GBI Called in on Vandalism Case in Gumlog Community

April 10, 2013

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia


Franklin County authorities along with GBI agents are searching for the suspect or suspects who vandalized a home in the Gumlog community valued at over a million dollars.

The incident occurred overnight last Monday, April 1st, according to Franklin County Sheriff Stevie Thomas, at a home located at 1297 Franklin County Boat Ramp Road.

The 7,000 square foot, 12 bedroom, 4 bath home sits on 11 acres and was built in 2008 by the late Thomas Blakely.

But last Monday morning, it was sold at auction on the courthouse steps in Carnesville for an undisclosed amount.

Thomas said that sometime Monday night, suspects broke into the house and smashed the maple hardwood floors, tore down kitchen cabinets, ripped out plumbing and plumbing fixtures and caused an estimated $450,000 in damage to the inside of the home.

Thomas said agents with the GBI have been called in to assist Franklin County Sheriff’s deputies with their investigation.

So far, Thomas says they continue to interview people, but so far have not made any arrests.

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