ALBANY, GA (WALB) – Surveillance video is sometimes the only key piece of evidence law enforcers have in solving a crime. We often run surveillance video on our news and viewers call in with tips that help investigators make arrests. But there are still dozens of unsolved crimes across south Georgia with good surveillance video we want you to take a closer look at this morning.
Law enforcers can't stress enough the importance of not only having surveillance cameras but installing them correctly and making sure you have an up to date system. Sometimes all it takes is one WALB viewer to recognize a suspect in a video. With that in mind, here are a few recent robberies and burglaries law enforcers need you to take another close look at, because the suspects are still out there.
From violent crimes to burglaries surveillance cameras can capture the details needed for investigators to solve crimes quickly and make arrests. But they need your help.
On April 24th a gunman forced employees to the ground while he emptied the register at the Quick Buys on Faceville Highway in Bainbridge. But this incident is only the most recent in a string of violent armed robberies.
In Ochlocknee on April 10th, this video shows two robbers bursting into the T&J convenience store with guns drawn. No one was hurt, but that wasn't the case in Camilla on April 1st. In this frightening robbery, a customer and a store clerk were shot after two men rushed into the Exxon Route 66 with guns and a plan.
And less than a week before the Camilla robbery three armed robbers held up Oxley's food in Moultrie. One of the robbers even went into an office, grabbed a clerk by the hair and pointed a gun to her head as he swiped the cash tray.
But it isn't just the violent crimes police want to solve. A couple weeks ago two men stole an ATM with ease from the First Port City Bank in Bainbridge. And in Albany, smash and grab burglaries are almost common place. Take a look at this surveillance video from one back in March at Miles Towing and Recovery. A crook threw a rock through the window then rushed to desk where he swiped money and a gun.
Of course during many of the crimes caught on tape faces were covered. But police hope someone, anyone, will notice something familiar, and give them a call.
Police recommend all businesses especially convenience stores have some kind of surveillance system.
But if the system is old you may want to upgrade. Get rid of the VCRs and get a digital system that you can monitor from another location when your business is closed. Also make sure you have multiple cameras inside and outside with a good view of the entire parking lot.
And inside, place at least one camera eye-level so police can get a good look at the subject's face.