5 are charged in delivery heists

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Thanks to a couple of alert sheriff's deputies who spotted a stolen vehicle in a south Augusta mobile home park, the Richmond County Sheriff's Office arrested five teenagers in a spate of carjackings that targeted food delivery workers in Hephzibah within the past week.

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Those arrested are:

- Willie Edward Hooper, 17, of Heartwood Drive; charged with kidnapping, robbery by force and theft by taking a motor vehicle.

- Karla Travis, 18, of Windsor Spring Road; charged with kidnapping, robbery by force and theft by taking a motor vehicle.

- A 16-year-old, of Windsor Spring Road; charged with kidnapping and robbery by force as a juvenile and theft by taking a motor vehicle, as a juvenile.

- A 15-year-old, of Bath Edie Road; charged with kidnapping and robbery by force as a juvenile and theft by taking a motor vehicle as a juvenile.

- A 16-year old, of Heartwood Drive; charged with kidnapping and robbery by force as a juvenile and theft by taking a motor vehicle as a juvenile.

"Our community is definitely safer with these five people where they belong," Richmond County sheriff's Lt. Scott Peebles said.

Each robbery shared a common theme: the callers requested the deliveries be made to unoccupied houses, Lt. Peebles said.

The first robbery occurred Wednesday when Pizza Hut deliverer Kevin Porter said he was approached by four or five men with bandanas covering their faces. Mr. Porter said the robbers forced him into an empty house on Buffington Court in Hephzibah, stole money and his pizza and drove away in his 2000 Chevy Impala.

On Friday, Jian Chao Liao, of Oriental Chinese Restaurant, told police he was attempting to deliver food to a Basswood Drive home in Hephzibah when he was forced into the empty home at gunpoint. He was robbed of his cell phone, money, a military permit and his burgundy 2003 Mazda Tribute.

Domino's Pizza driver Patrick W. Mack, 36, told police he saw three men in a burgundy sport utility vehicle while delivering to a Bennington Drive residence Sunday night. He said a man approached him from behind and carried him inside the house.

He told police the robbers threatened to shoot him, then took his car keys, $70, the pizza and his 1997 Dodge Neon.

On Monday morning, deputies spotted the SUV at a mobile home park on James Drive, which led to the arrests , Lt. Peebles said.

All five were booked into the Richmond County jail. The juveniles were taken to the Youth Development Campus, he said.

Reach Timothy Cox at (706) 823-3217 or tim.cox@augustachronicle.com.

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Reality
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Reality 09/25/07 - 02:36 am
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They should all be charged as

They should all be charged as adults and go to jail for a long time. Good job getting these criminals off the street...

itamazezme
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itamazezme 09/25/07 - 03:21 am
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Way to Go Richmond County

Way to Go Richmond County Sheriff's Dept. !!!

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 09/25/07 - 04:17 am
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Here comes the Jessie and Al

Here comes the Jessie and Al show.

Chuchi
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Chuchi 09/25/07 - 05:30 am
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I thought YDC meant Youth

I thought YDC meant Youth Detention Center.

GACopperhead
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GACopperhead 09/25/07 - 06:09 am
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No, Art, that has a negative

No, Art, that has a negative connotation, and we all know criminals don't deserve a negative connotation. I agree, they should be charged as adults, but then, that would have certain people up in arms....can't have that here in Augusta.

sTiCkMaN
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sTiCkMaN 09/25/07 - 06:21 am
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does this mean we will have

does this mean we will have the "augusta 5" now?

LadyCisback
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LadyCisback 09/25/07 - 06:48 am
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Rockman that's what I thought

Rockman that's what I thought too..

pantherluvcik
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pantherluvcik 09/25/07 - 06:53 am
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You know ROCKMAN someone will

You know ROCKMAN someone will always find a way to throw racism in the conversation. It just goes to show how far we really have come from our past issues. The fact that you make a joke of the blatant acts of racism in Jena says a lot about your character. Two totally different situatiopns, these kids actually belong in jail. But Patricia Thomas is a card carrying Klan member so I expect her racist comments. Why don't you just focus on the fact that they were caught not that they were black...

iletuknow
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iletuknow 09/25/07 - 07:05 am
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Same old story with the same

Same old story with the same type thugs. Great job Richmond County Sheriff's Dept

WarEagle
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WarEagle 09/25/07 - 07:31 am
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Why does race always have to

Why does race always have to come into a discussion about anthing in this town? Point, is, these individuals are young street thugs and deserve to serve some time. My compliments to the Richmond County Sheriff's Department.

jaschild
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jaschild 09/25/07 - 07:32 am
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racist???.. there is no

racist???.. there is no disputing: they are black and they broke the law. pantherluvcik- if you've been watching the news lately, it seems that blacks are the ones that want to focus on the black of it.

SFCnotretyet
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SFCnotretyet 09/25/07 - 07:33 am
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Too bad the delivery drivers

Too bad the delivery drivers didn't have concealed carry permits. It would've saved Richmond County Sheriff's Dept time, and it could've stopped with the first robbrey attempt.

