De'Eric Tyshun Adams (Source: Dougherty County Jail)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -
Young thieves have targeted an Albany business more than a dozen times in recent months.
They're breaking in to steal drinks from Buffalo Rock Pepsi.
Stealing soda bottles may not seem like a major crime, but many Albany businesses have been hurt by burglaries and thefts, and the Dougherty County Sheriff wants to stop it.
Three 17 year-olds and a 14 year-old are accused of stealing out of date soda bottles that were to be recycled.
After more than a dozen break ins, A Dougherty County Sheriff's deputy on security detail Saturday night about midnight caught the teens red handed. They're charged with criminal trespass and theft.
"The real threat is they come in here and they kick out windows and bust in doors like they did in the past, said Buffalo Rock Franchise Sales Manager Keith Dedge. "And it's just not the place for a young person to be in the middle of the night."
Now Sheriff's Investigators are asking you to look at surveillance photos of other people who have been breaking into the facility and stealing. Investigators think word of the free drinks for the taking made the business a target.
Dougherty County Sheriff's Office Captain Craig Dodd said "Someone got in there and came out, told the other kids. And it went through the neighborhood."
But it's not just a harmless prank. The thieves have caused thousands of dollars in damage to windows and doors and fences. That's why they are asking you to help identify these teens.
"This might prevent them from one day actually going into a felony situation and stealing an automobile, or burglarizing someone's home," said Dougherty County Sheriff's Kevin Sproul.
So Buffalo Rock and the Sheriff's Office are asking for your help identifying these kids, so they can stop these break-ins. And teach the kids a message.
Dedge said "We're definitely going to prosecute these kids. And like I said maybe we'll turn some over to Mom and Dad. And maybe Mom and Dad will put a belt on them too."
Buffalo Rock officials say they have spent close to $5,000 improving security at the plant so far, just to keep people from stealing out-of-date drinks.
If you can identify any of the teens in surveillance photos, or have any information about these break-ins at Buffalo Rock, call CrimeSTOPPERS at 436-TIPS, or the Dougherty County Sheriff's Office at 431-3222.