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Albany man charged in two business burglaries

By Jim Wallace - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –Surveillance video is being credited with the quick capture of a burglar who smashed his way into two businesses overnight.

Albany Police say Patrol Officer Michelle Jones got a good look at the bandit on the store surveillance video just minutes after the break ins and knew it was him when she spotted the burglar about 4:40 AM.

Just before midnight at Warehouse Package Store someone threw a large rock through the glass front door. Surveillance video shows one man dash inside and steal cigars and a bottle of whiskey. A couple of hours later a brick was thrown through the glass doors of Bargain Town on South Slappey.

Surveillance video shows the suspect rode up on a bicycle. Inside he packed candy, deodorant, T-shirts and men's briefs into a plastic bag and rode off.

The surveillance video shows the two burglaries were committed by the same man, what he looked like, and how he was traveling.

 Detective Darryl Jones said "Approximately and hour and a half after the burglary, patrol officers stopped a suspect matching that description, near the bargain town. He had on the exact same clothing and was riding a bicycle they saw on the video."

28 year old Victor Roberts had some of the stolen items on him, and he was charged with both burglaries.

Jones said "At the time he had dropped a package of Tic Tac's at the location, which they recovered."

Now Police are still trying to determine if Roberts was involved in other recent smash and grab burglaries, like this one at the Dollar General on West Broad Avenue last week. The bandit stole deodorant and toothpaste after throwing a rock through the front door. Investigators say they know Roberts well, because he has been arrested for other burglaries.

 Police say the best way to stop these smash and grab burglaries is good store surveillance equipment.

"The most important thing is to make sure the video surveillance equipment is up and running. Make sure your doors are locked and chained tight," Jones said.

Managers at both businesses did not want to talk on camera, but said the smashed doors would cost several hundreds dollars to repair, even though the stolen items cost only a few dollars.

Of course that cost has to be passed on to their customers, to pay for the cost of crime.

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