusta Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $1,000 reward for the return of his Mercedes.

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