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MEIGS, GA -

They're accused of pedaling from Pelham to Meigs and breaking into a store.  Two men now known as the bicycle bandits pulled up to a convenience store in Meigs just after 2:00 a.m. Sunday.

Police say Daryl Knight Jr. and William Odell spent about 12 minutes searching for cameras, then used a stick to try to reposition the cameras, so that their faces wouldn't be visible.

While the burglars did destroy the cameras, Police Chief Gary Price obtained enough information to begin his search.

"They had no idea that from the very beginning they were on camera," said Price. "He has multiple tattoos, the hair line was very very distinctive, and that tattoo on his chest just really stood out to me."

Chief Price figured tracking down one of the burglars would lead him to the other, so he hit the streets talking to neighbors and following leads that led him to Pelham. "It started at 6 a.m. on Monday and it ended for me at 2 a.m. on Tuesday night."

Officers from Meigs, Pelham, and Thomas County joined the investigation, searching for the burglars who caused thousands of dollars' worth of damage to the store.

They didn't even get away with anything because as soon as the alarm sounded, they hopped on their bikes and skipped town. Odell and Wright are charged with burglary. Price is happy he tracked them down.

"It was my job to find out who did it and I wasn't going to stop until I got one or two of the suspects."

The new chief said he hopes this serves as a warning to others looking to commit crimes.

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