Bainbridge police chief says officers are vigilant as attempted business burglary, car break-ins continue

Bainbridge Public Safety Director Eric Miller
Bainbridge Public Safety Director Eric Miller
Bainbridge Public Safety Director Eric Miller

Bainbridge Public Safety Director Eric Miller spoke with Jesus and Jammin’ co-host Kevin Dowdy on Live 101.9 FM Friday morning about the continued rash of vehicle break-ins and said his officers are working closely with the Decatur County Sheriff’s office to find the person or persons responsible.

Miller’s acknowledgement that recent property thefts have increased comes as an attempted burglary was reported at Godwin’s Jewelers, a Shotwell Street business, early on the morning of Thursday, Sept. 11.

At 4:53 a.m., Public Safety Officer Mike Prindle responded to Godwin’s Jewelers, 400 E. Shotwell Street, Bainbridge, in reference to a glass breakage alarm going off.

No one had entered the business, but there was evidence that someone had either thrown a brick or tried to use it as a hammer against the business’ glass door. However, the brick had broken into two pieces.

Hidden in some bushes near the door were a portable spot light, which was still turned on, an additional brick and a tire iron.

Reviewing Godwin Jewelers’ surveillance video, Prindle noticed a light approaching the door at around 4:42 a.m. and again at 4:48 a.m. Thursday, just a few minutes before the arrival of police officers.


Other property thefts and break-ins reported in Bainbridge:

  • 9/11: 800 block of MLK Jr. Drive, a woman reported the front passenger window of her car was broken. Someone had gone through the car’s center console and stolen cash, a driver’s license and a video game.
  • 9/9: 1600 block of E. Broughton Street: a building owned an operated by Bainbridge Hospital and Manor used to store files had a broken window. It appeared that someone entered the building through the window. Several items that didn’t belong there, such as three bicycles, various fishing rods, a tackle box, digital cameras, bags of garden potting mix and bicycle parts were found inside the storage building.
  • 9/9: Hubert Dollar Drive: Someone busted out the windows of four separate vehicles. Cash was taken from two of the vehicles.
  • 9/9: 200 block of N. Scott Street, someone cut off the locks of four storage units. A small section of chain link fence had been cut.
  • 9/8: 1100 block of 5h Street, someone broke the window of a car and took a purse containing bank and ID cards, as well as a GPS unit.
  • 9/5: 1600 block of Dothan Road, a business reported that someone had cut the lock off a storage building unit and taken small appliances, furniture and 20 paint cans
  • 9/5: 700 block of E. Broughton Street, someone took several pieces of green patio furniture from the rear of a residence
  • 9/4: 600 block of S. Lamar Street, victim reported someone entered her unlocked car and took a wallet containing a driver’s license, other ID cards, credit and bank cards and insurance cards


The following property thefts were reported in Decatur County:

  • 9/9: Sgt. Williamson was dispatched to 3300 block of Old Whigham Rd. in reference to a Burglary. Case turned over to C.I.D. Investigators Brian Donalson and Gale Bowyer.
  • 9/9: contact was made with complaintant in reference to an entering auto.

  • 9/5: Dep. Edmond responded to Fluitt Road in reference to a Burglary. Case turned over to C.I.D. Investigator Ken Davidson.
  • 9/6: Dep. Presilla received a phone call in reference to a storage unit being broken into at the Climax Mini Storage in Climax, GA.
  • 9./7: Dep. S. Hughes responded to Hales Landing Rd. in reference to a stolen vehicle. Case turned over to C.I.D. Inv. Cheryl Roberts.


Report suspicious activity

If you want to report suspicious activity within Bainbridge city limits, call Bainbridge Public Safety at 248-2038 or fill out the tip form at the City of Bainbridge’s online Citizen Action Center.

If you live outside Bainbridge city limits, report possible criminal activity to the Decatur County Sheriff’s Office by calling 248-3044 or filling out the anonymous tip form on the Sheriff’s Office website.

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