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Owner of burgled house chooses prayer over prosecution

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The owner of a vacant house in south Augusta decided not to press charges Sun­day against a man who was caught by a Richmond County sheriff’s deputy stealing copper wiring and tubing from the property.

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She said that instead, she wanted to pray for the man, a childhood friend of her son, according to a police report.

Rosa Mae Jones, 76, reported loud banging about 10:25 a.m. Sunday inside the vacant house she owns in the 2000 block of Leona Street.

A deputy found the rear door ajar, then found the suspect in the middle room of the house holding several feet of copper wire and tubing, according to the report. A hammer and cutting shears were on the floor, and damage to the drywall and a nearby power receptacle was visible.

The man said he was “scrapping” and “didn’t think it was illegal because all the vacant homes were being bought by the county and they were going to just knock them down,” Officer Todd Beasley wrote in his report. Beasley seized the tools as evidence.

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GuyGene
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GuyGene 01/13/14 - 12:54 pm
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My prayers too...

For our youth! I know a few of the "thugs" who harm others and steal, etc. are from good families, but most are from homes that are a mess. I cannot imagine being raised in a situation like so many youths of today. May they somehow learn to turn to God, and learn the value and confidence building of good hard work.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 01/13/14 - 01:10 pm
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True enough we need jobs

But stealing is just that...stealing....we have hit a new low in this country & that goes for gov looking the other way while many are begging for jobs.

David Parker
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David Parker 01/13/14 - 01:31 pm
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Typically 5-10K worth of

Typically 5-10K worth of damage in these situations and for what, for a few blasts from a meth/crack pipe usually.

that said is burgled a real word? I hope so.

a crazy old man
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a crazy old man 01/13/14 - 02:19 pm
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bought by the county

Why would the county buy a vacant home?

Truth Matters
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Truth Matters 01/13/14 - 02:46 pm
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Sounds like another liberal

Sounds like another liberal who is a Christian daring to pray for the lost.

And someone on another thread said that "liberals want Christians persecuted." How silly!

dichotomy
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dichotomy 01/13/14 - 02:49 pm
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I guess this lady doesn't

I guess this lady doesn't care about the fact that she just turned this thief loose so he could cut up someone else's house and do $5000 worth of damage for $20 worth of copper.

If you want to pray for something pray that the citizens, LEOs, prosecutors, and judges start extracting maximum punishment from these thieves and thugs.

KSManning
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KSManning 01/13/14 - 02:49 pm
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Apparently so, David Parker.

Apparently so, David Parker. Webster's provides the following:

http://www.thefreedictionary.com/burgled

AutumnLeaves
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AutumnLeaves 01/13/14 - 02:49 pm
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I'm sure the neighbors are

I'm sure the neighbors are going to be really pleased about that when they get hit next.

corgimom
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corgimom 01/13/14 - 03:02 pm
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She didn't do him any favors,

She didn't do him any favors, she just is enabling him to commit more crimes.

David Parker
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David Parker 01/13/14 - 03:17 pm
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@KSManning

too sweet

missmarilynd
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missmarilynd 01/13/14 - 04:57 pm
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Augusta Chronicle this is a LIE

This is my mother. First of all, why would you put her name and age with all the the identify theft going around. Yes we grew up this this guy, but my mother DID NOT SAY she wouldn't press charges. As a matter of fact, it seems to me that the RCSD was trying to sway her in not pressing charges.
YES she is a Christian and proud of it! And a sweet lady, but she's not stupid. AC you need to clean this up. LIES LIES LIES

AutumnLeaves
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AutumnLeaves 01/13/14 - 05:35 pm
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My empathy to missmarilynd; I

My empathy to missmarilynd; I understand what you're saying. I reported a trespassing situation to the police one time, and what landed up in the paper was my name, none of the perps' and only the fact that they bared their bottoms to me, not the fact that they were trespassing, which they lied to the police about. I gave the police the owner's private phone number, which he had given me to keep an eye on his house and report any problems, and instead of checking that out they accepted the fact that the neighbor claimed that a relative owned the house and they had their permission to be on the property. They were not related and they did not have permission. So the thanks I get for helping out a neighbor was my name in the paper and being made to look like I was reporting something petty. I did not give my permission for my name to be published and if I reported every time those people mooned me I would have been reporting weekly. Good grief. The only vindication I have to show for it was one of the teenage female trespassers came down with a horrific case of poison ivy within hours and had a baby 9 months later. Sometimes there is justice after all.

corgimom
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corgimom 01/13/14 - 07:54 pm
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You don't need to give a

