A trail of blood at a local shopping center led police to an Augusta teenager who was accused of wrecking his getaway car after trying to break into several parked vehicles.
Desmond D. Thompson, 18, of 2427 Amsterdam Drive, was arrested about midnight on a felony charge of first-degree burglary.
When Richmond County sheriff’s deputies found Thompson, his hands were covered in blood and he was standing in the front yard of a home on the 2200 block of Winston Way, within feet of a 2008 Suzuki XL7 whose front-end was smashed into a tree, according to a police report.
While investigating a burglary at Fred’s at 2416 Windsor Spring Road, two deputies reported they heard a “loud crashing noise” coming from a neighborhood behind the dollar store.
The deputies had been flagged down by a 61-year-old man who said he saw a young man trying to break into locked cars.
Deputies never found a burglar, but they did report that the glass door to Beeper Connection was smashed, the business’ alarm was sounding and a magazine to a .25-caliber handgun was lying in front of the store. Deputies followed a blood trail to Fred’s, where the front door was shattered.
Inside the wrecked Suzuki, they found a .25-caliber gun.