Thieves rob cars of late-night 'Potter' film fans

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While moviegoers were watching evil wizards at Regal Augusta Exchange 20 Tuesday night, some even darker forces were breaking into their vehicles in the parking lot.

Three people reported that someone broke the windows to their vehicles and stole car stereos, Ipods, digital cameras and other items between Tuesday at 11:40 p.m. and Wednesday at 3:21 a.m., according to Richmond County Sheriff’s reports.

Theaters across the area, including Regal Augusta Exchange 20, held sold-out midnight showings of Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince early Wednesday.

The total amount of items stolen in all three cases is valued at $2,555.

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Waymore
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Waymore 07/16/09 - 06:57 am
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Where were the Marshals that

Where were the Marshals that normally patrol the lot? Do they not provide security there anymore? If not, I won't be going there anymore.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 07/16/09 - 07:07 am
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While we, as general

While we, as general population, may become complacent about leaving easily harvested electronics and goodies visible in our unprotected vehicles, the part of the population that steals as a general rule never stops looking for the freebies. The windows in cars are still glass and many of the door locks are easily sprung by those willing to take the time to learn how. A midnight showing of something as popular as Harry Potter is a natural for the "midnight shoppers". The complacent and unwary become donors.

mommie2
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mommie2 07/16/09 - 07:30 am
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My laptop was stolen last

My laptop was stolen last night.

redapples
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redapples 07/16/09 - 07:30 am
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Supports my reasoning for

Supports my reasoning for avoiding the Augusta Regal Exchange at all costs!!

mommie2
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mommie2 07/16/09 - 07:37 am
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My husband said the same

My husband said the same thing when i got home.

bone
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bone 07/16/09 - 07:40 am
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also stolen: comic books;

also stolen: comic books; pocket protectors; and 6 "magic" wands.

puddeecat
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puddeecat 07/16/09 - 07:48 am
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Why would you leave these

Why would you leave these items visable in your vehicle? Your just asking for it to be stolen.

mommie2
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mommie2 07/16/09 - 07:53 am
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Mine wasnt. It was in a

Mine wasnt. It was in a black bag with a blanket thrown over it.

puddeecat
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puddeecat 07/16/09 - 08:01 am
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It should have been in your

It should have been in your trunk or under the seat. Thieves look for blankets and jackets to be covering up items.

pizzato
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pizzato 07/16/09 - 08:06 am
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I hide my valuables under my

I hide my valuables under my work boots!

justthefacts
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justthefacts 07/16/09 - 08:10 am
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pizzato, good one.

pizzato, good one.

LadyCisback
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LadyCisback 07/16/09 - 08:22 am
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I leave all of my valuables

I leave all of my valuables at home because the way things are, people are desperate and whenever they have an opportunity they will do whatever it takes..

Grasshopper
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Grasshopper 07/16/09 - 08:22 am
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Just takes a little battery

Just takes a little battery powered dremel took to cut into the window and unlock the door.

LolaJean
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LolaJean 07/16/09 - 08:36 am
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Probably the same group that

Probably the same group that hangs out in the movie theatre all day long hopping in and out of different pictures. I quit going to theatre a few years ago.

mad_max
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mad_max 07/16/09 - 08:48 am
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Thieves are out of control.

Thieves are out of control. Termination is authorized.

crackertroy
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crackertroy 07/16/09 - 08:51 am
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The theaters are always hot
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The theaters are always hot spots. I think theft rings get together and teach the younger generation in Thieving 101 that theaters are the best because you know once the person leaves their car, they won't be back for at least two hours. All you have to do is wait, watch, and take!

gnumbgnuts
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gnumbgnuts 07/16/09 - 08:53 am
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I see cars with GPSs stuck to

I see cars with GPSs stuck to the windshield in parking lots every day. It only takes a few seconds to break a window and be gone. Some idiot stole my XM radio. I'd like to know how he'll re-activate it.

