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THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) - As soon as the owner of Vick's Barbeque arrived at work Saturday, he knew something was wrong.
A window was broken, bags of food were on the floor, and more than $1,000 worth of food was gone. "We started getting telephone calls from everybody. People coming by saying they seen someone, observed someone trying to sell the things they stole," said Owner Jimmie Vickers.
Vickers says with the community's help, police quickly arrested 42-year old Elonza Davis and 45-year old Stanley Lovejoy. "When word got out that I had been burglarized, which didn't take long, by 10 o'clock police had them apprehended."
Police say the men were trying to sell the stolen Boston butts, ribs, fish, and okra. Vickers estimates about $1,200 to $1,500 worth of merchandise was stolen.
"People are still coming, still calling, telling me how bad they feel about it. Is there anything they can do to help. So I had a lot of outpouring of support from the community and I'm really very pleased about it, very pleased," said Vickers.
Investigators still need the publics help. "They would like to talk to anyone who might have bought some meat from these gentlemen. Anybody who bought some meat, they're not in trouble, but the investigators would like to give them a call so they can talk to them about the case," said Public Information Officer Lt. Eric Hampton.
Vickers says had the community not stepped up, police likely wouldn't have made the arrests. Davis and Lovejoy were arraigned on $5,100 bonds, but remain at the Thomas County Jail.