ALBANY, GA (WALB) - An Albany business owner says his business was virtually shut down Monday because of crime, and says it could take weeks to get working back to normal after crooks stole all the computer equipment from his business.
Owner Dick Erickson's Forklift Services said this is the fifth time his building on North Washington Street has been broken into and he says each time they learn something new dealing with the crime.
The crooks cut the fence at Erickson's Forklifts sometime early Monday. They tried to break into the building at three different spots, before peeling back the metal and making a small hole in this corner.
"We learn a little bit every time something like this happens. But you're not going to keep them out," Erickson said.
Erickson said the alarm system did not go off, but they found all their computer equipment used to run the business stolen. Monitors, computer towers, keyboards, modems, wires; everything gone.
"It shut us down. It shut us down all day yesterday. We're struggling now. We'll probably struggle the next couple of weeks, because all of our information was on them," Erickson said.
Erickson said it has cost him thousands to bring in new computers and systems and get them online again. This crime taught a new lesson.
"Something I think any business owner needs to do is probably record the serial numbers and the model numbers. Because with just the description of what we gave, it's going to be hard. You know, black terminal. Black computer tower. It's not going to give them much to go on."
Erickson's business has been in that same location for about 30 years, and is too big to move. So he will increase security again, make sure his alarm system is working correctly, and learn tough lessons from this burglary. Erickson said he will buy laptop computers to rebuild his system, and then take them home each night to make sure they don't get stolen.