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Alarming crime trend emerges in Valdosta

By Alicia Eakin - bio | email

October 13, 2008

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - Police are investigating a string of home invasion robberies in Valdosta. They say they are following several leads but until arrests are made, there are simple steps the community can take to stay safe.

Police say they are investigating three home invasion robberies that have taken place in the last week and half. Two masked gunmen knocked on doors in the late evening or early morning hours, then forced their way inside. 

 "The folks are coming into the residence, demanding things from people inside the residence, and they have displayed weapons," says Lt. Bobbi McGraw.

It's a trend that emerged last holiday season. Arrests were made and they seemed to let up. But now, they are happening again.  "I can't say its directly related to the holidays. It's just a group of folks that we just have to get our hands on."

Police say they are following several leads they hope will end with the gunmen behind bars. Until they do, they ask the community to lock up. 

"A lot of people in Valdosta, Lowndes County and the region don't lock their doors because they feel we have a safe community. It is a safe community but to make it even safer, keep your doors locked," said VPD Cmdr. Eugene Bell.

They also urge you to use common sense.  "If you don't recognize the person at the door, don't open the door. If someone comes to the door saying they've got a pizza and you didn't order a pizza, don't open it to see who it is," said Bell. 

To help keep any unwanted visitors out of your home.  Police say to call them if you get an unwanted knock on your door late at night.

 They also ask anyone who may have information on the robberies to call their crime tip line. That number is 229-293-3091.

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