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Equipment stolen from North Augusta High

Sunday, May 20, 2012 8:36 PM
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NORTH AUGUSTA -- More than $12,000 worth of equipment was stolen from a trailer belonging to the North Augusta High School band and True North Church, authorities said.

Around 9 a.m. Friday, the resource officer for the school was told by a staff member the storage trailers for the band had been broken into, a North Augusta Public Safety incident report said.

An investigation into the fenced area located on the 2000 block of Knobcone Avenue revealed the lock to the fence had been cut as well as the locks to all five trailers inside the fence, although equipment was only stolen from one.

The report said the stolen items included a $900 sub woofer, two $300 speakers, a Yamaha 3000 watt electric generator valued at $2,000, and one Yamaha motif synthesizer valued at $3,000.

Another truck located in the same area belonging to True North Church located on Martintown Road was also broken into, the report said.

The thief took items including A sound board compartment valued at $3,000 and a Panasonic projector screen valued at $3,500.

Officers at the scene took photographs and latent fingerprints.

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TrulyWorried
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TrulyWorried 05/20/12 - 10:47 pm
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How utterly disgusting - I

How utterly disgusting - I hope that law enforcement will be able to find the culprits soon and recover all the equipment. Criminals are everywhere and had to know what was in those trailers.

KSL
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KSL 05/20/12 - 10:59 pm
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I 'm totally sick of people

I 'm totally sick of people who would do this. I am thinking the proscribed punishments and the swiftness of their implementation need to be escalated. And why not? Criminal scientific investigation has advanced.

Linthead
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Linthead 05/21/12 - 08:09 am
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Stupid is as stupid does

Who leaves $10,000+ worth of stuff in trailers parked virtually on the side of a lightly travelled road with only small, ineffective padlocks to secure them?
Not that that makes it a "you get what you deserve thing", but maybe they would have been better protected across the street at the school in the actual parking lot or next to the auditorium.....

bdouglas
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bdouglas 05/21/12 - 08:31 am
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@Linthead If you knew

@Linthead If you knew anything about the parking situation at NAHS you'd know there's not remotely any space to park this stuff on the normal school lots. Further, you're suggesting that moving these box trucks and trailers over to an unsecured parking lot tucked into a well-hidden area is going to be safer than having them in a fenced-in, locked area that is clearly visible from Knobcone Ave? Obviously the latter didn't work either, but your suggestion certainly isn't more secure.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 05/21/12 - 09:46 am
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Nitpicky

The first sentence gives one the impression that the theft was from one trailer jointly owned by the school and the church. Later in the story we learn that it was from two trailers, one owned by the school and the other owned by the church.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 05/21/12 - 09:53 am
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Trailers

Can anyone tell me what these "storage trailers" are? Do they have wheels or are they like boxes that sit on the ground?

What kind of equipment was in the other four storage trailers that didn't merit stealing?

Is North Augusta High School so overcrowded that they don't have places inside the school building to store that electronic equipment?

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 05/21/12 - 10:05 am
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Nitpicky #2

It turns out that equipment was stolen from a trailer owned by the school band and from a truck owned by the church. Those are two different things.

In the third from the last paragraph, the unnamed reporter uses the term "another" to describe the church's truck. It would have been better to have written "A truck" instead of "Another truck."

gcap
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gcap 05/21/12 - 10:29 am
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What's happened to Aiken County?

Murders in Aiken. Thieves in NA taking thousands in equipment. Are you educating your youth? Are the cops capable? Or are they simply understaffed? Are the courts doing their jobs? Is Columbia County next?

bdouglas
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bdouglas 05/21/12 - 12:34 pm
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@LL "Is North Augusta High

@LL "Is North Augusta High School so overcrowded that they don't have places inside the school building to store that electronic equipment?"

The lot where this happened is next to the band's practice field that is across Knobcone Ave from the school and football stadium. Much of that equipment was being stored right where it was needed rather than hauling it all over there each time they practice.

As for storing things inside... The church also had some computer equipment stolen in the past couple weeks from a locked storage area inside the building that they are allowed to use as part of their rental fees. Storing things inside doesn't make them any more safe, unfortunately.

countyman
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countyman 05/21/12 - 01:17 pm
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Gcap.. I wouldn't read WRDW

Gcap.. I wouldn't read WRDW this morning then lol, because a shooting occurred in North Augusta last night.. I don't think anything is happening to Aiken County except for time.. It's hard for immediate suburbs to not change over time, and just ask Cobb, Dekalb, and Gwinnett in metro Atlanta... Some middle class neighborhoods and apartments become working class/poorer due to the continued building of newer residential...

The Chronicle could also be reporting more of the crime in Aiken County.. Obviously I'm not including homicides, but usually shootings don't make the paper unless it happen in Richmond County.. The Chronicle hasn't published the shooting in North Augusta yet...

Columbia County is the smallest of the three counties in population and will feel the effect... Obviously parts of Grovetown and Harlem were never middle class, but the Blue Ridge/Old Petersburg/Old Evans used to be a solid middle class area... Of course Wedgewood, and the future Magnolia Trace won't help either.. Apartments such as Ridge Crossing, Shenandoah ridge, and Apple Cross have felt the effects..

Gage Creed
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Gage Creed 05/21/12 - 08:03 pm
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From the AC Crime Database

~Analysis:For the week of May 9 through May 15, a total of 222 crimes tracked by The Augusta Chronicle were reported to the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.

As usual, more than half of those crimes, 121, were assaults. Eight were serious enough to have potentially fatal consequences. The most assaults, 23, occurred on Thursday.

Other violent crimes reported during the week included eight robberies and six cases of reckless conduct.

There were a total of 59 burglaries during the week. The most break-ins, 10, occurred Friday. The East Augusta emergency response area had the most burglaries, six, followed by the areas of National Hills and Belair, each of which had four break-ins.

There were also 18 cases of property damage during the week.

The Richmond Hill emergency response area had the most crimes, 15. The East Augusta area had 11 and Lake Aumond emergency response area had 10. ~

blues550
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blues550 05/22/12 - 12:00 am
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Wow
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From the dweeb taking apart every word in the story to the statiticians. Obviously you folks have an abundance of time on your hands.

I just find it amusing that the good citizenry of North Augusta scoffs at the antics in Richmond County. Perhaps people living in a greenhouse should not be casting stones.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 05/22/12 - 08:12 am
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Spin

Countyman wrote:

Obviously parts of Grovetown and Harlem were never middle class, but the Blue Ridge/Old Petersburg/Old Evans used to be a solid middle class area.

What in the world does this statement have to do with the story?

Iwannakno
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Iwannakno 05/22/12 - 01:19 pm
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Nothing LL, I have never seen
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Nothing LL, I have never seen someone lol at a shooting...of course since it didn't happen in the CBD of NA it doesn't count...according to his formula for crimes....

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