Hephzibah man who used 7-year-old daughter as lookout in burglary pleads guilty

A man who used his 7-year-old daughter as a lookout while he burglarized an Augusta home has pleaded guilty to burglary and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.


Ronald Jay Miller, 38, pleaded guilty July 10 in Richmond County Superior Court. Judge Sheryl B. Jolly imposed a sentence of 10 years’ probation, with the condition Miller is to complete a drug-rehab program.

Miller had been in the Augusta Judicial Circuit’s drug court program but had absconded at the time of his arrest for the Nov. 11 burglary.

According to sheriff’s investigators, the Hephzibah man made his daughter stand watch while he stole copper wire from an Augusta home.

The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office received an anonymous tip that Miller had burglarized a home in the 2300 block of Laurel Lane with his daughter between Nov. 11 and Nov. 25.

According to the police report, Miller told his daughter to keep an eye out for the police while he burglarized the home.

Girl, 7, stood guard during burglary, police say