Crime

Augusta man arrested after stealing surveillance camera

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WJBF) - A local man is facing charges after allegedly stealing a surveillance camera in Hephzibah.

49-year-old Dale Scott Ragland is charged with Misdemeanor Theft by Taking.

Investigators say Ragland allegedly stole a surveillance camera owned by the Augusta-Richmond County Environmental Services Division from the 3100 block of Birdwell Road.

The camera was installed and monitored by the Richmond County Marshal's Office to look out for illegal dumping in the area.

Deputies got a lead in the case when the camera was later turned on and began transmitting video, alerting authorities and identifying Ragland.

While serving the warrant at Ragland's home, deputies found a number of code violations related to scrap tire accumulation. The two neighboring property owners were also charged for similar code violations.

Ragland was jailed on the theft charge. He was also wanted by the Grovetown Department of Public Safety for failure to appear on charges related to Interference with a Police Officer.


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