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Stolen car used to try to smash way into ATM

Police said Tuesday that thieves used a vehicle stolen in a carjacking Monday to try to run over an automated teller machine and steal the cash inside.

Deputies are searching for three people who carjacked and robbed a woman who was dropping off her boyfriend at Pepsi-Cola Bottling Co. in the 500 block of Bobby Jones Expressway.

One pointed an assault rifle at the couple and demanded money. The two then forced the victims out of their vehicle, a burgundy 1999 Pontiac Grand Am, and drove away with more than $100 and a cell phone.

The third suspect left the scene in another vehicle.

A short time later, police said, the stolen car was used to ram into an ATM at Regions Bank at 1219 Augusta West Parkway. Video of the incident shows the thief hitting the machine with the car, then trying to pry it open, a Richmond County sheriff's report said.

One suspect charged in McDuffie drug raid

Sheriff's Maj. Ronnie Williamson said Tuesday that one man has been charged as a result of Monday's drug raid in McDuffie County.

Kevin Gaines, 29, of the 1000 block of Old Wrightsboro Road, was charged with theft by receiving stolen property and criminal use of an article with an altered identification number. Williamson said the article was lawn maintenance equipment.

Four other suspects were still on investigative hold at the McDuffie Law Enforcement Center, he said.

FBI Agent Anthony Russo said he did not want to disclose the number taken into custody Monday, but five people were seen being brought to the temporary command post.

At a news conference Monday, federal, state and local law enforcement officials said the raid was part of a nine-month drug investigation.

2 sought in robbery on Gordon Highway

Richmond County sheriff's deputies were searching Tuesday for two men involved in an armed robbery on Gordon Highway.

According to a sheriff's incident report, the two men drove into a Gordon Highway parking lot in an older model blue Pontiac Bonneville about 2:50 a.m.

They approached a 25-year-old man, pointed a pistol at him and said, "Give it up."

The victim said he gave them more than $700.

Cigarettes stolen from North Augusta store

A burglar stole 267 cartons of cigarettes worth $9,500 from the Murphy USA on Knox Avenue in North Augusta on Monday.

A clerk discovered the door of the store pried open when she came to work, indicating the theft happened between midnight and 5 a.m., according to a North Augusta Public Safety report.

A manager told the investigating officer that similar thefts had happened in other jurisdictions, a report shows.

City to receive grant for beautification

Augusta will receive a $50,000 GATEway Grant from the Georgia Department of Transportation to beautify the right of way at Doug Barnard Parkway and Lock and Dam Road in front of the city's Messerly Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Mayor Deke Copenhaver said the grant-funded improvements will be coupled with a similar project in front of the plant but outside the right of way to give the area an improved appearance.

Man says day care owner attacked him

A Hephzibah man told police he was attacked by the owner of an Augusta day-care center after they argued over a business deal.

According to a Richmond County Sheriff's Office report, Christopher M. Thompson, 41, also said he pulled a handgun away from Raymond Ogelsby during the altercation in the office of A Child's Dream Daycare, 2502 Deans Bridge Road.

Thompson told deputies that Ogelsby grabbed him and pushed him, causing a scratch on his arm and a tear in his shirt. Thompson also said he grabbed a handgun from the owner's waist and tossed it away, causing Ogelsby to say the argument was finished, according to the report.

Thompson told police he intends to prosecute.

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bettyboop 05/26/10 - 09:10 am
Altercations and GUNs at a

Altercations and GUNs at a daycare .............parents are you going to continue to send your children there?

InChristLove 05/26/10 - 09:10 am
"Augusta will receive a

"Augusta will receive a $50,000 GATEway Grant from the Georgia Department of Transportation to beautify the right of way at Doug Barnard Parkway and Lock and Dam Road in front of the city's Messerly Wastewater Treatment Plant" Wish they could use the $50,000 to figure out a way to keep the area from smelling like an out-house all the time...........gag me!

InChristLove 05/26/10 - 09:15 am
What in the heck was the

What in the heck was the owner of the daycare doing with a gun in his waist at a daycare? I'm curious to know what the business deal they were arguing over....does Thompson work for Ogelsby?

happychimer 05/26/10 - 09:30 am
If you think that place

If you think that place stinks now, you should have smelled it when Pop Newman was mayor of Augusta. He tried to make it smell like strawberries, and that made it 10 times worse.

trueblood 05/26/10 - 06:19 pm
I cannot believe that the

I cannot believe that the city is reinstating the workers who were fired for falsifying their time cards. This is THEFT! As a taxpayer, I don't want liars and thieves being responsible for the water my children and I are drinking. Talk about a violation of public trust!

corgimom 05/26/10 - 08:36 pm
Hate to tell you this,

Hate to tell you this, trueblood, but there were several of them that were committing this crime, not just the two that were fired.

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