2 armed men rob Citi Trends

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Two armed men robbed Citi Trends, at 1329 Augusta West Parkway, late Tuesday, according to the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.

Sheriff's Lt. Robbie Silas said that at 10:23 p.m., the two men approached workers as they were leaving and forced them back inside the business.

The robbers took an undetermined amount of money, then left in a black or dark-colored vehicle traveling toward Wheeler Road. No one was injured in the robbery, Silas said. 

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southern2
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southern2 02/16/11 - 06:46 am
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Sad to watch this area become

Sad to watch this area become a crime zone. It was really a great place to live a few years ago. Glad the workers were not hurt.

Dixieman
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Dixieman 02/16/11 - 10:29 am
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I thought it was a bank.

I thought it was a bank.

countyman
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countyman 02/16/11 - 10:48 am
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Lol, Augusta West Parkway

Lol, Augusta West Parkway becoming a crime zone due to one robbery?? Please tell me you're joking.. Using that type of logic then every area in the CSRA with a medium to large shopping area is becoming one.. Augusta West Parkway is by far one of the most safest and nicest areas in the entire CSRA.... Brookstone Condos and Hill Haven are very nice neighborhoods made up of upper middle class residents...

I always find it funny when one crime happens in Richmond County, somehow the entire area now is no longer attractive...

puppydog
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puppydog 02/16/11 - 10:48 am
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countyman, you are mistaken.

countyman, you are mistaken. you haven't been reading the news lately apparently. there have been several crimes in that area in the recent months. just last month there was a violent home invasion/armed robbery in the very nice neighborhood off Augusta West Parkway.

countyman
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countyman 02/16/11 - 11:30 am
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No your mistaken, you're

No your mistaken, you're using news articles instead of acutal crime stats... Check the overall crime statistics for the Augusta West Parkway area and see for yourself. I do happen to read the news everyday.... 90% of the crimes reported in the news are in Richmond County so that's not a valid point.. I definitely haven't heard or read about several crimes in the area...

Why did a developer invest millions building the Brookstone condos(start in the low 200k's)? Why would WJBF/WAGT spend millions of dollars renovating a building on Augusta West Pkwy if the area isn't low crime? The two media outlets could have located anywhere in the CSRA.

There are violent crimes in nice areas all over the CSRA... They're just not reported as much compared to the crimes in Richmond County.. Recently there was a home invasion in Westlake and last month a man was robbed at gunpoint in the Zaxby's parking lot across the street in Martinez... Four to Five men commited a home invasion/armed robbery in a nice neighborhood on Blanchard rd in Evans..

Emerydan
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Emerydan 02/16/11 - 11:59 am
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The store that was robbed was

The store that was robbed was a CitiTrends.. that should tell you right there how much that area has gone downhill.

the_source
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the_source 02/16/11 - 12:04 pm
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Part of my job is to try to

Part of my job is to try to see trends in the real estate markets. Best I can figure is that the bad element from South Augusta is slowly polluting West Augusta, West Augusta is moving towards Martinez, Martinez is moving towards Evans, and things appear to be spreading towards Grovetown.

South Augusta is the starting point for all the migration. Nowadays, it seems that every week there is a shooting or armed robbery there in the AGC. What a sewer.

countyman
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countyman 02/16/11 - 12:51 pm
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It's funny how some people

It's funny how some people act like South Augusta(100k residents) is the only place in the metro with sketchy neighborhoods/areas... The same people never mention the nicer areas(Lakes at Spirit Creek, Southlake Estates, Goshen, The Hamptons, Diamond Lakes, Richmond Estates, Longpoint Townhomes, Walton Farms, The Orchard, Walton Hills, Southhampton etc)..

Where does it say what part of town the suspects live in? 401 is full of people who don't live in Augusta or Richmond County.. I don't really see huge diffrence between Citi Trends compared to Marshalls, Ross, TJ Maxx, or Burlington. Citi Trends recently updated their sign outside the plaza.. The area also has a Burlington, Augusta Ice Sports Center, Miyabis, Strayer University, WJBF/WAGT, several banks, professional offices, Hibachi Grill, and a future XS Live....