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jackfruitpaper833 09/25/07 - 07:33 am
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And UP POPS the

And UP POPS the Patriciathomas show, RACE is a factor in this story SO HERE COMES PATRICIATHOMAS, did you post any comments yesterday. Let me see was there anything geared toward RACE online yesterday from the Chronicle, hmmmmm. One BACKWARDS woman.

jaschild
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jaschild 09/25/07 - 07:39 am
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jackfruitpaper833 - did you

jackfruitpaper833 - did you happen to notice that they committed some crimes???

blackjack30
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blackjack30 09/25/07 - 07:42 am
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Seems to me,

Seems to me, jacktolietpaper833 and kittyluvcik are the biggest racist I see posting on this site!

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pofwe 09/25/07 - 07:51 am
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Everyone with a sense of

Everyone with a sense of Richmond County demographics knew when the 1st of these food delivery robberys was reported that it was a crime with imprints of "the boys in the hood." When the 2nd & 3rd robberies followed it removed all doubt. I bet each defendant has a juvinile record from past criminal activity. They wouldn't listen to Mommy, but now they want Mommy to bring them some canteen money to the jail so they can buy some candy. Candy my behind! Now those saggin pants will be of some use when the "cell bull" decides he needs some lov'in.' Wonder if they will all gang-up on him, the "cell bull." No way they are too scared to act alone. Must have manpower. Send 'em to Reidsville, where boys become ... well you know.

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pofwe 09/25/07 - 07:52 am
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Oh I just saw Karla, ditto

Oh I just saw Karla, ditto for her.

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patriciathomas 09/25/07 - 07:53 am
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fruitpaper833, you sure seem

fruitpaper833, you sure seem to have something " upwards" bothering you.

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pantherluvcik 09/25/07 - 07:55 am
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jaschild if you read what was

jaschild if you read what was written I acknowledged they committed a crime, I said why can't you focus on that aspect of the article. And leave the racial aspect out of it. And what news do you watch, are you speaking of the Jena 6? Maybe you should stick to what you know. You and your comrade buttjack30 prove my point anyway, so thanks for your help....

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pantherluvcik 09/25/07 - 08:03 am
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"the boys in the hood" and

"the boys in the hood" and "saggin pants" how do you know where they are from and how they wear their pants pofwe. Point made again I won't even waste my time going on with this. Good job Richmond county...

jackfruitpaper833
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jackfruitpaper833 09/25/07 - 08:03 am
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Pressing upwards yes is

Pressing upwards yes is better than being BACKWARDS, upwards you headed to something, BACKWARDS you just BACKWARDS. They deserve to be in jail/prison etc. Most of the posters here don't post unless it has something to do with race, "looks over at patriciathomas. LOL @ jacktoiletpaper *FLATLINES _______*

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blackjack30 09/25/07 - 08:04 am
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The "Jenna 6" were convicted

The "Jenna 6" were convicted for the crimes they committed. Hanging a rope is not a crime no more than little "hood", gang wannabes throwing a pair of tennis shoes over power lines to "mark" their territory. I stand by my other comment "kitty".

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jackfruitpaper833 09/25/07 - 08:14 am
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blackjack30 what about the

blackjack30 what about the other two white boys arrested thursday night with their nooses LOL. I will for sure follow this story, and OMG he put his family on BLAST said they were Klan members, now you know their family and everyone associated with them will now be "monitored" by the FBI.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 09/25/07 - 08:25 am
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fruitpaper, what is pushing

fruitpaper, what is pushing 'upwards' in you? I still don't get it.

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work for a living 09/25/07 - 08:25 am
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Once again, where were the

Once again, where were the parents while their kids were out robbing a Pizza delivery man trying to make a decent living. I would love for the media to interview each of these families to see what they have to say publically. Now we want to condem the mother who turned her son in, looks like these thugs will be facing more jail time than her son and to think if she hadn't of turned him in he most likely would have been doing something like this next. Maybe if more parents got involved in their childlren's lives and knew where they were and who they were with then they wouldn't be out robbing a pizza delivery guy. How much could he have had that was worth years in prision? This just doesn't make sense. A few dollars for prision, I don't think so. Parents get off of your lazy butts this Sunday morning and take your teen kids to church and start over by becoming involved in their lives before it is too late.

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pantherluvcik 09/25/07 - 08:27 am
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buttjack read a little more

buttjack read a little more about the story or like I said stick to what you know. And kitty doesn't bother me that's what my man calls me, it's a compliment.

jackfruitpaper833
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jackfruitpaper833 09/25/07 - 08:28 am
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Because you *BACKWARDS*

Because you *BACKWARDS*

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Edward1968 09/25/07 - 08:28 am
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Has Jessie and Al ever come

Has Jessie and Al ever come to the aid of a white? I have never seen this. The Jena rally was a disgrace! What if the colors were opposite?...... Black boy beaten like a dog by six white boys?? Bet Mr. Al's demeanor would have been diiferent. Face it, Al and Jessie are racists.

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intheknow 09/25/07 - 08:29 am
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PT, why must you alway try to

PT, why must you alway try to bring race into a situation? I never hear anyone say a thing about here come the Klan, when a " White " person is charged with a crime. This stuff is getting old fast.

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sTiCkMaN 09/25/07 - 08:32 am
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panther, how is what i said

panther, how is what i said any different than what al and the gang do every day? you see how quick it gets old?

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