Returning UGA students find break-ins

ATHENS, Ga. -- Nearly a dozen people called Athens-Clarke County police during the past weekend to report burglaries at their homes. The reports indicated that all of the burglaries had occurred sometime after Dec. 14, coinciding with the University of Georgia’s holiday break and encompassing the Clarke County School District’s holiday break as well. Classes at both the university and Clarke County’s public schools resume today.


Burglary reports taken by Athens-Clarke police during the weekend included:

• The theft of $200 in cash, multiple TVs and a PlayStation 2, with a total value of $1,900, from Exchange Apartments on Preserve Drive. The apartment was entered through a pried-open window.

In an interesting twist, a birth certificate had been removed from a box and placed on a bed in the apartment. Police were unsure whether photos of the document might have been made for purposes of identity theft.

• Another burglary on Preserve Drive took place sometime between Christmas and Saturday. The two residents came back to find their door unlocked. Police determined that the burglar came in through the front bedroom window. Among the items taken were a 32-inch Samsung flat-screen television and a DVD player.

• The theft of items valued at a total of $1,320 — including three pairs of women’s shoes and various pieces of jewelry — from Aspen Heights Apartments on Barnett Shoals Road.

• A Frederick Drive resident who told police a TV, laptop computer and a tablet computer were missing. The home was entered through a side window, according to a police report.

• A Dogwood Apartments resident who reported the theft of a TV and a purse containing a wallet and cash.

• The theft of a TV, PlayStation 3, cologne, a watch and a pair of sunglasses from a Bayberry Court residence either late Friday night or early Saturday morning.

• A Kathwood Drive townhouse, also entered either Friday or early Saturday, from which a bracelet, two necklaces and an iPad were taken.

• A Highland Park Drive home was burglarized between Dec. 16 and Saturday. While there was no sign of forced entry, the basement door was unlocked. Among the items taken from the home were a 32-inch flat-screen television, a 14-inch notebook computer and a purple iPod Nano.

Multiple other locations were reported to have been ransacked between Dec. 14 and Sunday, but nothing was determined to be missing from those locations.



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