Thomasville Break-In Leads to Warning from Investigators

By: Caroline Gonzmart Email
By: Caroline Gonzmart Email

You may think, 'It couldn't happen to me,' but Thomas County deputies say break-ins and robberies take place in every neighborhood.

They say it only takes an unlocked front door or a garage left open for someone to slip in empty-handed and leave with your belongings as their loot.

Investigators say that's exactly what happened when more than 30-thousand dollars' worth of fine jewelry was stolen from a Thomas County home recently.

Says chief investigator on the case Lt. Tim Watkins, "We believe entry had been gained by a window that was left open by the homeowner on their back deck."

Some Thomas County residents say they love their neighbors, but in today's world, they take every precaution to keep their valuables safe from thieves.

Says resident Mark Sealy, "[Thieves] can just walk in and walk out. It's good to have an alarm system, but if you don't, always be sure that your doors and windows are locked."
Deputies say vacant homes for sale in the area also create a tempting opportunity for many would-be crooks.

Realtors like Thomasville agent Jeffrey Jones say they're extra vigilant because of this.

Says Jones, "After we show the houses we want to make sure they're secure, locked, that the proper lights are either left on or left off and the security systems are always armed."

With just the turn of a key, deputies say you can better protect your home or office every time you leave.

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  • by Dave Location: Georgia on May 11, 2011 at 06:53 PM
    If nothing else was taken, I believe the culprit was someone that knew the homeowners and their schedule of being home and away. Could be someone that had earlier checked out the windows to see if any were left unlocked. Just a guess, but I think anyone that owned $30,000 in jewels certainly had other things very valuable that the culprit could have taken also.
  • by Dee Location: Tallahassee on May 11, 2011 at 01:37 PM
    A big robbery? Try burglary - it's only a robbery if a person is confronted.
  • by never locked Location: thomasville on May 11, 2011 at 11:14 AM
    like my great grand pappy always told me... locked doors and windows ONLY keep an honest person out. a crook will enter NO MATTER WHAT if you have something he / she wants from you..BUT even though i never lock my house, i promise they will NOT get past my 2 pitbulls.. explain to the E.R. how you got your arm ripped off.
  • by Try Mine Location: Armed Homeowner on May 11, 2011 at 07:45 AM
    When we start teaching these crooks a REAL lesson, then maybe it will stop. Also, keeping 30k in jewelry at home not in a safe was kinda dumb too. Of course, 5k worth sometimes gets reported as 30k for insurance.
  • by dog Location: gone on May 11, 2011 at 05:35 AM
    30 K in jewlery laying around ? ever heard of a SAFE.
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