Holdups hit UGA students this month

Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013 7:50 AM
Last updated 6:12 PM
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ATHENS, Ga. -- During a nine-day period of November, eight University of Georgia students fell victim to robberies.

Several of the robberies occurred as students walked to or from downtown, and all but one of them were armed robberies.

To combat future hold-ups, Athens-Clarke County police said they have placed additional officers in the area.

“We’ve certainly taken notice of what’s happened and we already were focusing our efforts and resources to reduce robberies,” Athens-Clarke police Maj. Mike Hunsinger said on Monday. “Anytime we get an uptick like this we put officers where they need to be.”

An arrest was made in the most recent armed robbery that took place early Saturday. The two victims had not yet even reported the thefts of their wallets.

When searching the suspect, 22-year-old Ryne Dion Forte, officers said they found wallets belonging to the students.

Due to similarities, police said they are investigating the possibility that Forte was involved in the robbery of four UGA students on Nov. 7 in Athens.

UGA Police Chief Jimmy Williamson said that robberies can possibly be avoided if students took simple precautions such as not getting overly intoxicated.

They also should travel in large groups when walking.

Authorities try to get that message across annually, he said, but it’s difficult to get students to heed advice when there are thousands of new faces at UGA and other area colleges each year.

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Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 11/19/13 - 08:01 am
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Uptick

Robberies and burglaries always increase this time of year. It's the time-honored way for thugs to get Christmas presents for their mothers.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 11/19/13 - 08:34 am
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Solution

Put your youngest policemen in plain clothes to traverse the routes from downtown to dorms.

Young Fred
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Young Fred 11/19/13 - 08:45 am
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itsanotherday1 nailed

itsanotherday1 nailed it.

They should throw down with an old fashioned beat down while they're at it!

Young Fred
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Young Fred 11/19/13 - 08:49 am
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Heck, I'd bet that today's

Heck, I'd bet that today's society would "sue" the officers if they "beat-down" the low-life, slimy, thieves.

Heck, I'd bet there are some on this very site who would support said law suit.

JRC2024
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JRC2024 11/19/13 - 08:54 am
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Who really cares if the

Who really cares if the robber gets beat up? Not I.

MTBer
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MTBer 11/19/13 - 09:29 am
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Elephants again

Not too difficult to put 2 and 2 together, and come up with the right answer. Just Google Ryne Dion Forte. Rap sheet at 20 years old. Shouldn't be a part of society.

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 11/19/13 - 04:05 pm
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Take the
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next 5 robbers, line their sorry derrieres up and shoot them dead at the arch. The death of Ms. Greene, a student at UGA, may be linked to these thugs.

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