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A rash of crimes in Thomas County

Thomasville- An unusually busy week of criminal activity in Thomas County ranges from vandalism at a school bus yard to rape.

     Instead of the bright yellow buses, a dull-brown sheriff's car caught double takes at the Thomas County school depot Tuesday. Investigators say a vandal struck late Monday night. "We have around 35, 36 buses where one or more tires were flattened on each of the buses," says Thomas County Sheriff's investigator Pascal Autry.

     This was not a victimless crime. Investigators say it's interfering with public transportation, and that dozens of kids were late for school. "If anyone has any information, the county is offering a reward upon the arrest and conviction," says Autry.

     The Sheriff's office also is investigating a rape that happened behind Magnolia School. Ronnie Mills is accused of attacking his 16 year old cousin. "When she refused him, he kept persisting in it and tried to force himself upon her," says Autry.

     Investigators say the girl finally managed to fight Mills off by biting him. If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in prison. "He is still here, incarcerated in the Thomas County Jail, denied bond," says Autry.

     Thomasville Police have their work cut out for them as well. They're investigating a horrific hit and run. "A car versus a pedestrian," says Captain Troy Rich.

     Alan Moore turned himself in Tuesday afternoon. Police say he's charged with leaving the scene of an accident with serious injuries for running over a man on Magnolia Street. "The victim was originally placed in ICU to be evaluated. Currently he has been taken out of ICU," says Rich. The victim regained consciousness this afternoon. He is listed in good condition.

     That's not all for the Sheriff's Office, either. Deputies are also looking into a rash of burglaries off of South Pinetree Boulevard. "Several of the resident were coming home, finding their doors had been pried open. It appeared to use some type of screwdriver to do so," says Autry.

     Investigators believe the four burglaries are connected to one and other. "The method of entry was the same on all of them, and also, the area of South Pinetree, they were all within a block of each other," says Autry.

     Deputies say they don't have a prime suspect yet, but that they are following up on some information.

     The Sheriff's Office is warning people to use their dead bolts routinely. Investigators say that the majority of the homes burglarized had dead bolts, but did not use them. If you have any information about these crimes, call the Thomas County Justice Center at 225-3315.

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