Originally created 03/14/03

Neighbor records burglars in action



The man and woman probably didn't realize they were caught on videotape swiping items from a Blythe residence, police say.

Officers are hoping the images recorded on a neighbor's camera will help them capture the couple and stop a rash of residential burglaries along Georgia Highway 88.

An alert neighbor spotted the man and woman loading items in a silver Saturn and acting nervously Wednesday morning. Her camera battery was almost dead, but she recorded two minutes as the couple got in the vehicle and drove off with a stolen big-screen TV visible in the back seat, said Richmond County sheriff's Lt. Tony Walden.

"She sees the female acting paranoid and sees the guy walking to a car trunk that is open," Investigator Robin Ashmore said. "They had broken into the rear of the residence."

Two homes in the 3000 block of Georgia 88 were ransacked Tuesday after burglars forced their way in, Lt. Walden said. Wednesday's burglary occurred a mile down the road in the 3200 block.

Homeowner Benjamin Brock told police the burglars took a TV, stereo, phone, DVD and video game system. The items were worth about $3,000.

The suspect's vehicle is described as silver or light gray with front-end damage. The man is described as white, about 6 feet tall, 300 pounds with dark hair. The neighbor would describe the woman only as white.

Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff's office at (706) 821-1020 or (706) 821-1080.

Reach Greg Rickabaugh at (706) 828-3851 or greg.rickabaugh@augustachronicle.com.