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Appling couple robbed at gunpoint in home invasion

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 8:33 PM
Last updated 9:07 PM
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Columbia County investigators are looking for two men who reportedly broke into a couple’s home, taped them up and robbed them at gunpoint Tuesday morning.

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According to Captain Steve Morris, of the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, Kaitlyn and Shane Austin, of the 7400 block of White Oak Campground Road in Appling, reported the home invasion around 5:40 a.m. Tuesday. However, the incident occurred around 3 a.m., the incident report said.

The couple told police they were asleep when two black men forced open the front door of their home. The men, they said, were wearing gloves and both had handguns. One was wearing a face mask.

The couple said they were forced to the floor and had their hands and feet taped together with duct tape. The suspects demanded to know where items of value were and asked ShaneAustin the location of security camera equipment.

The suspects made away in with a Nissan Altima and $30,000 in cash, electronics, a purse, a hand gun and other items.

Morris said the burglars also took a quantity of marijuana. The men attempted to gain entry into a gun safe, but were unable to do so.

The car was found on Greenbrier Road a short time after the break in. Morris said that this robbery may be related to a similar case in Thomson where two men reportedly entered an apartment on July 11th and assaulted the resident with a gun.

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Dixieman
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Dixieman 07/17/14 - 10:13 am
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Um

"[Captain Steve] Morris [of the Columbia County Sheriff's office] said the burglars also took a quantity of marijuana."
Wait. The victims REPORTED this to the police?
And $30,000 in cash?? This whole thing sounds to me like a really bad case of an escalated customer service dispute....

corgimom
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corgimom 07/16/14 - 09:25 pm
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They had to report it to the

They had to report it to the police if they wanted to collect insurance on their stolen property (minus the pot), Dixieman.

JRC2024
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JRC2024 07/16/14 - 09:49 pm
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Corgi, Insurance companies

Corgi, Insurance companies would never pay out that much. Most have a limit of several thousand.

flipa1
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flipa1 07/16/14 - 10:10 pm
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If anyone knows who or where these robbers may be please call

If anyone knows who or where these robbers may be please call the POLICE, Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS, or TEXT/EMAIL your tips to TIPS@AugustaCrimeStoppers.org. Where you remain anonymous and un-hog tied...

amarie525
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amarie525 07/16/14 - 10:25 pm
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um no.2

Started reading the article and felt bad for the couple. Marijuana and 30 grand?? Sounds like an inside job, not a random burglary!

myfather15
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myfather15 07/16/14 - 10:55 pm
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It's called drug dealers,

It's called drug dealers, robbing drug dealers!! The robbers have prior knowledge these other dealers have large sums of cash (because dealers don't use banks/paper trail) and narcotics in their homes; so they decide to rob them, plain and simple.

We are seeing more and more of these type incidents occurring.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 07/16/14 - 11:50 pm
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Something fishy with this

Something fishy with this case. Who keeps that kind of money, and what are the chances they were randomly targeted? I would like to hear more details on this case as it progresses.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 07/17/14 - 06:40 am
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Sorry the whole inicident stinks and important info left out.

Who made the Gun Safe they could not get in☺

I am betting CG's people.

jesslgrdn
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jesslgrdn 07/17/14 - 08:57 am
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Devils advocate

Yes 30,000 in cash is suspect, and yes it is seems awfully suspicious that this couple was targeted in what appears to be a planned invasion (they picked their house out of all the houses in that neighborhood and came prepared to tie them up as if they knew there were valuables in the house). BUT just because they smoked marijuana does NOT mean they were drug dealers. Maybe they just didn't trust the local banks. I'm sure something was shady here and these two clearly were involved with some bad people, but is there really enough evidence for everyone to assume these were dope dealers. C'mon guys, put down your pitch forks. And maybe it's just me, but my insurance policy pays up to 15,000... Maybe I need to re read the fine print about cash...

augusta citizen
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augusta citizen 07/17/14 - 09:19 am
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Suspect

Well the thieves taking the marijuana does make it suspect, as if they knew the people would have it. It didn't say $30,000.00 in cash though, it said "in cash, electronics, a purse, a handgun and other items". I guess that was the combined value of everything taken, so without knowing how many electronics or what kind of gun, maybe jewelry and other valuables, etc. it may not have been nearly that much cash. Would be interesting to know.

jimmymac
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jimmymac 07/17/14 - 09:43 am
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MMMMMM
Unpublished

Me thinks there's a lot more to this story.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 07/17/14 - 10:11 am
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AC

I took that into account when I said "that much cash". You will be hard pressed to come up with more than $5K in electronics in most houses. Assume $10K in jewelry (still a LOT). That leaves $15K in cash.....

