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Baldwin Co. man shaken by racist notes
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Six days of the week, Craig Adams has a routine. "I go to work and I come home." But January 3, he came back to a burglarized home. "My TV was sitting out here, one of my small TV's from the bedroom, and it had a piece of paper underneath it," Adams said. It was one of four racist and threatening notes left around the home, says Capt. Brad King with the Baldwin County Sheriff's Office. "It makes some very crude reference to African-Americans, and the gist of that letter is for him to move out of that residence," Captain King said. Adams did just that the next day. He says that's why some of his belongings, along with his grand-childrens' belongings, are still in the home. "I couldn't get out of here fast enough," Adams said. "I don't like being back here." But he says his race shouldn't have made him a target. "With everything in me, I believe had I been white, this would not have happened." Adams was scheduled to move out of the home by January 31, after Georgia Power gave him six months to leave due to a violation of the lease terms. The home is leased by Adams' employer, Ranch Park Homes, but the property it sits on is owned by Georgia Power. Amy Fink, the media spokesperson for Georgia Power, says according to lease terms, homes cannot be sub-leased to a non-family member for an extended period of time. Though there was no sign of forced entry, Captain King says they did pick up two fingerprints that have yet to turn up a match. "It was an isolated incident," Capt. King said. "We haven't had similar crimes of this nature my entire career." The crime hit closer to home for Adams, whose son was fatally shot during a home invasion three years ago. "It changes the way you perceive your day-to-day living," he said. Now, Adams says home is wherever he's free, and home is wherever he's safe. "There's still racism and it's alive every day." The Sheriff's Office says the incident could be pursued as a hate crime. Anyone with information should call the Baldwin Sheriff's Office at 478-445-4893. Follow 13WMAZ's Anita Oh on Facebook at Anita Oh WMAZ and on Twitter @anita_oh.

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