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Homeless man accused of ransacking T'ville home

THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) -

The Washington Street home is quiet Monday, but police say on Saturday, and possibly other days over the last few weeks, it was ransacked by a burglar.

"We really don't know how many times the house has actually been entered, but we do know he was arrested yesterday on one count because we do know that at one point the owner did see him leaving the residence," said Lt. Eric Hampton.

Police say homeowner Larry Only is in the process of moving his property to another state and they think the suspect Jeffrey Thomas knew that.

"If you own a residence and it's vacant, that you have someone checking on the house periodically that you make sure these items are still there and still in place. And by all means if you see someone acting suspicious around the police department, please call the police so we can come check it out," said Hampton.

Police say the owner of the home on Washington Street in Thomasville did previously know the suspect which led to his arrest.

"He actually walked up on the suspect who was leaving the residence at the time with some of the property. He called the police," said Hampton.

And police say these crimes negatively impact the community especially in these historic areas of town.

"Anytime you have thefts or things being stolen out of someone's, someone's property being taken, it really impacts people especially when it comes to crime in that area of town. We have a lot of tourism here," said Hampton.

Police say Thomas took several thousand dollars worth of electronics, tools, and furniture. They're working to recover the property and return it to the owner.

Thomas is charged with one count of burglary, but more charges are pending.

He was denied bond.

 

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