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Broad Avenue businesses frustrated by burglaries

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Mr. Transmission General Manager Dennis Gilbert spent his morning taping plastic to the front door Mr. Transmission General Manager Dennis Gilbert spent his morning taping plastic to the front door
Someone used a brick to break the glass door, and ransacked Mr. Transmission Someone used a brick to break the glass door, and ransacked Mr. Transmission
The burglar broke into the Little Red Doghouse through the drive-thru window The burglar broke into the Little Red Doghouse through the drive-thru window
ALBANY, GA - (WALB) -

Police have responded to West Broad Friday morning in connection to a string of burglaries of Albany businesses.

The owner of the Little Red Dog House tells WALB that at least four businesses were hit overnight. He says it's unclear what time it happened, but that the burglar broke into the building  through the drive-thru window.

At least $150 was stolen from his business. 

The Nativity Place, Chicken in a Box, and  Mr. Transmission are among the businesses broken into. APD says that someone used a brick to break the glass door and ransacked Mr. Transmission, and a gun and money was taken from Chicken in a Box.

Mr. Transmission General Manager Dennis Gilbert spent his morning taping plastic to the front door of Mr. Transmission after it was smashed through by a burglar.  "They wound up with $10 worth of change," Gilbert said. And they left behind a big mess.

"I came here this morning and the front door had been busted out, they ransacked the business, trashed it the worst it's ever been trashed," said Gilbert.

Mr. Transmission was one of at least four broken into. This window was smashed in next door at The Nativity Place. Though it looks like no one went inside.

Just up the street, the burglar used a cement block to break through the drive-thru of the Little Red Dog House. They also pulled the ply wood off the drive-thru of the neighboring Chicken in a Box restaurant to get in.

All together the crook got away with at least $150 in change and a gun. "I don't understand why they've got to keep vandalizing us when there's really no money to be had here."

Gilbert's has worked at Mr. Transmission for 23 years and he says vandalism and burglaries are something he's seen before. But he says something he'll never understand is why criminals choose small businesses to hurt.

"It's frustrating trying to run a small business and have someone vandalize the business when they're targeting the small business that actually help the homeless."

Gilbert says now he'll be looking for new ways to protect the shop, like a web cam or alarm.

As for the Albany police, they'll be looking into surveillance video around the businesses to find any clues.

While they apparently were spared this recent crime, nearby AATCO Transmissions on West Broad Avenue installed surveillance cameras several months ago. Owner Don Dellinger remotely checks the surveillance cameras at his business.

 

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