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March 17, 2014

Arrest made in smash and grab burglaries

MILLEDGEVILLE — A local man has been arrested and charged in connection to a string of burglaries at area businesses.

Richard Lee Trawick has been charged in connection to break-ins at businesses along North Columbia Street.

Milledgeville Police officials said last week that several “smash and grab” burglaries have been reported in recent days involving Good Samaritan tip jars and bubble gum machines being taken from businesses.

The incidents occurred at the Jet Food Store near Chick-fil-A, CT Nails & Spa on North Columbia Street, Northside Loans and the Great Wall Chinese Restaurant on North Columbia Street from March 8 to the early morning hours of March 10.

Maj. Reggie Hill of MPD said last week that police believed the same suspect was involved in each of the cases.

“I think it was a rock thrown through all three of them I would say,” Hill said last week, prior to the fourth break-in at Northside Loans. “We believe it is the same suspect.”

Officers made contact with Trawick and later transported him to the police station for further questioning.

While police where en route to the police station, officers were called to Northside Loans on North Columbia Street in regards to a fourth break-in.

In the first three incidents, the suspect made off with a small amount of cash from a collection jar located near the counter at each business. In the fourth case, at Northside Loans, video surveillance shows the suspect entering the business and running out with a bubble gum machine.

In each incident, the suspect was wearing a camouflage jacket and dark pants and gloves.

Trawick has denied having an knowledge of the burglaries, but according to police, he did place himself inside two of the businesses during regular business hours.

According to one witness, the suspect came into one of the businesses and asked to use the phone the morning prior to the break-in.

Trawick is charged with four counts of burglary, according to police.

 

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