Originally created 09/24/01

Man admits to rash of thefts



An Augusta man was caught red-handed inside a home he had burglarized Sunday morning, and he has since admitted to breaking into several homes in his neighborhood, authorities said.

Maurice Alton Williams, 20, of the 100 block of Avondale Drive, has been charged with three felony counts of burglary. He remained in the Richmond County jail Sunday night, and other charges are pending, Investigator Ken Glisson said.

A woman returning to her home Sunday in the 3300 block of Ravenwood Drive noticed her back door was damaged and went next door to call authorities. Deputy Danny Haywood arrived and went inside the home, where he and the homeowner found Mr. Williams hiding in a bedroom.

The suspect did not resist arrest by Deputy Haywood, Investigator Glisson said.

In the man's pockets were collectable coins that belonged to the homeowner. Mr. Williams admitted to breaking into several other homes in the neighborhood, Investigator Glisson said. Authorities have filed charges in Sunday's burglary and Sept. 21 burglaries in the 3500 block of Crane Ferry Road and the 300 block of Kings Chapel Road.

Investigator Glisson said Mr. Williams admitted having an addiction to crack cocaine.