According to some people more news articles automatically means crime is rising.. The real numbers don't lie..

''The empirical fact is that, since 2008, overall crime in Augusta has decreased. According to the numbers, there were 33,692 crimes committed in the year 2008, and that number includes all crimes minus traffic violations and things such as probation violations. In 2010, that number fell to 31,894, meaning there was a decrease in overall crime''.
http://metrospirit.com/index.php?cat=13040802113880001&ShowArticle_ID=13...

Crime Reports and Rewards TV
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Crime Reports and Rewards TV 02/16/11 - 12:54 pm
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Crime took off by over 1000%

Crime took off by over 1000% everywhere from about the time the evolution religion began showing up in textbooks, not just the CSRA. (Source U.S. Government statistics).
We are not as bad off as a lot of places YET, which is why folks are moving here. However just because we are not topping the charts now is no reason to let up on preventing crime as once those figures hit the books they will begin to exact a toll on our standard of living. So let's practice preventive crime measures and keep those figures comparatively low.

the_source
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the_source 02/16/11 - 12:57 pm
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countyman said "The real

countyman said "The real numbers don't lie.."

Let's say you and your family are looking for a place to live and have narrowed it down to 2 places. Let's say one area (labeled "worse" area for this example) has had 10 violent crimes in a month and another area (labeled "better" area for this example) has had 1 violent crime for the same month. Now let's say that the "worse" area the next month has reduced to this to 9 violent crimes but the "better area in this same month now has 2 violent crimes. The "worse" area just reduced its crime rate by 10% while the "better" area has had a 100% increase in crime for the same time period.

Just because the "better" area had a 100% increase in crime and the "worse" area had a 10% decrease in crime, I ask you where would you want to live? My point is that people can play with numbers and statistics almost any way they want to put their own spin on an issue. Don't be fooled by "the real numbers that don't lie".

dougk
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dougk 02/16/11 - 01:32 pm
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Crimereports, you really need
Unpublished

Crimereports, you really need to stop attributing your opinions to a nonexistent source. I think that's a crime that only a "blog thug" would commit.

dlico2
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dlico2 02/16/11 - 03:37 pm
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I work off Augusta West

I work off Augusta West Parkway and have for almost 8 years. I can tell you it is getting worse in this area. There was a meth lab in the apartments behind regions bank. Rite Aid or Walgreens was robbed not once but twice at the corner of AWP and Wheeler Road. The credit union was hit, Seaboard, they asked our employees about the case because the suspects parked in our parking lot. Burlington was hit, maybe twice. Just two months ago we made a call to police because a suv with two young males were parked outside, one standing at the back of our building with his shirt in his hand and the other sitting behind the wheel of the car. When they saw us, he dropped his shirt and jumped in the car and sped away. My company has installed locks and video. Our customers have to ring the bell to enter. Id say thats getting worse.

dental14
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dental14 02/16/11 - 04:24 pm
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countyman, you can say

countyman, you can say whatever you like about the crime statistics, but Augusta is not a safe place to live. I recently moved here in June and this is the first place I have ever been afraid to live. Where I grew up, and even where I did my undergrad, people were not afraid to go out after dark and people showed common decency. The short time I have lived here has convinced me to always keep a gun close at had and not go out after dark unless absolutely necessary. The crime and general lack of respect shown by some in this town is appalling.

dougk
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dougk 02/16/11 - 04:33 pm
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Dental.. the only people who
Unpublished

Dental.. the only people who are afraid to go outside at night in Augusta are those who either watch too much TV or who believe the fear-mongering by those who post comments here. As far as lack of respect, maybe you're hanging around the wrong people.

countyman
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countyman 02/16/11 - 05:05 pm
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Dental14... You must be

Dental14... You must be another victim of the news or listening to the usual suspects on here..

The real number's don't lie...