Come to think of it, I wager most people couldn't raise $30K at auction for the entire contents of their home.

LillyfromtheMills
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LillyfromtheMills 07/17/14 - 11:04 am
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Crazy

But I'm glad something else was involved (the possible business of selling pot) and not just some criminals out there on the loose terrorizing the community.

countyman
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countyman 07/17/14 - 02:20 pm
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Fair!!!

Why didn't this make the facebook page? The shooting in Aiken County didn't even make the regular Augusta Chronicle website...

happychimer
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happychimer 07/17/14 - 03:06 pm
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The suspects made away in

The suspects made away in with a Nissan Altima and $30,000 in cash, electronics, a purse, a hand gun and other items.

That says $30,000 in cash

alleycat
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alleycat 07/17/14 - 03:52 pm
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Wonder if everyone in the

Wonder if everyone in the neighborhood had security equipment. Since they were asked the location of security camera equipment. Seems to me they would pick a place in the neighborhood that didn't have cameras. Unless they knew ahead of time there was some good valuables to found there & was aware of the camera's and planned all along to take the risk and grab the tape recording. Sometimes when people let to much be known to friends & others people talk and somewhere down the line some crook will be listening .

pja5529
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pja5529 07/17/14 - 05:36 pm
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Gasp!

Another crime in CC in less than a week!? Impossible!

Gage Creed
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Gage Creed 07/17/14 - 06:49 pm
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Factss

Columbia county has grown at a rate that is 10 times that of Richmond county over the past 13 years...The median income of Columbia far outdistances that of Richmond countiy.. The CBD of Columbia County is proven safer than any other of the surrounding counties... As the most important county in the MSA, these negative comments are nothing more than negative comments. (was that enough gibbersish to distract?)

stuaby
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stuaby 07/17/14 - 08:31 pm
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my15 is all over this one...

my15 is all over this one...

myfather15
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myfather15 07/18/14 - 06:29 am
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augusta citizen

"I guess that was the combined value of everything taken,"

No, it was $30,000.00 cash, in addition to electronics, drugs and other items. The sentence has a coma, after cash, which seperates it from the other items. I also have knowledge this WAS INDEED 30k cash, along with the other items.

myfather15
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myfather15 07/18/14 - 06:39 am
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Also,

I've been working the streets for 18 years; in that time, I've NEVER seen a random home invasion. I also spoke with veteran investigator whose been working for almost 30 years; who stated in that time he MIGHT have seen two that he can remember. Random home invasion's just don't happen very often, at all.

Now, someone mentioned people not trusting banks and another poster mentioned family members. These are very good points. One home invasion I worked years ago, was an elderly man who didn't trust banks, and kept 75k in cash, in his residence, in a safe. The problem which arose was that his 20 year old drug addicted granddaugther had KNOWLEDGE that her grandfather kept large amounts of cash in the residence. Her and several of her methhead friends, decided to rob his house; and got the entire 75k.

So, if you're one of those who don't trust banks; you better keep quiet what you have in your house!! Especially if you have family members who are drug addicts, and who doesn't have a least one?

But the bottom line is, even this was NOT random. This was a planned event, where they had prior knowledge this house contained large sums of cash. Strangers, coming into your home, with ZERO knowledge of what you have in there, RARELY happens.

With this, I'm talking about HOME INVASIONS, where the home owners are present and held hostage; not burglaries. Random burglaries happen quite frequently, mostly while you're at work or away from the home.

But with home invasions, the suspect's do have prior knowledge of what they're going after, and often NEED the home owner present, to tell them where the items are, if hidden.

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