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By Jade Bulecza - bio | email

LOWNDES COUNTY, GA (WALB) - Migrant workers continue to be the target of home invaders in South Georgia.

The latest case was last Wednesday night in Lowndes County.

Authorities say thieves often prey on migrant workers because they don't open bank accounts and keep cash on hand.

A Lowndes County woman awoke to three sheriff's cars outside her home.

"The whole house was lit up because they were right in front of the window. It was kind of like a carnival," said Ashley Lindsey.

Lindsey later found out her neighbors on Barretts Road were the victims of a home invasion.

Three people were home at the time.

"One of them was outside and was approached by a black female and while she had their attention, I think the other black male came up and approached him with a hand gun," said Chief Deputy Joe Crow of the Lowndes County Sheriff's Office.

No one was hurt and the suspects left before they could take anything. Crow says burglars likely preyed on these residents because they're illegal immigrants and typically don't open bank accounts and keep cash in their homes.

This type of crime is occuring all too often. In the last 60 days it's happened four times in Lowndes County and two times in the City of Valdosta.

"We do see a rise in these during the harvest season when we do have more migrant workers come through," continued Crow.

 Residents were sympathetic to their targeted neighbors.

"It's just unfortunate that someone would take advantage of that," added Lindsey.

Regardless if you're working in the U.S. legally or not, the sheriff's office encourages you to report all crimes, saying they will work with you to bring criminals to justice.

Last night's robbers are still free. Authorities say they were last seen driving north on Bemiss Road in a brown compact car.  

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