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Cairo theft arrest linked to other burglaries

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CAIRO, GA (WALB) - Thieves took hundreds of dollars from a cash register inside the Cairo Lawn Center, and it happened during business hours Wednesday, when employees were there.

Witnesses told police say 48-year-old Jessie James Smith went inside the store when employees were out back and took the money, while 23-year-old Donnell Oxendine waited in the car.

An employee saw the man leave the business and got his tag number.

After the thieves left they took off down highway 84. That's when a GBI agent who was traveling down the highway, heard the look out over the radio, and spotted the vehicle.

"He followed them in town, called for back up and arrested them on Maddison street in Thomasville," said Sheriff Harry Young.

The theft is similar to one that occurred in the county a couple of weeks ago, and according to the sheriff's office, it involved the same men.

"That's what happened at Mark's Greenhouse. They wait until they are out back, then walk in," said the Sheriff.

Now authorities believe the men may be linked to dozens of other burglaries in surrounding counties.

"We found several stolen driver's licenses and security numbers inside the car," he said.

The two men are jail on charges of theft by taking. More charges are pending. 

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