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Man says robbers took credit cards, vehicle


Police are searching for two men accused of robbing and injuring a man at a downtown hotel Friday night.

The victim told police that while he sat in his SUV at Budget Inn in the 400 block of Broad Street two men approached him about 11:30 p.m., striking him on the head with a handgun. He said the men entered his vehicle and they drove to a Wachovia ATM to withdraw money from the victim's account. The men reportedly took $300 from the ATM, drove the man back to the hotel and left with the man's vehicle, cash and two credit cards.

Break-ins reported at Augusta area schools

Authorities discovered Saturday that two Augusta area schools had been broken into.

In one case, Richmond County sheriff's deputies responded to Alleluia High School, in the 2000 block of Peach Orchard Road, at 1:39 a.m., according to a sheriff's office report. A witness stated that four men ran from the school and had entered through a rear door. No items were reported stolen.

The second case was reported at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Southside Elementary School, 3310 Old Louisville Road. The break-in reportedly happened between 5 p.m. Friday and 9:30 a.m. Saturday. Someone pried open a classroom window and took a Dell computer worth $650.

Police seek two men in afternoon holdup

Police say two armed men robbed an Augusta convenience store Saturday afternoon.

The holdup at the Golden Pantry Food Store in the 3000 block of Mike Padgett Highway occurred about 4:30 p.m., according to an Augusta 911 dispatch supervisor. Two men reportedly entered the store wearing do-rags over their faces and held up the store clerk. Authorities were unsure what was taken in the robbery.

Road check results in several arrests

Richmond County police made several traffic arrests Friday night while conducting a road check in Barton Village.

Sheriff's deputies, Special Operations Bureau units and the Georgia State Patrol conducted the check from about 10 p.m. to midnight. There were 30 cases, including two DUIs, three outstanding warrants, five suspended or unlicensed drivers and 20 other assorted charges, according to a sheriff's office news release.