HotFoot
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HotFoot 07/16/09 - 09:05 am
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Excuse me, redapples? One

Excuse me, redapples? One should avoid the Regal 20 Exchange "at all costs" because of crime? What kind of wimp are you, and where do you live that is untainted by occasional crime? The Augusta Exchange is perfectly safe. One just can't be an idiot and leave car doors unlocked and valuable possessions in plain view. I'm not an apologist for criminals, but jeez, if one went through life with that attitude, one would never leave the (fortified) house!

HotFoot
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HotFoot 07/16/09 - 09:06 am
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If you folks ever lived in a

If you folks ever lived in a real city, you'd freak.

troylus
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troylus 07/16/09 - 09:30 am
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Nice way to put yourself

Nice way to put yourself above everyone here, hotfoot. I guess 'your folks' have always been better.

1beachbum
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1beachbum 07/16/09 - 09:49 am
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troylus, HotFoot didn't say

troylus, HotFoot didn't say that b/c they're better. But if you lived in NYC, where I'm from originally, compared to Augusta...well there is NO comparison!

ugadawgbite
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ugadawgbite 07/16/09 - 10:09 am
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That's why the south is full

That's why the south is full of thugs and robbers. Northern,NYC, etc. transplants should stay where they belong and stop coming down here and bringing the crime with them...On the other hand, the crooks were smart to figure with a dork flick like Harry Potter there had to be electronics of value in the vehicles.

HotFoot
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HotFoot 07/16/09 - 10:17 am
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I never said I was better

I never said I was better than anyone else, but come on, now...I go to the Augusta Exchange all the time and I've never felt the least bit uneasy. I'm always reading on this board how people won't ever venture downtown because of all the "thugs"...and now that's extended to, apparently, the whole of Augusta and Richmond County, which is ludicrous. Half of you say you're afraid to come here, while the other half are all macho and packing, just hoping to be accosted. Both attitudes are counter-productive, to say the least. And then ugadawgbite says that the crime comes from northerners moving down here. Yeah, right. The only people who come here from up North are people with good jobs (for example, at MCG) because believe me, there are precious few other incentives. And doctors and engineers aren't usually smashing car windows.

FallingLeaves
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FallingLeaves 07/16/09 - 10:48 am
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Hotfoot, I've lived here

Hotfoot, I've lived here since mid-sixties. Crime didn't hit us until seventies. Parents' house (within walking distance of two schools in suburbs), bike chained to front porch stolen in broad daylight. Bullet hole through bedroom window where my brother was sleeping. In late 80's, house broken into in vicinity of same schools, we lived in the middle of several wooded acres, while I'm at work, all Christmas presents stolen and everything they could carry out of there, one of the perps had been a boyscout in a local troop. They ransacked the house, and what we recovered when I told the investigator to look for prints in the sand of a particular special ordered Nike brand shoe sole in the trailer park on the road behind us, the person wearing them squealed on the others. What we recovered was ruined, they were buggy from where they had been hidden. They had burned some items. On my then husband's birthday we went to the Regency theater and someone smashed the window in and stole some items my ex had hidden in the car, despite my protests after we parked there. A resident found the items strewn all over Milledgeville Road recovered everything except his money. We moved...

FallingLeaves
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FallingLeaves 07/16/09 - 10:55 am
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into what we thought was a

into what we thought was a nicer home in which my then husband had grown up in the late 90's. We were "entertained" with domestic violence in households on two sides of us, foul language and cocaine, marijuana use and trafficking all over our block. We reported it to the wrong persons, one who left the force in disgrace over another incident, another who turned out to be a corrupt vice cop now in Federal prison, who tipped them off before he got caught. We were targeted for verbal abuse, five of our bikes and another neighbors five also, were stolen for parts, (we found out by accident who they were selling them to, they didn't know he was a friend of ours, that put a stop to that), then we had various other items stolen (by the way these were behind the house under our deck, inside the gated and locked backyard fence, and also a front yard locked and gated fence. They broke one of our pets necks, shot at our dog who was tethered in our backyard, shot at our rabbits in their cages, shot our cat THROUGH our front window! We had to pay $300 to repair several panes in our front window. The kid that shot our dog admitted it after the statute of limitations ran out, but the police

