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Ben Hill Co. hit with rash of burglaries

By  Stephanie Springer  - bio | email

FITZGERALD, GA (WALB) –Some people in Fitzgerald and Ben Hill County are on edge after a series of burglaries.

Friday, investigators are questioning a person of interest.

Investigators say these burglars are hitting homes in the daytime hours and some of the thieves may just be kids.

Investigators tell me this is the most burglaries they have seen in several years at one stretch of time. Thieves aren't just hitting homes, they even hit a church! Now investigators are looking for links in these crimes and pursing some possible leads.

Investigators say there's no rhyme or reason to these break ins. Burglars are hitting homes in both the city and the county. "It's just really puzzling that we've got this many at one time," said Investigator Patrick Hogan.

And Thieves are stealing just about everything they can get their hands on including guns, jewelry,cash and electronic items.

Even breaking into this church stealing a TV and a microwave."We actually go after them a little bit harder when they break into our churches," said Hogan.

Its keeping investigators in the city and county very busy.Sheriff's Investigator Patrick Hogan says in the last nine days, the city and the county are working close to a dozen burglaries.

On Lobingier Ave, three houses have been hit within walking distance of each other. "Makes me think about how bad the economy is getting, hard times, people are trying to get what they can," said Kangas.

Mathew Kangas lives on that road and he says his dog helps him feel safer. "He walks around when I'm not there so I don't have to worry about anyone breaking in or nothing," said Kangas.

Investigators are looking for similarities that could tie these burglaries together. So far Investigators say at this point they have determined at least two different groups of people are responsible."To me the ones that are occurring in the city are probably a younger group, the ones in the county are probably an older person," said Hogan.

So far no property has been recovered.

Investigators say unfortunately these days, you should prepare to have your house broken into. Lock up valuables like guns and jewelry and keep cash out of view. Also remember your neighbor can be one of the best tools in protecting your house.

If you have any information on these crimes call the Ben Hill County Sheriff's office at (229) 426-5140  or the Fitzgerald Police Department at (229) 426-5000

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