David Hardin of Wrens, Ga., got a call from his carpet installer informing him that someone was inside his rental property in the 1900 block of Murphy Road. When he arrived, he saw two black males between 20 and 25 years old, both wearing white T-shirts and blue jeans, by the central air unit according to a Richmond County Sheriff’s Office report.
Hardin drove up to the men and yelled at them. One ran east through a neighbor’s yard, and the other ran south toward Murphy Crossing.
Jack Frontis Watson saw the confrontation and chased one burglar into the woods with his car. A neighbor, Susan Clark, also saw it and discovered two bikes by her back fence. Both men escaped.
Deputies discovered numerous holes on the inside walls and ceiling where the copper wiring was removed. The air conditioner was also in the process of being stripped.
The estimated damage is $2,000 and the investigation was turned over to sheriff’s Investigator Kendall Brown, who is heading up Richmond County’s copper theft division.