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Guns stolen in two Dougherty County burglaries this week

DOUGHERTY CO., GA (WALB) -

Stolen guns are on the streets after thieves targeted weapons in two home burglaries in the last 48-hours in Dougherty County.

Police are urging you to safeguard your guns.

Dougherty County Police want you to take extra precautions to make sure your guns don't fall into the hands of criminals.

Hoping to prevent thefts like these, Dougherty County police are planning a crime prevention workshop to give tips on how to keep crooks from targeting you.

Monday afternoon Eugene James returned home and found his barn and shed behind his Nichols Street home broken into. A thief went through the window, and stole tools, power equipment, and a 12 gauge shotgun.

Early this morning Mark Bartlett reported someone entered his Elliott Drive home and stole a 32 caliber pistol from beside his bed. Dougherty County police say burglaries like this are happening too often, not only in South Georgia, but across the country.

Dougherty County Police Lt. Chad Kirkpatrick said "Property crimes are sky high right now."

The guns being targeted in these two thefts in the last 48 hours give extra concern to those crimes.

Kirkpatrick said "Most of the time when guns are stolen, of course, they are in the wrong hands. And of course they are out on the streets. So that's something everyone needs to be aware of."

Police say thieves are also entering cars in the county, looking for guns. Cops are asking South Georgians to keep their guns protected, so thieves can't take them.

Kirkpatrick said "My suggestion is, for one, don't keep them in your vehicle. If you are, at least lock the doors. But if you can keep them in the house, in a safe. That's the best place to keep them."

Dougherty County Police will host a crime prevention workshop March 15th starting at 1 o'clock at the Government Center in downtown Albany, giving tips on how to protect yourself and your property from crooks. Police says it's information that could help fight crime on your streets.

If you have any information about these two burglaries this week, or those guns stolen, call Dougherty County Police at 430-6600, or CRIMESTOPPERS at 436-TIPS. You could earn a reward.

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