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Police investigate rash of burglaries

November 29, 2004

Tifton- Tifton-"Right there is where they pried it open," says Danny Bailey.

The cash drawer at Danny Bailey's TV shop still has markings where burglars pried it open last Wednesday night.

"The alarm went off immediately and at 8:11 my phone rang and we jumped in the car. By 8:14 we were here and when we got here we found two doors busted open. We found three desk drawers open. Plus my cash drawer was pried open," Bailey says.

Fortunately thieves didn't touch any of Bailey's expensive televisions and all they got was a little change.

"They got a couple rolls of quarters and they got a pistol out the drawer, so that was it. They probably did a thousand dollars worth of damage," says Bailey.

The TV shop was just one of six places hit that night. In fact, since the first of the month thirty burglaries have been reported.

"That consists of everything from businesses to even three churches got broken in to and numerous car lots got broken in to," says Detective Melissa Wood of the Tifton Police.

Wood says the burglars stole keys and drove off with two cars from the Quality Auto Sales car dealership, but most of the time the thieves are busting through windows and doors searching for loose cash.

"They're rummaging through drawers, desks, pretty much scattering things about the office areas," says Wood.

Now police are asking business owners to take money home with them at night, and make sure all surveillance cameras are working.

"My cameras ran out about thirty minutes before they kicked the door in. That won't happen again. So, if we'd just had the cameras rolling we would have had them," says Bailey.

Police recovered all the stolen cars but are asking any one with information about any of the burglaries to contact the Tifton Police Department.

Posted at 6:25 PM by elaine.armstrong@walb.com

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