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Augusta home vandalized, copper wiring stolen

Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011 11:37 PM
Last updated 11:54 PM
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An Augusta home was vandalized, and copper wire was stolen Tuesday.

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.

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cityman
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cityman 11/02/11 - 10:00 am
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Fingerprints taken....NOT!
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Fingerprints taken....NOT! Until the Sheriffs department takes thefts serously, nothing is going to get better. Lawless!

studmuffin1533
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studmuffin1533 11/02/11 - 10:14 am
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Even money that recovered

Even money that recovered bikes were stolen.

hounddog
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hounddog 11/02/11 - 10:28 am
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‘When he arrived, he saw two
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‘When he arrived, he saw two black males between 20 and 25 years old,’
This seems to be a standard description in RC. When are the liberals and black leaders going to admit and address this MONSTER they have created with the entitlement mentality?

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 11/02/11 - 12:53 pm
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Wow, $2,000 damage to the

Wow, $2,000 damage to the man's home, and the scrap value of the wiring is probably $1.50 tops.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 11/02/11 - 01:07 pm
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Little Lamb, have you checked

Little Lamb, have you checked the price of sheetrock and copper wiring lately.... I believe $2000 is a fair estimate on what it would cost to repair the walls (repair or replace, mud and tape, and paint the wall) not to mention the cost to replace and rewire. If copper wire was only worth $1.50 tops, I do believe we wouldn't be reading about all the copper wiring being stole time and time again.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 11/02/11 - 01:11 pm
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I know that the cost of new

I know that the cost of new copper wiring is pricey. I was referring to what those clowns were likely to get at the scrapyard for the small amount they ripped out of the walls & ceilings.

Vito45
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Vito45 11/02/11 - 01:24 pm
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$2k is very realistic. It

$2k is very realistic. It isn't the value of the replacement wire at issue, it is the labor for re-installation. These miscreants just ripped out what they could and cut it. Those circuits will get replaced all the way back to the panel, possibly ripping out more sheetrock in the process.

And yes, LL; what they will get at the scrapyard is peanuts. That is what is so infuriating about this kind of vandalism, doing $thousands$ of damage for relative pennies.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 11/02/11 - 01:22 pm
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LL, you are probably right

LL, you are probably right about that.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 11/02/11 - 01:26 pm
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If the walls can not be

If the walls can not be repaired and a new sheet has to be replaced then you get into damage up near the ceiling and see how this is a rental and probably getting ready for new tenants (since he was called by his carpet installer) then the man is loosing money for the delay in renting his place. Anyway you look at it.....it's going to cost him a good bit.

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