Monday, May 20 2013 11:25 AM EDT2013-05-20 15:25:03 GMT
Two men, one black and one white, burst into the Petro Store at the intersection of Highway 200 and Highway 45 Sunday night, and attacked the clerk, stealing money. The victim told authorities that theMore >>
Two men, one black and one white, burst into the Petro Store at the intersection of Highway 200 and Highway 45 Sunday night, and attacked the clerk, stealing money.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 10:54 AM EDT2013-05-20 14:54:19 GMT
Information from the Georgia Lottery- ATLANTA – A Valdosta man has won a huge jackpot prize playing Fantasy 5. William Gilbert, 71, matched all five numbers from the May 16 Fantasy 5 drawing, winningMore >>
William Gilbert, 71, matched all five numbers from the May 16 Fantasy 5 drawing, winning the 484,201 jackpot prize. Barretts, 6685 Bemiss Road in Valdosta, sold the Quik Pik ticket.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 10:45 AM EDT2013-05-20 14:45:59 GMT
Thomasville Police Officers responded to Walmart in reference to a shoplifting Sunday night. Employees told police a man left the store with a shopping cart full of items without paying. The employeesMore >>
Thomasville Police Officers responded to Walmart in reference to a shoplifting Sunday night. Employees said the man pulled knife and began swing it at them. He then ran to a vehicle parked in the parking lot and attempted to leave however, but the car would not start, so he took off running.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 9:30 AM EDT2013-05-20 13:30:40 GMT
By PAMELA SAMPSON AP Business Writer BANGKOK (AP) - The price of oil fell Monday ahead of the release later this week of economic data from the U.S. and China, the world's two largest economies, andMore >>
The price of oil fell Monday ahead of the release later this week of economic data from the U.S. and China. Benchmark crude for June delivery was down 55 cents to $95.47 a barrel, but gas in East Albany was $3.42 this morning....More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 9:03 AM EDT2013-05-20 13:03:02 GMT
A Lowndes County man is behind bars after deputies uncovered nearly half a million dollars of marijuana. Deputies responded to a complaint at Jose Sanchez's house on Highway 129 North Friday. AuthoritiesMore >>
A Lowndes County man is behind bars after deputies uncovered nearly half a million dollars of marijuana.
Valdosta - It's an annual holiday tradition but without the holiday cheer.
Valdosta police see an increase in the amounts of robberies, burglaries and car break-ins each winter. But this year police have a new game plan to assure all of your holiday gifts make it under the tree.
Police won't tell us where, but say they are now wiring hidden cameras at hot spots throughout the city. They hope it will help them curb the holiday crime spree. "I hope its a message to our would-be burglars, that we do have cameras up but you are not going to be able to see them so take your chances," says Commander Brian Childress with the Valdosta Police.
While they are hoping these high tech gadgets will help reverse this holiday trend, they are utilizing some old school techniques as well.
For the past year, police have been mapping every burglary, robbery and car break-in in the city. Now they'll be beefing up patrols in these areas. "One of the better maps we have are heat index maps and they show a balloon where crimes are occurring and we just ask our officers to patrol those areas more heavily," Childress adds.
Police cruisers aren't the only patrols you'll see. "This year you'll see an increase in bike officers at the mall in those areas, especially around Thanksgiving and Christmas. Around our businesses, you'll see bike officers in your area too."
These officers are working out of season to assure the only steal you'll see is at the mall.
Police say they can't do it alone. They say simple tips like locking your doors and hiding gifts and other merchandise in your trunk can help them reduce crime this holiday season.