According to the Cartersville police incident report, when a Magnolia Gardens employee arrived at the complex Monday morning, he entered the office and saw the rear door, which opened into a storage area, was open. The employee said the door was usually locked. When he attempted to enter the storage area, the employee said it would not open all the way as there was a hole in the wall behind the door.
According to the incident report, the hole led to the laundry room located in the same building. The officer determined the laundry room was the entry point for the forced entry. The employee said the filing cabinet had been forced open and the safe removed.
The officer spoke with the property manager, who said the safe was worth approximately $100, and the stolen money orders paid to management totaled approximately $857. The property manager said she was the last person in the office and she left at approximately 6 p.m. Sunday. She said she did lock the rear door when she left.
In addition to the money orders and safe, a recovery machine used to work on air conditioners valued at $300, a freon scale valued at $150 and a saw valued at approximately $150 were stolen as well.
A resident living near the office said he saw a blue Dodge Caravan with a broken headlight and a dark blue Chevrolet Impala park near the office at approximately 10:30 p.m. Sunday. The resident did not recognize the vehicles as belonging to any other residents. According to the report, after one driver talked to the other, both vehicles left the parking lot. The property manager said she had seen the Impala before, adding no residents drove a similar vehicle.
The property manager told Cartersville police she would cancel the money orders.