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Man steals police uniforms from dry cleaners

An Albany man is jailed, charged with breaking into a dry cleaners.

But it was the clothing he stole and the events that transpired that helped land the suspect in jail. The owner of Riley's Cleaners reported that A.P.D. uniforms were swiped from the business during a Friday break-in.

But when a man wearing an A.P.D. issued shirt entered a downtown convenience store making an unusual demand. The real cops were called in to arrest him.

It wasn't necessarily the break in, but the items stolen during the burglary that has some folks concerned. Police uniforms swiped from an Albany dry cleaners.

"How do you know who you can trust, you don't know who is a real cop or who is somebody posing as a cop," says Eric Griffin, Concerned citizen.

Albany Police say Frederick Joyce broke into Riley's Cleaners and stole four Albany Police Department shirts and a pair of A.P.D. pants.

He was arrested at the Home Run Foods on Oglethorpe Blvd, after he walked in wearing an APD shirt, demanding a cup of free coffee.

"If a man can go steal a police uniform, how do you know who is who, and then we have to let him into this place of business, he could hurt one of us or something, and we welcome him in as if he was an officer," says Alfred Adams, Home-Run-Foods Cashier.

The Home Run Food's manager Roderick Gervin, who was not available for an interview, but says he had problems with Joyce earlier in the week as well.

He says Joyce was stealing sunglasses from the store.

"Only a fool would do such a thing, when the police station is right there across the street," says Adams.

He was arrested and charged with burglary.

"We all represent the city, we represent Albany, we represent business, we represent growth, and when people do things like this right here, it makes not only the business look bad, but it  makes the city look bad," says Adams.

But Griffin says it could have been much worse.

"They could get away with pulling other people over or robbing other convenient stores, there is a lot of serious risks when it comes to something like that," says Griffin.

Joyce was taken to the Dougherty County Jail where he is being held without bond.

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