Americus Times-Recorder, Americus, Georgia

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December 26, 2012

Christmas Eve home invasion leaves resident shaken

ELLAVILLE — As darkness nears, a young Ellaville mother dreads nightfall.

The 34-year-old woman, who lives on Meadow Wood Drive in Ellaville with her fiance’ and 6-month-old son and two other children, said it will be a long time before she feels safe in her home again.

Shortly after 1 a.m. Christmas Eve, while she, her fiance’ and the baby were sleeping, two thieves entered their home and robbed them.

The victim said they were awakened by the phone ringing, but she didn’t get to the phone in time. That’s when she and her fiance’ noticed car lights going by their bedroom window. Her fiance’ opened the bedroom door and saw that the back door to the residence was “wide open.”

She said she heard her neighbor coming up the back steps telling them that they had been robbed and he had chased them off. The neighbor who had called before called again, saying that their dog would not stop barking toward the victim’s home so she got her husband up and when he went outside, their motion sensor turned the exterior lights on. The neighbor told the victim he heard two people outside saying “We gotta go.”

The two intruders took off in a white Camry, the victim said. They were carrying the booty from her home: two Xboxes, a Direct TV unit box, a 37-in. flat-screen TV and various other electronic games and apparatus.

The neighbor jumped in his vehicle and gave chase to the two, firing several gun shots into the air.  He told the victim he had to slam on his breaks to keep from t-boning the Camry which was on the roadside and sped away. One of the suspects dropped his cell phone and that’s how authorities found them, she said.

The victim said someone from the Schley County Sheriff’s Office arrived and the two men were later located. One had the stolen TV in his residence and the other had the other stolen items at his place. The items were recovered.

The victim said the two men were in jail, charged with burglary, but Schley County Sheriff Shane Tondee did not return calls from the Americus Times-Recorder on Wednesday.

“I didn’t sleep much last night,” the victim told the newspaper  late Wednesday afternoon.

She said her 11-year-old daughter returned home Tuesday and was up all night long.

“I don’t want it to get dark out,” the victim said. “I am so dreading the night ... The hardest thing for us is that someone broke into our home and we didn’t even hear it. We are supposed to be the protectors of this house.”

 

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