The most recent crash-and-grab occurred early Friday when a gold 1993 Ford F-350 stolen from Jeanne Road was used to smash through a wall at Goshen Grocery, 1657 Goshen Road, according to a Richmond County sheriff’s news release. Nothing was taken from the business, but an ATM was knocked over and covered with debris.
ATMs were targeted in some of the earlier cases.
On Jan. 26, a white 1992 Ford truck stolen from Heathers Way was used to crash into two Mike Padgett Highway businesses, a Citgo and Rack and Grill II. In both instances, the burglars tried to remove ATMs but were unsuccessful. They did make off with some Newport cigarettes from the Citgo. The stolen truck was recovered at Rack and Grill II, where it broke down after its second crash of the night.
Early Jan. 30, police found that a white 1987 Ford truck stolen from McDade Road was used to crash into Manna Mart, 2218 Rosier Road. An ATM was removed. It was later found opened and dumped behind Tobacco Road Elementary.
Sgt. Michael McDaniel said police continue to investigate the cases and look at surveillance video from the break-ins. Police have not determined why all the stolen vehicles are late 1980s to early 1990s Ford trucks.
A description of the burglars has not been released by police. Incident reports from the Jan. 26 crashes said surveillance video showed a black male with a white hoodie, white gloves and a black mask committing the burglaries.
Anyone with information on the cases is asked to contact the sheriff’s office at (706) 821-1080 or the criminal investigations division at 821-1020.