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Suspected burglar crashes, runs off

The old police cruiser crashed and the driver ran The old police cruiser crashed and the driver ran
DOUGHERTY CO., GA (WALB) -  A sharp eyed Investigator with the Dougherty County District Attorney's office is credited with stopping an early morning attempted burglary of a grocery store.  

Investigator Eric Miller with the D.A.'s office was driving by Abbott's Food Center about 4:45 Monday morning, when he saw something out of the ordinary, and stopped another apparent business burglary.Abbott's Food Center has made many steady customers and friends in the decades they have been open on Old Pretoria Road. One of them, Investigator Eric Miller, saw a dumbell like this sitting by the front corner of Abbott's Food Center while driving by, and stopped to check it out.

Abbott's Co-Owner Phillip Abbott said "And saw some footprints in the grass, which was still wet. And he made his way around back here."

In the rear someone had stood a pallet on the wall, and was using it and a trash can to stand on, trying to break into the store through their air conditioner system.  Police say Miller heard a car crank and drive away, and followed it, while calling Dougherty County Police.

Officers tried to stop this former police car on Oakridge, when the driver sped off.

 Dougherty County Police Lt. Chad Kirkpatrick said "Got on Habersham, and went down a little ways where he wrecked.  Subject fled into the woods, and has not been arrested."

This is the car the suspect left behind.  Dougherty County Police say there were two other recent store burglaries, but they don't know if the cases are related.  Abbott's owners say they appreciate their neighbors helping keep watch over their business.

Abbott said "I certainly owe Eric a breakfast or two, here and there. He's very much appreciated."

The suspect never got into the store, and nothing was taken.

     If you have any information about that crashed car or the store attempted the Dougherty County Police at 430-6600 or 

CRIMESTOPPERS at 436-TIPS. You could earn a reward.

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