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Teen says laptop was stolen at restaurant


An Augusta teenager said his laptop computer was snatched from him about 10:40 p.m. Saturday while he sat on the patio of Panera Bread Co., 254 Robert C. Daniel Parkway.

Kyle Seth Lapsley, 17, told Richmond County deputies that he ran after the thief and tackled him, only to have someone else point a gun at him from a car in the restaurant's parking lot.

The man who took his computer then jumped into the vehicle, a green Mercury Sable, and the car came at the victim, jumping the curb before it drove away, Lapsley told deputies.

Woman reports men broke into her home

An Augusta woman said three men kicked in her door, ransacked her apartment and dragged her 11-year-old daughter by the hair before fleeing about 12:45 a.m. Sunday, according to a report from the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.

Crystal Fielding, of the 1800 block of Fayetteville Drive, told deputies that the three men who burst in and demanded money were in their 20s or 30s, with white T-shirts wrapped around their heads and faces.

One of the assailants grabbed the daughter by the hair, then released her and grabbed Fielding by the hair, according to the report. "Go get my gun. I'm going to kill her. Everybody lay down," he said. They left without taking anything.

Electronics taken from Rent-A-Center store

Richmond County sheriff's deputies who answered an alarm about 3 a.m. Sunday arrived to find that someone had broken through a rear entrance and stolen four flat-panel TVs and two laptops from Rent-A-Center, 1647 Gordon Highway.

Store personnel told deputies that the business had surveillance cameras, but that they weren't working at the time of the break-in, a report said.

Victim leads deputies to recover stolen items

A burglary victim retrieved his stolen property after leading Richmond County sheriff's deputies to two traffic stops Saturday, according to an incident report.

Mark Judge directed deputies to two vehicles, a white Ford Econoline van in the 2000 block of Central Avenue and a brown Chevrolet S-10 pickup on Mike Padgett Highway, according to the report.

Deputies stopped both vehicles, and inside were around $6,000 in items stolen from Judge's Tanglewood Drive home earlier that day, the report said.