Car of Augusta commissioner's wife stolen

Matt Aitken's wife left vehicle running on Hickman Friday night

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A car thief took District One Augusta City Commissioner Matt Aiken’s wife’s vehicle Friday night as she was picking up the couple’s daughter from a home on Hickman Road.

Aitken’s wife, Melissa, left the 2000 Nissan Maxima running as she ran inside the home, according to Richmond County Sheriff’s Lt. Robbie Silas.

She saw a black man leave with her car and said it was possibly being followed by a red truck. Silas said deputies were able to find the vehicle about three hours later in the Cherry Tree Crossing area.

 

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WW1949
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WW1949 01/24/11 - 09:10 am
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I wonder if it was trashed.

I wonder if it was trashed. In the Cherry Tree area no doubt. Don't go there in broad daylight.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 01/24/11 - 09:30 am
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Thank goodness she had

Thank goodness she had already gotten out of the car. So there's a vote today on the crime community task force?

seenitB4
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seenitB4 01/24/11 - 09:32 am
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Crime is getting close &

Crime is getting close & personal!!

Dixieman
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Dixieman 01/24/11 - 09:41 am
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I NEVER get out of my car and

I NEVER get out of my car and leave it running! Turn it off, take your keys with you and restart it when you get back in.

Chillen
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Chillen 01/24/11 - 09:47 am
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The crime beat goes on and on

The crime beat goes on and on and on and on.

Build more prisons and lock them up for the maximum term. No TV, no internet, no community dining, no community outdoor time. No healthcare except basic first aid. PB & J, peas & water for meals. Books for entertainment. Make prison an absolutely devastating place to go. Maybe they won't want to return.

stairway2nowhere
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stairway2nowhere 01/24/11 - 10:06 am
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ga already has more people in

ga already has more people in prison than any other state....what they need is keep the pot smokers out of jail cells so they can lock up these armed robbers rapists and murderers forever,,,but since prisons have been turned into private for profit institutions they have to keep every cell occupied or wackenhut and other companiesthat run these prisons lose money

showboat
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showboat 01/24/11 - 10:09 am
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why leave your car running
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why leave your car running take the keys out and cut it off.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 01/24/11 - 10:12 am
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dixieman....Can you remember

dixieman....Can you remember the days when you could leave your car running to heat it up....didn't have to worry about someone running off with it.....windows were wide open in the summer time for the fresh air....doors weren't always locked at night....kids played till dark & that wasn't a problem..bring back those days...that is why we call them the Good Ole Days!

sugarbutton
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sugarbutton 01/24/11 - 10:27 am
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C'mon, Not Cherry Tree

C'mon, Not Cherry Tree Crossing.

sugarbutton
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sugarbutton 01/24/11 - 10:29 am
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We lost alot of the good ol

We lost alot of the good ol days when we quit standing up for our rights when someone wronged us. Take back our America and our morals. You can't get 'em all, but you can get some of them.

AutumnLeaves
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AutumnLeaves 01/24/11 - 10:58 am
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Welcome to our world, Matt.

Welcome to our world, Matt. Sorry it had to hit you so close to home, too. That sort of thing is what the suburbs in 30906 have been dealing with for the last 20 years.

dani
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dani 01/24/11 - 11:18 am
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I have 2 sets of keys, I

I have 2 sets of keys, I leave my car warming in the morning, but it is locked.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 01/24/11 - 11:18 am
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Sad but true Leaves.

Sad but true Leaves.

trujustis
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trujustis 01/24/11 - 12:33 pm
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"Chillen" is on the right

"Chillen" is on the right track!

Sweet Tooth
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Sweet Tooth 01/24/11 - 01:31 pm
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Matt's wife screwed up. Leave

Matt's wife screwed up. Leave your car idling and unlocked?

follower
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follower 01/24/11 - 01:33 pm
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A remote starter allows you

A remote starter allows you to start the car without the key and have the doors locked. Even if a thief enters the running vehicle, the moment he presses the brake to put it in drive, the car will shut off.

All that aside, Chillen and I have been touting a "tent city" with razor wire and dogs for criminals with minimal amenities for months. Criminals shouldn't have "rights" in prison.

As he said in the past, it's only going to get worse. I agree.

getalife
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getalife 01/24/11 - 01:49 pm
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Speaking of prisons for these

Speaking of prisons for these criminals, has anyone seen the email of the prison for the terrorists in Illinois that is being passed around. It is better than most of us on the outside can afford. Why have prisons with all these luxuries.

jdsgirl63
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jdsgirl63 01/24/11 - 02:00 pm
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I thought it was illegal to

I thought it was illegal to leave a vehicle unattended with the motor running.

onlysane1left
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onlysane1left 01/24/11 - 02:11 pm
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We have a lot of prisons

We have a lot of prisons already and, yes, they are given a lot of privileges, yet, not one time does anyone every think, why is there so much crime? We just assume it is problem x, y and z, as we want more prisons built with less amenities. I'd rather spend less money on upkeep of prisoners, and more on how we can stop crime from happening, because this current system doesn't seem to work either.....

burninater
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burninater 01/24/11 - 02:45 pm
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"Speaking of prisons for

"Speaking of prisons for these criminals, has anyone seen the email of the prison for the terrorists in Illinois that is being passed around. It is better than most of us on the outside can afford. Why have prisons with all these luxuries."

Because the more expensive the prison, the larger the profit involved in building and maintenance.

