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Witnesses help Valdosta Police catch burglary suspect

Aaron Kirk Aaron Kirk
VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - 57 year-old Sidney Allen Smith, of Florida, is behind bars in Lowndes County after burglarizing an abandoned Valdosta gas station, but he didn't get far thanks to help from witnesses.

Police were called to the Citgo Quick Mark at 1302 North St. Augustine Road at 10:22 p.m. Tuesday. Witnesses told officers that an older white man had shattered the front door and entered the business. Officers checked the business and found that several drawers and cabinets appeared to have been gone through.

Based on witness descriptions of the man and his direction of travel, K-9 unit from the Lowndes County Sheriff's Office tracked the man to a wooded area behind the business and arrest Smith.

"That's what we want citizens to do," said Valdosta Police Department Lieutenant Aaron Kirk. "Anytime they see somethin' like this to come forward and give us that information. Without these citizens comin' forward, we would've just found a business broken into and not found any suspects or leads."

Smith will be brought before a judge in Lowndes County magistrate court Wednesday afternoon where official charges will be filed. WALB has reached out to the owner of the business, but he has not returned our call.

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