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April 3, 2014

Burglary investigation ongoing

Suspect left notes with racial remarks at residence

MILLEDGEVILLE — An investigation into a case involving burglary and racially-tinged notes left at a local residence is turning up few leads, according to sheriff’s office officials.

“We’re still working, but we’ve exhausted all leads we have,” said Capt. Brad King of the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office Wednesday afternoon.

King is referring to an incident that took place in the area of Power Point Road Jan. 3 at the residence of Craig Adams. According to a sheriff’s report, the residence where Adams was living had been burglarized, and the theft of items from the home was accompanied by notes that contained racial epithets.

According to King, Adams found four notes situated around the house containing “crude remarks about African Americans,” indicating that the burglary could happen again if Adams did not move from the residence.

King added that through the investigation law enforcement noticed there were no signs of forced entry, but they were able to retrieve a set of fingerprints from one of the notes.

“After identifying the victim’s fingerprints we were able to pick up a pair of unidentified prints on the note,” he said.

After running the prints, no matches came up in the system.

King said Adams suggested that someone living in the area could possibly be the suspect in the burglary. The sheriff’s office followed that lead as well.

“We interviewed … and ran their prints against the ones we already had, but we do not have any evidence linking the subjects to the crime at this time.”

King said surveillance cameras were placed on the property in the anticipation that a second attempt at a robbery would take place, but no one returned.  

The investigation also led detectives to speak with Georgia Power officials.

King explained that Adams’ home is leased by Ranch Park Homes but is situated on Georgia Power property.

“We wanted to see if that aspect of the property had any link to the incident but we found none,” he said.

Adams was asked to move out of the home by Jan. 31. He was given six months notice to leave.

“It’s our understanding that he was asked to leave because of a violation with a sub-lease contract,” King said.

An attempt to reach the owner of the residence for comment was made but no phone calls were returned by press time Wednesday.

King said the incident came as a surprise to him because this particular area of the community is predominantly crime-free.

“We generally don’t have crime of any kind there, and it was a shock to me that a crime of this nature occurred.”

He also added that the crime was an isolated incident. When contacted Wednesday Adams declined comment.

The case is ongoing and no arrests have been made.

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