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Stolen car used to try to smash way into ATM


Police said Tuesday that thieves used a vehicle stolen in a carjacking Monday to try to run over an automated teller machine and steal the cash inside.

Deputies are searching for three people who carjacked and robbed a woman who was dropping off her boyfriend at Pepsi-Cola Bottling Co. in the 500 block of Bobby Jones Expressway.

One pointed an assault rifle at the couple and demanded money. The two then forced the victims out of their vehicle, a burgundy 1999 Pontiac Grand Am, and drove away with more than $100 and a cell phone.

The third suspect left the scene in another vehicle.

A short time later, police said, the stolen car was used to ram into an ATM at Regions Bank at 1219 Augusta West Parkway. Video of the incident shows the thief hitting the machine with the car, then trying to pry it open, a Richmond County sheriff's report said.

One suspect charged in McDuffie drug raid

Sheriff's Maj. Ronnie Williamson said Tuesday that one man has been charged as a result of Monday's drug raid in McDuffie County.

Kevin Gaines, 29, of the 1000 block of Old Wrightsboro Road, was charged with theft by receiving stolen property and criminal use of an article with an altered identification number. Williamson said the article was lawn maintenance equipment.

Four other suspects were still on investigative hold at the McDuffie Law Enforcement Center, he said.

FBI Agent Anthony Russo said he did not want to disclose the number taken into custody Monday, but five people were seen being brought to the temporary command post.

At a news conference Monday, federal, state and local law enforcement officials said the raid was part of a nine-month drug investigation.

2 sought in robbery on Gordon Highway

Richmond County sheriff's deputies were searching Tuesday for two men involved in an armed robbery on Gordon Highway.

According to a sheriff's incident report, the two men drove into a Gordon Highway parking lot in an older model blue Pontiac Bonneville about 2:50 a.m.

They approached a 25-year-old man, pointed a pistol at him and said, "Give it up."

The victim said he gave them more than $700.

Cigarettes stolen from North Augusta store

A burglar stole 267 cartons of cigarettes worth $9,500 from the Murphy USA on Knox Avenue in North Augusta on Monday.

A clerk discovered the door of the store pried open when she came to work, indicating the theft happened between midnight and 5 a.m., according to a North Augusta Public Safety report.

A manager told the investigating officer that similar thefts had happened in other jurisdictions, a report shows.

City to receive grant for beautification

Augusta will receive a $50,000 GATEway Grant from the Georgia Department of Transportation to beautify the right of way at Doug Barnard Parkway and Lock and Dam Road in front of the city's Messerly Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Mayor Deke Copenhaver said the grant-funded improvements will be coupled with a similar project in front of the plant but outside the right of way to give the area an improved appearance.

Man says day care owner attacked him

A Hephzibah man told police he was attacked by the owner of an Augusta day-care center after they argued over a business deal.

According to a Richmond County Sheriff's Office report, Christopher M. Thompson, 41, also said he pulled a handgun away from Raymond Ogelsby during the altercation in the office of A Child's Dream Daycare, 2502 Deans Bridge Road.

Thompson told deputies that Ogelsby grabbed him and pushed him, causing a scratch on his arm and a tear in his shirt. Thompson also said he grabbed a handgun from the owner's waist and tossed it away, causing Ogelsby to say the argument was finished, according to the report.

Thompson told police he intends to prosecute.