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"We are hoping that someone can identify this person by his build, by his ways, by his clothes," said Dougherty County School Police Assistant Chief J.C. Phillips. "We are hoping that someone can identify this person by his build, by his ways, by his clothes," said Dougherty County School Police Assistant Chief J.C. Phillips.
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Dougherty County School System police are investigating a couple of burglaries and an armed robbery. The crimes happened on school property, and were all caught on surveillance video.

Dougherty County has 30 school properties in the county, and all have surveillance camera equipment.

Footage from cameras show a masked man, creeping up behind Radium Middle School. On October 27th around 11:30 p.m. the man used a tool to force open the girl's locker room door, and burglarize the school.

Inside you can see him more clearly. Wearing a camouflage jacket, jeans, and that mask and gloves in the footage, he is shown trying to steal a 60 inch TV, but couldn't succeed. He did steal some sound equipment.

"We are hoping that someone can identify this person by his build, by his ways, by his clothes," said Dougherty County School Police Assistant Chief J.C. Phillips. "Give us some help with that."

Then three days later, on October 30th, officials say it was the same masked man, in the same clothes back inside Radium Middle School. This time he helped himself to the lost clothes pile.

"He is thin in stature. said Phillips. "He's a thin man. Somewhat tall. White male. Of course with the mask we have no idea how old he is."

In another investigation centers around a Chrysler Pacifica with four people inside. On October 14th around 9 p.m., it pulls up in front of the school. The driver gets out with a gun and approaches two people standing by the school.

Investigators say the gunman demanded everything from the victims, who were waiting on a ride. They took a cell phone and left.

"I really am confident that when the right person sees this video, they will recognize who it is," said Phillips. "We're just hoping they'll do the right thing."

Investigators are not naming the victims because of threats against them already, but School Police want help to get this gunman off the street. They also want this repeat burglar, who targeted Radium Middle School again and again.

Dougherty County School Police also want to send a message that surveillance equipment is in place on all school properties, and it will be used to prosecute people who commit crimes there.

If you can identify the burglary suspect or the armed robber, call School Police at 431-1812.