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Store crash and grab chase video released

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By Jim Wallace - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Doughtery County Police continue to look for two thieves who crashed a stolen car through the front doors of two convenience stores early Wednesday morning, and then lead an Officer on a high speed pursuit.

Investigators continue to search for the two masked men who drove an Oldsmobile through the front doors of the Quick Buys Food Store on Sylvester Road about 2:30 AM Wednesday, stealing cigarettes. Officer David Zigan thought they might hit another store, and staked out the Express Lane on Newton Road. And about an hour later the thieves showed up.

At 3:30 AM Officer Zigan was hiding in the field across from the store when the crooks drive up, and he moves in.

Dougherty County Police  Captain Jimmy Sexton said "It was good tactical thinking on his part, that they were going to hit another store."

The two thieves drove the stolen Oldsmobile through the doors of the Express Lane, and rushed in, stealing cigarettes. They see the Police Car pulling in, jump in the car, and in haste to escape ram the Police Car, starting the four minute chase.

Officer Zigan followed the stolen car down Lily Pond Road at speeds of close to 80 miles an hour. No other cars were on the road during the entire event. The thieves turn onto McCray driving east, then onto Joshua, and finally onto Swaggot Road, which is a dead end street.

The thieves jump out of the car while it's still rolling, and take off running. Officer Zigan followed on foot for a short distance, but lost them in the dark. Another Officer arrives in seconds.

Sexton said "We were able to recover the car, and the proceeds from the burglary on the east side that night."

Investigators think the two thieves knew that area well, and went there to escape.

Investigators say they think the same two thieves crashed a stolen car through two other convenience store fronts about a week earlier. The same kinds of cigarettes were stolen in all four crash and grab break ins.

If you know anything about these thieves, there is a reward for your information. Call the Dougherty County Police at 229-430-6600, or CRIME STOPPERS at 229-436-TIPS.


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