Burglar steals $1,500 worth of phones from Albany store - WALB.com, South Georgia News, Weather, Sports

Burglar steals $1,500 worth of phones from Albany store

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - An Albany business owner, who thought he did everything right to protect his business from burglars, is out $1,500 in merchandise.

Well it's easy to understand why Salem Okasha thought his business was safe. He has bars on door, bars on his windows, but he left a tiny window above the door open.

A burglar knocked out the front window before climbing in and falling down on the other side. He smashed the display window and quickly grabbed a dozen smart phones off the top shelf.

"Then he took some of the phones on the bottom. Threw them in his bag and ran outside again," said store owner Salem Okasha.

There are bars on the windows and door, but Okasha didn't take his cousin's advice to bar up the top window.

"That's what makes me more frustrated is that someone told me to close it, but I didn't do it," said Okasha.

The burglar seemed to know exactly where he was going, smashing the glass, and then stuffing his bag. The man turned to run out, but turned around to get his crow bar before leaving.

"I mean he didn't even look around when he came in he didn't even look around. He went straight there, broke that glass, and went back out," said Okasha.

Okasha estimates that the man stole around $1,500 dollars in phones Monday night.

"He might need some money, and need to support himself, but that shouldn't make him go out and break other people's places and steal," said Okasha.

Okasha thought cameras, an alarm, and bars would prevent this from happening.

"I don't know what else we should put," said Okasha.

Less than 3 minutes after he got in, the burglar left through that same window. Okasha hopes putting bars over it will make his place 100% secure.

Copyright 2014 WALB. All rights reserved.

  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • Police respond to robbery by snatching at Albany package store

    Police respond to robbery by snatching at Albany package store

    Saturday, March 25 2017 11:32 PM EDT2017-03-26 03:32:15 GMT

    Albany Police have responded to a robbery by snatching at the National Package Store on Oakridge Drive. Dispatch has confirmed the call came in just before 8 p.m. Saturday, and the suspect fled the scene.

    More >>

    Albany Police have responded to a robbery by snatching at the National Package Store on Oakridge Drive. Dispatch has confirmed the call came in just before 8 p.m. Saturday, and the suspect fled the scene.

    More >>
  • "The Voice" contestant J Chosen helps community at Albany Strong Fun Fest

    "The Voice" contestant J Chosen helps community at Albany Strong Fun Fest

    Saturday, March 25 2017 10:32 PM EDT2017-03-26 02:32:57 GMT
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)

    The focus Saturday was on taking a break from storm cleanup and recovery, and to have a little bit of fun at the Albany Strong Fun Fest. The festival happened all day, with bands hitting the stage from 12:30 to 7 p.m.

    More >>

    The focus Saturday was on taking a break from storm cleanup and recovery, and to have a little bit of fun at the Albany Strong Fun Fest. The festival happened all day, with bands hitting the stage from 12:30 to 7 p.m.

    More >>
  • Former America's Got Talent finalist visits Albany for "Seniors on the Runway"

    Former America's Got Talent finalist visits Albany for "Seniors on the Runway"

    Saturday, March 25 2017 9:46 PM EDT2017-03-26 01:46:19 GMT
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)

    A big voice with roots in South Georgia visited Albany this weekend. Quintavious Johnson placed fifth on America's Got Talent back in 2014. He has family who lives here in Albany.

    More >>

    A big voice with roots in South Georgia visited Albany this weekend. Quintavious Johnson placed fifth on America's Got Talent back in 2014. He has family who lives here in Albany.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly