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Police scanners popular among thieves

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) - A recent burglary in Albany is raising some eyebrows and causing some concern. Last week a man broke into Tanner-Deen Nissan on E. Oglethorpe Boulevard. Surveillance video caught him on tape. Aside from the tools he had with him to get in the dealership. The burglar was also wearing a police scanner to stay one step ahead of the cops.

Police say scanners are nothing new for crooks, however; a new trend is downloading police scanner applications on smart phones and iPhones. A different type of technology caught this burglar-a surveillance camera.

Police use radios everyday to track down criminals like the man breaking in to Tanner-Deen between midnight and 6:00 a.m. Last Tuesday. He appears to be wearing a scanner on his belt.

"You have technology and it goes both ways," said Woody Givens with Tanner-Deen Nissan Dealership. "We have technology to prevent them but of course they have technology to commit this crimes."

Givens says after police scanned the fence around the perimeter, he found a new clue. A trash can was hiding a large hole in the fence. He believes the thieves slipped through and ran to the back near the parts department where they broke in through one of the glass garage doors.

Employees say he used a special tool to rip apart the top portion of a safe in another part of the building. He got away with about $100. The thieves had enough time to break in through a thick layer of concrete and metal. They continued to the upstairs offices where he broke though doors and left offices disheveled with opened file cabinets.

They even tried to cut off the security cameras. The thieves targeted the shop the one night the alarm system was off.

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