Million Dollar Gumlog Home Vandalized

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia

Franklin County authorities and Georgia Bureau of Investigation agents are both searching for the suspect or suspects who vandalized a home in the Gumlog community valued at over a million dollars.

According to Franklin County Sheriff Stevie Thomas, it happened sometime overnight on April 1 at a home on 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.

However, it was sold at auction on the courthouse steps in Carnesville for an undisclosed amount recently.

Thomas said sometime on the night of April 1, 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.

According to Thomas, authorities continue to interview people but have not made any arrests so far.