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August 20, 2007

Mitchell County-  Police believe they're closing in on a burglary ring stealing cash registers and more from at least five convenience stores in four counties.

This weekend suspects lead law enforcement on a two county chase at speeds of 100 miles per hour. Monday one woman was in jail and warrants have been issued for a second suspect and now investigators say they need your help to catch the rest of the ring.

Dramatic surveillance video shows the burglary Wednesday at Holiday Market in Sale City. You can clearly see the face of the girl in the back seat and the get away car. This is the car Monday after a high speed chase this weekend.

"The car is exactly the same car that was in that burglary videotape leaving the store," said Inv. Bubba Lamb, Mitchell Co. Sheriff's Office.

Investigators says the same suspects hit the Doerun Hardware Store and Bob's Country Store Friday night, Saturday morning but when the suspects broke the door at Bob's they set off a loud alarm and took off.

"I drove up and the whole door was just shattered. There was a big hole in it," said Lethea Knuth, Bob's Country Store.

A nearby Mitchell County Sheriff's deputy saw the car and gave chase along Gravel Hill Road to Highway112, Highway 93, and across Highway 19 at 100 miles per hour.

"They were going real fast, they were doing everything they could to get away," said Lamb. It ended with a crash here on Antioch Road.

"The bad guys all jumped out of the car and ran after it crashed and evaded the search that we and Dougherty County Police put out," said Lamb.

Deputies found a box on the floor boards with rolls of change marked Doerun Hardware and Jason Lee Baird's driver's license. Baird borrowed the car from his girlfriend Amanda Brooks. Brooks worked for Colquitt 911 and was fired and arrested after reporting the car stolen after she learned about the chase. Now law enforcement hopes you'll help identify the others. Store owners say they hope these suspects are caught soon.

"I hope so," said Knuth.

So they can resume business without the fear of falling victim.

Investigators say they have received several tips from viewers who believe they may know the suspects after seeing the surveillance video we first showed you Friday. If you have any information please contact the Sheriff's office in Mitchell, Colquitt, Tift, or Worth Counties.

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