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DOUGHERTY COUNTY, GA -

Many South Georgia store owners and managers say shoplifting is a major crime issue that ends up costing you.

Some store owners tell us thieves target them daily and even threaten their businesses.

Dougherty County Police issued an arrest warrant for a Dublin man they call "a professional shoplifter", after he was caught on surveillance video stealing from a Dollar General in Dougherty County.

Dollar General corporate officials would not let their employees talk to us on camera, but we're told they're frustrated by shoplifters. Last week one employee caught a shoplifter, and made him return what he was stealing.

Take a look at this man  shopping in the Dollar General on Westover Road about 4:30 Sunday. Police say he turns his back to the camera, stuffing items down his pants.

Dougherty County Police Sergeant Chad Kirkpatrick said "When he took items off the shelf he was actually wearing women's pantyhose and he would stuff them down in front of the panty hose to hide and hold the items secure."

At one point as he walks around the store you can see him shifting the stolen items in his pants.

Investigators say that is 49 year old Curtis Brazier of Dublin, who they term a professional shoplifter.

Kirkpatrick said "He's had several convictions for shoplifting and theft by taking."

But after Brazier left the store, the manager followed him into the parking lot and talked him into returning inside the store and emptying some of his stolen loot. One jar of Dove deodorant and two packs of playing cards worth $15. But store managers tell us shoplifting is something they have to fight daily.

Place on the Pointe Manager Honey Bolton said "It's a shame that we have to, but we'll do whatever we can do just to stay in business."

That means surveillance cameras, and locked cabinets with more expensive items. Store managers say you pay for the thefts, because they have to raise prices to cover the cost of the stolen goods.

 Bolton said "So it does, it trickles down. It ends up hurting everyone. When you steal from a store you end up stealing from our community as well."

Police say shoplifters come in all ages, genders, and socio economic backgrounds. Store managers tell us shoplifting is a daily threat they have to guard against.

Store owners say shoplifters are not always after expensive items. This shoplifter caught taking deodorant and playing cards. The store owners say they are prosecuting all the people they catch shoplifting, to try to fight back as much as possible.

Police issued arrest warrants for 49 year-old Curtis Brazier, and they are asking for your help to find him. He was driving a 1995 gray Honda Accord  with a Georgia Tag # BCK7716. If you have any information on him, call CRIMESTOPPERS at 436-TIPS. You could earn a reward.

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