You don't need to give a newspaper permission to print your name. Police reports are public records.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 01/13/14 - 09:04 pm
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You know corgimom,

It is really hard to see where you come from many times. Sometimes I give you and upper and then sometimes a downer. You don't have a split personality, do you?

bob0142
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bob0142 01/14/14 - 05:33 am
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So I did Truth and I say it
Unpublished

So I did Truth and I say it again. Liberals want Christians persecuted and I still intend to see it the other way around if they ever try. Bring it

myfather15
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myfather15 01/14/14 - 06:50 am
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Yes, it happens!! Sometimes

Yes, it happens!! Sometimes on misdemeanor offenses, like harassing phone calls, where the deputy knows nothing serious will happen to the offender, deputies have been known to "talk the victim out of prosecuting". Offering to instead, call the offender and give them a stern warning from LE, or something like that.

But in this case? A Burglary, which is a felony? If I was the deputy's supervisor, and I found out he talked her out of prosecution, I would suspend him a couple days without pay!! Burglary, even on a vacant building is still a serious felony. Especially when large amounts of damage is done!! Sounds like this deputy didn't want to do the paperwork required to finish the case. Sad, very sad!!

Bizkit
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Bizkit 01/14/14 - 08:26 am
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She should pray for him (the

She should pray for him (the lost) but also fulfill her societal obligations of giving Caesar his due and prosecute him. That would fulfill her moral obligations and he may make a change because without consequences she will likely enable a continuation of the same behavior. She can be supportive of him in court.

David Parker
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David Parker 01/14/14 - 08:57 am
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tough love, in other words.

tough love, in other words.

AutumnLeaves
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AutumnLeaves 01/14/14 - 10:09 am
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corgimom, that's exactly my

corgimom, that's exactly my points, so what is yours in repeating the obvious, except to be snarky? They don't need to ask permission, it is a public record, that's the problems. The possible perps are protected, the probable or possible victims, not and their personal information being publicized makes them more vulnerable. Or don't you have a problem with that?

AutumnLeaves
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AutumnLeaves 01/14/14 - 10:10 am
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And if you didn't mean to be

And if you didn't mean to be snarky, my apologies for misunderstanding, but you seem to be all over the place with your responses.

corgimom
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corgimom 01/14/14 - 07:17 pm
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For corn's sake, AL, the

For corn's sake, AL, the people that you called the cops on, knew exactly who you were and where you lived. Your idea of confidentiality is not realistic. If they want retaliation, it's easy for them to do.

That's what happens when you call the police. It's very easy to find out who called. The calls are not anonymous, and publishing the information in the paper doesn't make much difference.

People watch too much tv, they see things on tv and then they try to apply that to real life. On tv, the cops and the dispatchers never give out information like that, and nobody listens to police scanners, and nobody has friends or relatives that work in the jails or police department or in dispatching that tell that information. That's why it's pretend.

Criminals and scum watch everything in a neighborhood and they know everything that goes on. They don't have constructive things to do, so they keep very close tabs on everybody and everything. Until you've lived up close to it and in it, you really don't realize how they operate. It's interesting, but also repulsive, to see how the criminal mind really works.

AutumnLeaves
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AutumnLeaves 01/15/14 - 02:11 pm
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I'm not talking about the

I'm not talking about the police taking my name, or even dispatch tipping off the neighbors (that was addressed, and it was a long time ago). If you had any idea the stack of police reports I had to deal with personally at that time and through the neighborhood association (I was sent to go through them), you would not even have made that statement. I knew they knew who called the police, and I made no secret of it in that situation anyway. I just don't think the PAPER should have printed my name or the woman's above. If they weren't going to print the alleged perp's name, they shouldn't be printing the alleged victim's name even more so.

AutumnLeaves
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AutumnLeaves 01/15/14 - 02:18 pm
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Are you kidding me? One of

Are you kidding me? One of our neighbors used to spend nearly every waking moment on the police scanner. She had to, her nephews were dealing drugs. That's how she knew when the police were coming. Another one of our frequent posters in past years spent hours and hours on his police scanner and it wasn't his job either. There are people whose whole lives revolve around the police scanner for one reason or another, some to protect their activities, some for entertainment. Several neighbors with teenagers came to me after the woman passed that was listening in to my calls to dispatch and told me what she had been doing. I had suspected someone in that household was, and just kept calling as I saw things happening figuring she couldn't be on there 24/7. It was frustrating but eventually paid off with a few calls unnoticed by her and a lucky break on the dispatch officers I reached; we finally got a few of the dealers around the block arrested one by one, some more than once over the years. I had children and property to protect and nowhere else to go, and yes, we were retaliated against. It's to be expected.

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