Now, as far as building more prisons goes, exactly WHAT money is going to be used for that? Are we going with the "Wish In One Hand and *** In the Other Fund", or the "Dismantle Your Fire Department and Let Your Bridges Rot Fund"? I vote we go with the former, as the Chinese are more than happy to finance it.

Chillen
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Chillen 01/24/11 - 03:40 pm
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burninator, we have plenty of

burninator, we have plenty of money for prisons it's just being spent for other pet projects right now - the environment, healthcare, welfare, never-ending wars, foreign aid, war on drugs, etc.

I consider prisons basic "infrastructure" and one of the very "few" things that govt SHOULD be spending their money on. They should be building giant prisons with absolutely no amenities. Other than bars, security systems & guards - nothing in them.

Here's the republican's suggestions to eliminate $2.5 Trillion in spending. That would free up a little bit of money to house our multitudes of criminals and KEEP THEM THERE.

http://blogs.abcnews.com/thenote/2011/01/gop-lawmakers-unveil-25-trillio...

follower
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follower 01/24/11 - 04:25 pm
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Chillen, good link. In that

Chillen, good link. In that article, the Democrats say there is no way the Republicans proposal will be passed. Why? Are they now assuming the title of "the party of NO" that they accused the Republicans of being?

That article reveals a long list of stupid things the government has no business supporting, not to mention the fact that no where in the Constitution are they empowered to do so.

Fiscal responsibility. What a relief it.....can be...soon to be..... IS.

Cadence
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Cadence 01/24/11 - 05:09 pm
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Dani, that is smart. I will

Dani, that is smart. I will start doing that, using my spare key that is. I do like to warm it up for a minute when the mornings are so cold.

burninater
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burninater 01/24/11 - 05:25 pm
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Chillen, I agree cutting

Chillen, I agree cutting spending by $2.5 trillion would be remarkable. But look VERY closely at their plan: $2.3 trillion of the cuts are achieved by freezing spending at FY 2008 levels for 1 year, and then at FY2006 levels for the next ten -- essentially, removing allowances for inflation. The other $0.2 trillion is composed of targeted cuts. So the actual plan is to target $200 billion in cuts ... good start ... and then make a statement that the other $2.3 TRILLION in cuts ... will be made ... at a later date ... somehow ... by cutting something ...

Which kind of brings us right back to where we are right now, immersed in a spending problem, and with noone willing to say what drastic program cuts we are going to make to correct this problem.

Edit: I don't think that pledges are inherently useless, so a pledge to somehow make these cuts real should be taken as a positive step. However, on a day when the ACES reiterated their pledge to support civil discourse in an editorial titled "Chokeholds on Conservatives: Liberals seize chance after Tucson tragedy to go on the ideological warpath", I find myself somewhat discouraged by a mere "pledge". Let's pick this thread back up when this "plan" actually contains concrete plans for over 90% of the "pledged" spending cuts.

Crime Reports and Rewards TV
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Crime Reports and Rewards TV 01/24/11 - 06:17 pm
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We shared with Matt and the

We shared with Matt and the other county commissioners that we were attempting to get out in front of the coming crime Tsunami with Crime reports offering rewards up to 5 million dollars and starting the new AugustaCrimestoppers.org today in co commission. Now i think he may have a better idea of what we were talking about. He asked me if i had gotten Ronnie to endorse AugustaCrimeStoppers.org however last Ronnie and i spoke Ronnie said some folks out of Savannah wanted to Run Augusta Crime stoppers. Since some of Ronnie’s folk out of Savannah expressed interest, and Ronnie may be interested in it along with them we have offered him the Chairman of the Board position. He has 48 hours to express interest in the chairmanship then it moves on to others including a local retired FBI agent who used to be a neighbor of mine on the River who may be interested in that spot. Been notifying Crime Stoppers International and Crime Stoppers USA for about a year now and they did not inform us anyone was interested in AugustaCrimeStoppers.org. We have already incorporated it with the state and are cruising right along and already offering cash for tips on crime. Maybe a tip will come in on Matt’s car and we can show him how well Crime Stoppers works.

bettyboop
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bettyboop 01/24/11 - 08:07 pm
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LOL......welcome to the world

LOL......welcome to the world babygirl!!!

Brad Owens
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Brad Owens 01/24/11 - 08:13 pm
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I am glad to see that a

I am glad to see that a political leaders wife doesn't drive a Benz..they are one of us, just regular folks with all our problems...even crime.

Brad

AutumnLeaves
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AutumnLeaves 01/25/11 - 10:07 am
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jdsgirl63, good question, I

jdsgirl63, good question, I believe that was discussed when we had an unusually large number of incidents like this in a short time a few years back, it may be illegal to have it running and unsecured. If it isn't, it should be.

urright
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urright 01/25/11 - 10:22 am
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Charging someone with leaving

Charging someone with leaving a car running and unsecured is like charging a rape victim with fornication. Why punish the victim? Oh--it's easier to blame them for poor choices than to realize that crime can happen to anyone at any time. On the other hand, as Sheriff Whittle says, "Lock It or Lose It!"

PetsArePeopleToo
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PetsArePeopleToo 01/25/11 - 11:09 am
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How terrible is that?? Can

How terrible is that?? Can you imagine having your home on the "house watch list" and watching it yourself ALL NIGHT with cameras that you went in DEBT to buy because your vehicle had be ransacked twice in your padlocked gated backyard and NO ONE CARES, but you . I am very sorry that this happened but welcome to 99% of Richmond Counties world, perhaps we need to reconsider the furlough plan NOW?????

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