Thursday, May 23 2013 3:54 PM EDT2013-05-23 19:54:34 GMT
A Dougherty County rape crisis center hopes to raise $15,000 at a tasty event Thursday night at the Merry Acres Event Center. The Lily Pad Center provides support services to more than 300 child victimsMore >>
The Lily Pad Center provides support services to more than 300 child victims and roughly 150 adults every year. About two hundred people are expected to show up for the fourth annual 'Farm to Fork' Fundraiser.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 2:33 PM EDT2013-05-23 18:33:20 GMT
Three Albany men, charged with beating a man in a bar parking lot so viciously they fractured his skull. are found guilty of different levels of involvement in their trial. After three hours of deliberationMore >>
A guilty verdict after three hours of deliberation, as three Albany men are found guilty of different levels of involvement in their aggravated assault trial.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 12:25 PM EDT2013-05-23 16:25:08 GMT
Army Specialist Ciara Smith surprised her son Devin Lewis and her mother Carla Williams today at Devin's Kindergarten graduation at Harper Elementary School in Thomasville. Smith just returned from herMore >>
Army Specialist Ciara Smith surprised her son Devin Lewis and her mother Carla Williams today at Devin's Kindergarten graduation at Harper Elementary School in Thomasville. More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 11:57 AM EDT2013-05-23 15:57:54 GMT
Thomasville-Thomas County Humane Society Volunteer Lacey Williams and WALB's Stephen Abel drew the winning raffle ticket late Wednesday afternoon for a $100 gas card donated by Harold Jackson and PetroleumMore >>
A group of volunteers raised a total of $640 by selling the raffle tickets. The money will be used to fight animal cruelty through education and awareness.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 10:01 AM EDT2013-05-23 14:01:10 GMT
Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, P. E. announced some road closures Thursday morning. Beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, the following streets will be closed for the Spring Fest and SBMore >>
Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, announced some road closures beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, in downtown Albany.More >>
July 25, 2003
Valdosta - Glenda Hyatt has been a real estate agent for two years. In this business, showing homes to strangers is a daily routine.
But lately, she's thought twice before meeting a customer at a home. "We've been a little more alert and cautious," said Hyatt.
Female real estate agents in Valdosta, Melbourne and Daytona Beach, Florida, and Brunswick have been robbed by a man posing as a potential home buyer. "He tied them up and took their jewelry, money, and ATM cards," said Sheriff Ashley Paulk.
The suspect's description is the same in all the cases. "He's about 300-350 pounds, 6'4, dark hair and eyes," said Paulk.
Glenda says the string of robberies has local agents taking extra steps to protect themselves. "There is no sale worth the risk of your safety," said Hyatt.
Real estate agents say a good way to stay safe in this business is to make an office appointment with the customer before ever meeting at a home. "They have to fill out a lot of paperwork to get pre-qualified, and it could take a few days before they can actually see the house," said Hyatt. "If they're a serious buyer, they'll wait to see the house."
And if you're still not comfortable being alone with the client, ask someone to go with you. "You can always travel in pairs with another agent, or ask your broker to go with you," said Hyatt.
Investigators have several leads, and hope they're close to ending the real estate robbery spree. Until they do, Glenda will take extra precaution to make sure she doesn't become avictim.