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Augusta Burglar Takes Time to Fix Dinner


Michael Eugene Dempsey doesn’t just break into a house. He makes himself right at home.

Dempsey, 42, was arrested last Monday for the August break-in at a house on Howard Avenue in Augusta. He was charged with burglary 1st degree, a Richmond County Sheriff’s report said.

The owner of the home, who lives in Winnsboro, S.C., checks on the property weekly and was surprised when she arrived on Aug. 15 to find the back door open and a rear window broken, the report said.

Only a few items were missing – an antique wooden box, about $50 in loose change and a vase. But she also discovered that whoever had been in her home had taken the time to cook a meal and then settled down in the living room to eat, the report said.

But the thief left evidence of his visit behind – a Dasani water bottle and an empty box of Kroger-brand “Meals Made Simple.” The items were turned over to the Investigation Division, the report said.

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Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh is an award-winning crime reporter in the Augusta-Aiken area with experience writing for The Augusta Chronicle, The Augusta Press and serving as publisher of The Jail Report. Rickabaugh is a 1994 graduate of the University of South Carolina and has appeared on several crime documentaries on the Investigation Discovery channel.
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