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Criminals went to the back door of a house on South Street in Thomasville, and burst their way inside on Wednesday night. Police say they took several hundred dollars worth of electronics and a YamahaMore >>
Criminals went to the back door of a house on South Street in Thomasville, and burst their way inside on Wednesday night. Police say they took several hundred dollars worth of electronics and a Yamaha four-wheeler, and made a clean getaway.More >>
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Information from GA Pundit- Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield soldiers began Memorial Day observances Thursday. Several Gold Star Families - who like the Bookers have lost a family member to conflictMore >>
Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield soldiers began Memorial Day observances Thursday. In 2013, Georgia lost 26 armed services members who gave their lives for us and their names were read in the State Capitol as part of our observance of Memorial Day.More >>
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LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Legal woes are piling up for the leader of Georgia's Democratic Party. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports (http://bit.ly/199UTSo) that a lawsuit filed in Gwinnett CountyMore >>
A lawsuit filed in Gwinnett County this week accuses Mike Berlon of failing to distribute nearly $1 million from a trust he created for a friend and his son.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 11:45 PM EDT2013-05-24 03:45:38 GMT
A Cordele man is out of jail tonight, accused of stealing thousands of dollars worth of jewelry from his former employer. Crisp County Investigators say 25-year-old James Aultman stole more than $10,000More >>
A Cordele man is out of jail tonight, accused of stealing thousands of dollars worth of jewelry from his former employer.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 11:40 PM EDT2013-05-24 03:40:13 GMT
Albany Police are putting on a free gospel concert this weekend. It's free, but they will accept donations to fund the department's annual community picnic in June. Musical artists from around SouthMore >>
Albany Police are putting on a free gospel concert this weekend.More >>
VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) –Property crimes are rising in Valdosta.
Through August of this year, Valdosta Police investigated 597 burglaries alone.
That's 111 more than last year during that time period.
It's frustrating for homeowners and business owners.
Dale O'Connor repairs a door where thieves broke in over the weekend. They got away with hundreds of dollars in furniture and computers this weekend.
"It's hard enough during the economic times to make ends meet," said O'Connor. "You pay your bills and then you have someone that breaks in your place and then disrupts your business."
O'Connor says his business Diamond Realty has never been burglarized before .
"We don't keep any money in the office at all so we never have any money here so I don't know why anyone would want to break into it," said O'Connor.
Through the first eight months of this year, burglaries in Valdosta jumped 23 percent over last year.
"Like most places across the nation because of the economy, we've seen an increase in some of the crimes specifically burglaries," said Valdosta Police Lt. Aaron Kirk.
Police say over the last few months they've seen a decrease in July there were 81 burglaries and August they had 53.
"We believe it's due to the efforts of the police departments, doing burglary patrols and extra patrols during the day" said Lt. Kirk. "Also our investigative unit has done a really good job in investigating and passing their infomration along to patrol divisions as far as where the crimes are occuring, suspect information, types of burglaries, and things that really help combat it."
July they had a clearance rate of nearly 22 percent, much better than the national average.
"The national average on burglaries according to the FBI is 12.5 percent," said Lt. Kirk.
As police continue to fight crime, Dale O'Connor hopes someone will identify his three chairs and catch those crooks.
Police say they also depend on the community for tips to help them solve burglaries.
If you have information on the Diamond Realty break-in or any other crime, police want you to contact them.