Suspect behind bars in Milledgeville after string of burglaries
He’s been giving officers in Milledgeville headaches for weeks, now Richard Lee Trawick is sitting in the Baldwin County Jail charged with three counts of burglary.
It all started earlier this month.
Police say Trawick allegedly broke into a Great Wall Chinese Restaurant and stole and undisclosed amount of money.
A few days later, a Jet Foods Store, and continued to hit other stores in the city.
Major Reggie Hill says a few clues helped catch up with Trawick.
“Having good video on it definitely helped us out in solving this case. Once we saw the video, a few of us immediately recognized the subject, but could not place his name at that time,” Hill said.
He says all of this happened in about a four block radius starting at the Great Wall and working its way down North Columbia Street. He says it took great police work to catch the suspect.
“What led to this was strictly just going back to the basics, good old police work, knowing the people in your community. Sometimes you’ll forget a name, but you never forget a face,” Hill said.
He says even though the burglaries at the different locations happened back to back, the incidents don’t happen a lot in the city.
“Normally most of our burglaries are residential burglaries. Every so often we’ll run across it where we’ll have a commercial burglary here or there. It’s not like it’s just a thing that happens here often, but it does happen,” Hill said.
As for the victimized businesses, Hill thinks the damages can get to be a little pricey, a cost he says Trawick will be responsible for.
“Pane glass broken from a business that can exceed $500 to $1000. We’re unclear as to the damages, and until they assess it get a price and fix it, then we’ll actually know what this person will be responsible for reimbursing to those victims,” Hill said.