GBI Investigates Vandalism at Million Dollar Mansion

Agents with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation are now assisting in the search for the suspect or suspects who vandalized a home in the Gumlog community of Franklin County valued at over a million dollars.

According to Franklin County Sheriff Stevie Thomas, someone broke into the home at 1297 Franklin  County Boat Ramp Road overnight last Monday or Tuesday night.  

Suspects reportedly broke into the house and damaged the maple hardwood floors, tore down kitchen cabinets, ripped out plumbing and plumbing fixtures, and did other damage to the home totaling in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.

“We were notified Wednesday after it happened and inspected the home,” Thomas said. “There is lots of damage.  I called in the GBI and the investigation is ongoing.”

The 7,000 square foot, 12 bedroom, 4bath home sits on 11 acres and was built in 2008 by the late Thomas Blakely.  County records show the home is valued at $1.1 million. But last Tuesday morning, it was sold at auction on the courthouse steps in Carnesville for an undisclosed amount.

So far, Thomas said they continue to interview people, but  have not made any arrests. Thomas would not say if they have any persons of interest.