FallingLeaves
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FallingLeaves 07/16/09 - 11:04 am
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didn't do anything about him

didn't do anything about him shooting a BB 10 inches over my head one night while I was attempting to wash my dishes in my kitchen. Nor did anything get done about the woman that went berserk in the middle of a nearby intersection, struggling with two men, shooting a 9mm bullet into the wall of my porch, which I was standing, thankfully on the other side of when I heard the gunshot and then the thump of the bullet. Thankfully, my daughter had just stepped inside the house. My ex's lawn mower, weed whacker and other items were stolen after I got my kids out of there. At my newest home, the lawnmower was stolen I had just borrowed from my mom, taken out of the car and immediately hidden on my carport, while I went to church for one hour! I didn't even get a chance to use it! Along with the items I was unpacking for a yard sale were stolen in broad daylight by the same white bearded black man and a tall handsome black woman in a beat up old white van. The neighbors thought the van was there for me and I thought the van was there helping THEM move out. I have it on good authority (a friend that works there) the items were taken to a local flea market to sell.

FallingLeaves
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FallingLeaves 07/16/09 - 11:10 am
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So Hotfoot, you'll have to

So Hotfoot, you'll have to forgive me for being aware of my surroundings and don't leave valuables in my car at all. I've lived in several places in New York City (including Governor's Island, Long Island), California, on base and off base in Germany, Fayetteville, North Carolina and traveled all over the U.S. and some of Canada. I am more careful here than anywhere else I've lived. My son who lives on the hill has had his car broken into twice in just a few months time, and all they got was a diaper bag! My daughter had her souvenirs from school field trips stolen on her school bus! Augusta has a plague of this going on! This is not all that has happened to us or my family and friends, but you get the picture.

FallingLeaves
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FallingLeaves 07/16/09 - 11:19 am
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Oh, and my purse was stolen

Oh, and my purse was stolen in early 90's and the credit that I had worked 16 years to establish on my own, was ruined because of identity theft. I know by sight who did it (she looked NOTHING like me and lived on the same street I did, I had to drive by her house everyday going about my errands and work schedule, when she started forging my signature on my checks and credit cards, from here to Columbia SC and back, but she was never arrested. From the description given of the suspicious character leaving the vicinity of our car, it was her "significant other" that actually stole the purse while we were at a high school reunion at a location on Monte Sano Avenue (that's on the hill, too, Hillguy, NOT in "South Augusta"). She is light-skinned black, has a gold tooth, generally wore large gold hooped earrings, and her hair was short, rows, and mustard color hair. Only ONE person, a young man at at a toy store called my then husband to check to see if it was really me, because the description nowhere near fits the ethnicity of our last name. She took off when she realized what he was doing, but he got a description of the older model vehicle and the guy that was driving it.

FallingLeaves
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FallingLeaves 07/16/09 - 11:21 am
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The store didn't prosecute,

The store didn't prosecute, so I was told I couldn't do anything with the knowledge that that light green sedan with the dark green top and the broken back light panels, the woman and the man all matched the description of my neighbors up the street, for Pete's sake, the car even matched the color of her house!

FallingLeaves
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FallingLeaves 07/16/09 - 11:23 am
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I just hate it when people

I just hate it when people discount the crime around here. That ISN'T going to solve the problem. NONE of these crimes should have happened to us! Not ONE, but we are just one family and all of this has happened to us with only a few dollars of restitution from the boyscout and his gang. Is it any wonder people that can are fleeing the city/county area in hopes of safer places to live? If it doesn't improve, so am I.

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