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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Burglar bars and a barbed wire fence weren't enough to protect an Albany business from burglars.

The crooks got in through the roof and stole specialized tools.

Now the owners are offering a reward and working to stay one step ahead of the crooks.

Yesterday, Albany General Tire Service Owners discovered their business had been burglarized over the weekend. They say the crook or crooks must have been part "Batman",coming in and escaping through their roof, almost 30 feet off the ground.

This is the skylight that the burglar or burglars broke through at Albany General Tire Service on West Broad Avenue sometime over the weekend. The crook had to drop down almost 30 feet into the locked repair bay, and then to get out he had to use a ladder, balancing on top of those truck tires.

 Albany General Tire Service Owner Millie Page said "Don't know how they managed to know we had the ladder, in there as a route escape. But it doesn't leave a good taste in your mouth."

The burglar stole compressor air gun wrenches like this and special sockets used to install truck tires. They are still not sure how many are missing, but it's more than one thousand dollars worth. They think the crook knew the tire business and the value of those tools.

Page said "They could be taking it to Florida. They could be taking it, they may already have somebody lined up to sell it to. I don't know. I'm not going to spend my time worrying about that. I'm going to find a way to make my place safe and continue on."

Albany General is a 60 year old, third generation family owned business. They have bars over windows and barbed wire on top of fences, but the crooks spotted a weakness in the roof.

 Page said "You just have to be smarter. You have to just be a little bit more prepared. And find a way to close all the doors and lock them safe behind you, I guess."

Now the Albany General Tire owners are offering a 100 dollar reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of this burglar. They say it's part of running a business, and trying to stay one step ahead of the crooks, always looking for ways to loot them.

The owners say most likely they will have to eat the cost of replacing the stolen tools, and then pay for increasing their security. Of course that means fixing their roof so it can't be broken through again.

Albany General Tire Service is offering a $100 reward for information on this burglary.

You can report anonymously to CRIMESTOPPERS at 436-TIPS.

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