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By Tayleigh Davis - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Police are looking a man who broke into an Albany restaurant twice overnight. Surveillance cameras in 3 Corners Fish and Chicken were rolling as the burglar stole a flat screen TV the first time and snagged the register the second go around.

Owner, Abed Allatafeh, has only been in business four months. He says the violence and drug deals near his store front aren't assuring. That's why he invested in surveillance cameras.

Someone barged into the 3 Corners Fish and Chicken at 2:00 a.m., Saturday after removing a glass panel on the side of the building. He went straight for the flat screen TV, leaving nothing but a hole in the ceiling.

Two hours later, he came back for the cash register. He shook and shook, but it was empty. Owner Abed Allatafeh makes sure to close out the register before locking up. He thinks this same man came in hours later for a meal. He says something just wasn't right.

"He came back to see what was going on and he looked scary and you could barley understand what he was saying, " said Allatafeh. "He looked scary."

The owner says the camera up front caught the suspects every move. He says each camera helped him identify the burglar.

"His face and his body were like what I saw in the camera and I recognized his nose," said Allatafeh. 

He thinks the suspect may be a regular customer, but police have no one in custody yet. Eight security cameras keep an eye outside and inside the building. APD Lt. James Williams encourages all businesses to invest in a quality system. 

"We ask businesses to make sure their cameras are up-to-date," said Lt. Williams. "This business had a good video system and we hope someone will identify the perpetrator."

The person behind the crime appears to be wearing work boots, and his face is partially exposed under his hood.

The owner says it's the first incident he's had in four months. From now on, he'll continue to run his security cameras around the clock. He also plans on buying a gun.

The area on the corner of Oakridge and MLK is known for drug activity. People and businesses say they'd like to see a continued police presence there. If anyone recognizes the man in this surveillance video, they're urged to call Crime Stoppers at (229)-436-TIPS.

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