Crime spree hits Macon residents

Bonnie Bonesky had planned to sleep in Sunday morning after getting off work at 8 p.m. Saturday.

“But I woke up to this loud banging on my door,” said Bonesky, of Buckingham Place off Vineville Avenue.

Police officers were at Bonesky’s door. They told her vandals had broken into her 2006 Jeep Liberty, she said.

They had used a pry bar to break the window and had dented Bonesky’s “baby,” her first new car, she said.

The burglars didn’t take anything. They left behind $2 in loose change.

Macon police say a dozen cars were burglarized in the area surrounding Ingleside and Vineville avenues between Saturday night and Sunday morning.

Burglars also broke into Lutheran Church of the Redeemer on Pierce Avenue and stole a computer, electronics and musical instruments, according to a police report.

Capt. Lionel Doss said crime had been on the decrease in the area until the crime spree began late Thursday night.

The car and church burglaries came on the heels of break-ins at four Ingleside Avenue businesses overnight Thursday.

Burglars smashed the front doors at Me and Thee, 2360 Ingleside Ave.; Cross Stitches’ Ark, 2370 Ingleside Ave.; Warno-Cam Paint Co., 2379 Ingleside Ave.; and Ingleside Crafts and Things, 2381 Ingleside Ave. Cash registers and money were taken from the businesses, according to police.

“It’s something where we’ve gone without a problem and now we do” have one, Doss said. “It was not a usual weekend at all.”

Bonesky said her neighborhood is typically quiet, one reason why she picked the area.

She said the car burglaries — five on her street alone — concern her.

“But what can you do?” she said.

Sgt. Zac Self said it doesn’t look like the car break-ins are related to the incidents at the Ingleside Avenue businesses.

It’s unclear whether the burglary at the Lutheran Church is related to the other incidents, Doss said.

Doss said investigators have a person of interest in connection with the car burglaries, a juvenile.

Officers are planning to increase patrols in the area and contact business owners, he said.

Self said motorists can reduce their chances of a car break-in by keeping their doors locked, parking in well-lit areas and keeping items of value out of sight.

“If you’ve got a GPS system in the glove box, take off the mount too,” he said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the police at 751-7500 or Macon Regional CrimeStoppers at (877) 68-CRIME.

Information from The Telegraph’s archives was included in this report.

To contact writer Amy Leigh Womack, call 744-4398.