Violent crime rankings per 100k(shootings, stabbings rapes, murders, armed robberies)

Highest crime rates/4th Quartile
Flint, MI
Stockton, CA
Baton Rouge, LA
Bimingham, AL
Bridgeport, CT
Chattanooga, TN

Average crime rate/3rd Quartile
Dayton, OH
Rochester, NY
Tacoma, WA
Tallahassee, FL
Beaumont, TX
Shreveport, LA
Jackson, MS

Average crime rate/2nd Quartile
Grand Rapids, MI
Richmond. VA
Greensboro, NC
Springfield, MO
St. Paul, MN
Winston-Salem, NC
South Bend, IN

Lowest crime rate/1st Quartile
Salt Lake City, UT
Norfolk, VA
Augusta, GA
Raleigh, NC
Mobile, AL
Montgomery, AL

slickrayder
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slickrayder 02/16/11 - 05:34 pm
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now if all of u would really

now if all of u would really look at the location,,,its just off wrightsboro rd ,by the mall.thats not to upscale...i was car jacked at the mall before thanksgiving....so yes its not safe ,,,,be careful where ever u go

Kirkwood
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Kirkwood 02/16/11 - 07:06 pm
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One of the downfalls for the

One of the downfalls for the Augusta West Parkway area is the Section 8 housing that is behind Augusta West Plaza. You don't find that advertised. I regularly talk with the Richmond County officers that patrol the area. They are out there constantly. The abandoned Regal Cinemas is regularly broken into and used for nefarious purposes. Unfortunately, there are some really nice businesses along Augusta West Pkwy that are suffering because of it.

Countyman, WJBF/WAGT doesn't have the same concerns a retail business has when choosing their location. There isn't easily accessible cash in a TV studio. The location is ideal for them as it puts them in a central location to Richmond/Columbia County and they have instant highway access. I am thrilled to have them choose the old Barnes and Noble building. They are a powerful ally to have when things need to be done that require political connections.

the_source
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the_source 02/16/11 - 08:00 pm
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countyman said "Violent crime

countyman said "Violent crime rankings per 100k(shootings, stabbings rapes, murders, armed robberies)"

Link please. I'd like to see where you get your info and hope it's not just some kid who blogs on the Internet for kicks.

dental14
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dental14 02/16/11 - 08:46 pm
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I would also like to see the

I would also like to see the sources for those numbers. You seem very interested in the buildings and businesses in the Augusta area, constantly saying who is coming to this town and spouting crime statistics. Seems like you have a vested interest in talking about those places. But you seem to forget that just because a business opens a store here doesn't mean its a great place to live, it means that the corporation feels there is a high enough population base in which to turn a profit. Those numbers get higher for Augusta because certain demographics represented here spend all their money in retail stores rather than saving it. Its economics. I do not buy into fear mongering, but when I compare here to where I grew up, it is worlds worse. And dougk, the lack of respect isnt from the people I associate with, its hearing people's conversations at the gas station, the grocery store, the Augusta Mall, watching people dart into traffic on Fifteenth Street. There is a large group of people in this city with absolutely no manners.

dougk
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dougk 02/16/11 - 09:39 pm
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Sounds like maybe you come
Unpublished

Sounds like maybe you come from a place where you feel black people know who the master is??

the_source
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the_source 02/16/11 - 09:44 pm
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dental14 said "There is a

dental14 said "There is a large group of people in this city with absolutely no manners."

I don't know where the bad element in South Augusta originated, I only know that it is spreading. In tough economic times like now, it will probably spread even faster. Unless the leaders of Augusta stop their petty bickering and start enforcing harsher penalties on those convicted of crimes for the greater good, this criminal growth will go unchecked and only continue to escalate.

Someone here got carjacked at The Augusta Mall? Wow, that seems like such a nice place. I have a feeling that it will end up like Regency Mall within the next 10 years.

chascush
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chascush 02/16/11 - 10:04 pm
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dough, ‘Sounds like maybe you

dough, ‘Sounds like maybe you come from a place where you feel black people know who the master is??’
Sounds like you believe everything is about race.

dougk
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dougk 02/16/11 - 10:15 pm
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I've lived in this area long
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I've lived in this area long enough to have learned the codes: "a certain demographic" means black people and "lack of respect"means black people think they are equal to white people.

dental14
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dental14 02/16/11 - 11:12 pm
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dougk, it is people like you

dougk, it is people like you that keep the race card alive and well. I come from a place where people work hard and treat others with respect. Lack of respect simply means when others treat people like they are the center of the universe and we are just lucky to be living in it. My closest friends are white, black, Asian, and whatever label you would like to use. Calling someone a racist without truly knowing them is one of the more ignorant things one can say.

