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Albany businesses offer big cash to catch thieves

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Owners think smash and grab burglars who broke into two Albany businesses early Monday morning targeted them before.

Maryland Fried Chicken on North Slappey and Homerun Foods on Gillionville Road were burglarized a little after 3 a.m.

Surveillance video seems to show different crooks are responsible for the crimes, but both businesses have been hit before.

Both the Maryland Fried Chicken and Homerun Foods owners are getting tired of these break-ins, offering big cash rewards for the conviction of the crooks, and showing the video hoping someone will recognize those responsible.

Shown in surveillance video, at 3:19 a.m. a masked man shattered the drive through window at the Maryland Fried Chicken on North Slappey Boulevard with a rock. The man searches the office for money, but finds only ten dollars. Then he hops back through the window and runs.

On May 8th, someone broke into the same business and took nearly $500. That's why the owners think the same crook came back for more.

"We figure it's the same guy," says manager Rick Astran. "It's been the same location. Same way coming in, both times. We got pictures from both pictures and everything, from the cameras. Hopefully the police will be able to locate him."

Less than 10 minutes later two masked crooks smashed a rock through the front door of the Homerun Foods at Gillionville and Beattie Road. One burglar runs behind the counter and starts grabbing Newport Cigarettes. The other goes in the back after wine and grabs chips and candy on the way out.

The two were gone in less than 30 seconds.  Owners think it's the same two crooks who broke into the same store in June, back for more.  And this crime ends up costing their customers.

"It costs us money, then we have to roll it down to the customers," says Lanier Oil Security Manager Darran Richmond. Lanier Oil is offering a $1,000 reward for the conviction of these burglars.  It will cost them $275 to replace the door.

Maryland's will have to spend close to $400 to fix their drive through window, and their owners are offering a $500 reward for his conviction. They hope someone will recognize him, and give Police a tip to stop his break ins.

If you have any information about either burglary, call CRIMESTOPPERS at 436-TIPS.

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