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Arrests made in string of home break-ins

Six residential break-ins in McDuffie County have been solved with the recent arrests of two men from neighboring Columbia County, local authorities say.

McDuffie County Sheriff's Department Investigator Al Reeves identified the two men as Timothy John Ware, 25, of the 900 block of Cobb Road, Evans and Maurice Donnell Crawford, 30, of the 600 block of Blanchard Road, Evans. The suspects each are charged with six counts of burglary -- all felonies, Investigator Reeves said.

Mr. Ware and Mr. Crawford are being held in the Columbia County Detention Center in Appling. The suspects -- both of whom were unemployed - were taken into custody on similar charges in Columbia County on April 16. Local charges were not filed against the pair until later.

The suspects are accused of having committed break-ins of homes on Karen Lane, Wisham, Devenshier, Scuffle and Stagecoach roads between March 31 and April 13, Investigator Reeves said.

Stolen in the break-ins of homes in both McDuffie and Columbia counties were flat-screen television sets and laptop computers. Investigator Reeves said more than $14,000 worth of items was stolen in the six burglaries in McDuffie County.

Investigator Reeves said he had learned that many of the stolen items were sold to individuals in downtown Augusta.

"It's very doubtful we'll be able to recover any of the items stolen in the burglaries in McDuffie County," he said.

He said he appreciated the assistance from Investigators Tom Digsby and Investigator Josh Morris of the Columbia County Sheriff's Department.

Web posted on Thursday, May 27, 2010

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