Saturday, May 18 2013 6:59 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:59:02 GMT
Dougherty County police are searching for a motorist who hit a pedestrian and then fled the scene. Authorities say it happened around 11pm Friday near the 3900 block of Radium Springs Road. PoliceMore >>
Dougherty County police are searching for a motorist who hit a pedestrian and then fled the scene. More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:58 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:58:50 GMT
It's graduation time for high schools in Dougherty County and students are ready to embark on their next journey. 230 graduates received their high school diplomas from Westover Comprehensive High SchoolMore >>
230 graduates received their high school diplomas from Westover Comprehensive High School this Saturday morning.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:44 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:44:14 GMT
Investigators are trying to find some clues as to who took nearly two dozen cell phones from a Mitchell County School. Pictures of the Baconton Community Charter School file room show where students cellMore >>
Investigators are trying to find some clues as to who took nearly two dozen cell phones from a Mitchell County School.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 12:48 PM EDT2013-05-18 16:48:01 GMT
The family of an Albany teenager who died on Friday, isn't sure how they'll pay for her funeral. 16-year old Keyanna Lang died from a heart condition. Due to her illness the family couldn't keep lifeMore >>
The family of an Albany teenager who died on Friday, isn't sure how they'll pay for her funeral.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 8:00 AM EDT2013-05-18 12:00:09 GMT
In its effort to hire 10,000 new employees in May, Dollar General will host a career fair at Dollar General located at 2017 N Slappey Blvd. in Albany, Ga. on Saturday, May 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.More >>
The event is held as part of the major retailer's effort to hire 10,000 new employees in May...More >>
ALBANY, GA (WALB) –Albany Police say metal thefts are increasing again now that metal prices have skyrocketed.
Copper thieves are targeting vacant houses, rental properties, and air conditioning units.
Police say they need your help to stop these thefts.
The owner of these apartments on Shelby Lane says metal thieves broke in and stripped several vacant units. The estimate of the damage is more than ten thousand dollars.
Vacant houses like this one are favorite targets for thieves.
Albany Police Sgt. Edward Heath said "the water pipes, wires out of the walls. They ripping them out, because some of the wires have copper in them. They taking anything they can think of that they think they can get some money off it, they taking it."
It could cost more to repair old houses like this after metal thieves pick it clean than they are worth. So the owners have to consider tearing them down, and too often they are just abandoned. City Commissioner Jon Howard says he is hearing complaints from many victims.
Howard said "Individuals probably doing it, probably unemployed, don't care. Just doing things to make a quick buck and not realizing what it's going to do to the property owner or home owner."
Police say local metal scrap yards are cooperating, and think thieves are taking the stolen metal out of town to sell.
Howard said "I think sometime these individuals are clever enough to go out and steal, they take it to another jurisdiction or another county and sell that for little or nothing."
Police are asking people to keep a close eye on their neighborhood, especially the vacant houses or buildings.
Heath said "Be our eyes and ears, to contact us when they see a strange person, or an individual walking around a vacant house or apartment. They need to give us a call."
Howard says he has increased security at his home, because of this increase in metal thefts. The Police Theft Unit says they are investigating almost 600 cases of metal theft right now.
Now you may think metal thieves will never bother you, so it's not your problem, but stripped vacant homes in your community pull down your home value. And these air conditioning units at the city recreation building, well your tax money will have to pay the thousands of dollars to replace them. So this crime is everyone's problem.
Police want your help. Get a good description of strangers that you suspect, and get a car tag number if possible, and call 9-1-1 to report metal thieves if you suspect a problem.