Monday, May 20 2013 11:25 AM EDT2013-05-20 15:25:03 GMT
Two men, one black and one white, burst into the Petro Store at the intersection of Highway 200 and Highway 45 Sunday night, and attacked the clerk, stealing money. The victim told authorities that theMore >>
Two men, one black and one white, burst into the Petro Store at the intersection of Highway 200 and Highway 45 Sunday night, and attacked the clerk, stealing money.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 10:54 AM EDT2013-05-20 14:54:19 GMT
Information from the Georgia Lottery- ATLANTA – A Valdosta man has won a huge jackpot prize playing Fantasy 5. William Gilbert, 71, matched all five numbers from the May 16 Fantasy 5 drawing, winningMore >>
William Gilbert, 71, matched all five numbers from the May 16 Fantasy 5 drawing, winning the 484,201 jackpot prize. Barretts, 6685 Bemiss Road in Valdosta, sold the Quik Pik ticket.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 10:45 AM EDT2013-05-20 14:45:59 GMT
Thomasville Police Officers responded to Walmart in reference to a shoplifting Sunday night. Employees told police a man left the store with a shopping cart full of items without paying. The employeesMore >>
Thomasville Police Officers responded to Walmart in reference to a shoplifting Sunday night. Employees said the man pulled knife and began swing it at them. He then ran to a vehicle parked in the parking lot and attempted to leave however, but the car would not start, so he took off running.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 9:30 AM EDT2013-05-20 13:30:40 GMT
By PAMELA SAMPSON AP Business Writer BANGKOK (AP) - The price of oil fell Monday ahead of the release later this week of economic data from the U.S. and China, the world's two largest economies, andMore >>
The price of oil fell Monday ahead of the release later this week of economic data from the U.S. and China. Benchmark crude for June delivery was down 55 cents to $95.47 a barrel, but gas in East Albany was $3.42 this morning....More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 9:03 AM EDT2013-05-20 13:03:02 GMT
A Lowndes County man is behind bars after deputies uncovered nearly half a million dollars of marijuana. Deputies responded to a complaint at Jose Sanchez's house on Highway 129 North Friday. AuthoritiesMore >>
A Lowndes County man is behind bars after deputies uncovered nearly half a million dollars of marijuana.
Albany used car dealers say crime is up dramatically at their businesses.
Albany Police are investigating three thefts reported by car dealerships Tuesday.
Owners say the crimes are costly and frustrating because they can't find a way to stop criminals who continue to steal from them over and over again.
Thieves broke into cars at Lawson Auto Sales Monday night and stole radios and CD players. Several car dealers say that paying for crimes like that is increasing their cost of doing business.
Another car at Lawson's Auto Sales broken into, the cd player and radio ripped out of the dash. Vice President Donovan Broome said they did not report crimes like this until it became an almost nightly event.
Broome said "But for the past couple of months it's gotten really bad. So we started making reports. And what I hear from the officers it's been not just us, but it's been really bad all over town."
Blocks away on West Ogelthorpe, a thief broke out the front window at Green Light Auto Sales, stole the keys to a 2004 Ford Explorer, and smashed through the dealership's gate to get away with the SUV. Today, a truck is blocking the smashed gate. The Explorer is still missing.
Just two blocks away, One Source Auto reported a break in at their closed dealership. The manager did not want to go on camera, but he expressed frustration that nothing was ever done about repeated crime. Broome expressed the same feeling.
Broome said "If the car's locked they'll bust out the window to get it. So we've pretty much taken all the faces off the radios. Pretty much just leave the cars unlocked. I'd much rather replace a $100 cd player than replace a $200 window and a $100 cd player."
Broome said the dealership has security lights all around, surveillance cameras, and alarm systems, but the thieves keep coming. He is putting up more lights, but would rather not put up huge fences. Overnight security guards would cost too much, so he is running out of ideas how to stop the thieves.
Broome said "Other than me sitting on top of my building, in the middle of the night, waiting for somebody to come by. And it just might get to that."
Crime is a taxing problem for small businesses like these car dealerships, leaving them frustrated by thieves who continue to target them.
Now you can see Lawson is right here on North Slappey, and most of these car dealerships are on some of the busiest roads in Albany. The thieves have to be bold to be breaking into cars and buildings right here.
The dealers we talked with today hope that if you drive by and see anything suspicious, especially at night, you'll call 9-1-1.