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By Christian Jennings - bio | email

PELHAM, GA (WALB) - Small business owners in Pelham are on alert after several break-ins over the past two weeks.

Thieves shattered windows and knocked down the doors of local businesses and got away with cash registers, money, and other merchandise.

For five years Rusty Davis has provided fresh fruits and vegetables for Pelham residents. But dealing with a burglary, is a first for him.

"Everything they got, and the damage done probably totals right at around $2,500," says Davis.

On Friday May 8th, Rusty came in to open up for business. He was greeted with shattered glass.

"I went to open up the cash register, and the cash register was gone," says Davis.

Along with money left inside the register and a few other items. And this was just the first of the recent string of break ins in Pelham.

Last Wednesday Bo's Tire and Car Care was hit, the door knocked open, cash register gone.

And then Friday another business, A and K Beauty Supplies. "People will do what they have to do to get by," says Davis.

Now he's doing what he has to do to prevent this from happening again. "We won't leave a penny in the cash register again. And we're going to get a pit bull," he says.

Next week, he says he's installing an alarm system too.

"Maybe the economy will straighten up and people will stop doing stuff like this to get what they want," says Davis.

Pelham police say they don't have any leads in the break ins right now but they are beefing up patrol in the area.

They say there's a good chance the same group of people are responsible for all three burglaries.

Police were able to recover the stolen items from the latest break in at A and K Beauty Supplies.

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