oldfella
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oldfella 02/17/11 - 07:19 am
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Not to bust on "Crimes +

Not to bust on "Crimes + Rewards" but I still do not for the life of me see the connection between evolution and crime, especially a 100 percent increase. When I went to school (I'm 48, maybe things have changed) I think they taught evolution as fact, I don't remermber. All I know is I have never seen a fellow student have an epiphany and shout "I'm only a monkey! Well I'm going to become a criminal!". To be honest, I think humans are pretty special whether you believe we got here over billions of years, or in the blink of an eye. If we have to have belief in a Biblical God to keep us from becoming Public Enemy #1, maybe we are no better than an animal that has to live in fear of it's master/trainer to keep us on the straight and narrow. BTW America has one of the highest percentage of regular church-goin' Bible totin' folk, but also one of the highest violent crime rates. Just sayin'.....

countyman
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countyman 02/17/11 - 12:06 pm
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The Augusta West Parkway area

The Augusta West Parkway area has a very low violent crime rate. The critics don't want to look at the actual crime stats surrounding Augusta West Plaza.. They only want to mention every crime they can think of that's happen in the last 3-5 yeaars.. And the large majority of those crimes are simple burglaries.

According to these people I guess Buckhead in Atlanta is no longer safe lol.. There's definitely been plenty of burglaries in the exclusive Buckhead area and several rich women have been robbed while shopping at Lenox mall.. Anytime there's a large shopping area there would be some crime...

Source and Dental14.... Here is the link for the violent crime rankings per 100 people... The source is the FBI violent crime stats...

http://www.dcvb-nc.com/cr/2009_crime_comparative.pdf

The overall crime rate and violent crime rate have both decreased in Richmond County since 2008, but somehow the criminal element is growing lol.. Those apartments on Augusta West Plaza aren't definitely not section 8.. Section 8 apartments in Augusta are places like River Glenn, East Augusta Commons, etc...

The crime stats show the real deal on Augusta West Plaza.. I guess the Mullings Crossing area in Evans, Aiken mall area in Aiken, the Kmart area in Martinez, and Knox Avenue in North Augusta are going downhill too... Some of the surrouding businesses and residents have been robbed.. There's actually been a shooting before in the Academy Sports Outdoor parking lot across from Mullins Crossing..

justthefacts
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justthefacts 02/17/11 - 12:05 pm
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County, not one of your

County, not one of your critics, but I can tell you Buckhead has definitely gone down. Most folks who head that way for dinner now stop at Midtown.

countyman
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countyman 02/17/11 - 12:25 pm
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Justthefacts, it's still the

Justthefacts, it's still the one of the most exclusive areas in the united states... Even spray paint can be found in Manhattan.. When areas continue to add population, stores, businesses, crime will follow...

The exclusive stores chosed to locate in the Streets of Buckhead if the development still goes through... Legoland(the third in the united states) also chosed to open in Phipps Plaza in Buckhead and not in Midtown... Buckhead is really the town center area of Atlanta and not Midtown or Downtown..

There's been several crimes at Atlantic Station and around Georgia Tech in Midtown...

Nice and even exclusive areas aren't immune to crime.. But there's still a huge diffrence between a area with mostly property crimes and a occasional robbery.. Versus living in area where violent crime is very common...

Pursefreak
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Pursefreak 02/17/11 - 04:27 pm
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Crime is EVERYWHERE!!! And

Crime is EVERYWHERE!!! And stop portraying South Augusta as the catalyst for all things criminal in the CSRA.

booble
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booble 02/17/11 - 04:32 pm
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I grew up in Detroit and I am

I grew up in Detroit and I am here to tell you that racism in this city is far worse !!! It's hard to believe! But it's the truth. When you watch the Commisioners and the Laney- Walker debate, etc., you see it is alive and well in this town!!! I am afraid to go Downtown after dark as there is no Police presence around! The bad elements around at that time, take over the streets and no one is safe!!! If there were more patrol of that area perhaps it wouldn't get such a bad rap!!!

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