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Multiple break-ins frustrate business owner

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - A convenience store is repairing damage caused by thieves for a third time in the past three months.

The fence at The Yellow Store is badly bent where the thief or thieves jumped over on their way out. The owner has repaired the back panel that was pulled off, but these crimes are causing frustration.

Roderick Gray surveys damage crooks caused his business last night--ripping off the back of his building before kicking through the sheet rock and bathroom door to get into the store.

"They just came in, grabbed what they could and run back out the way they came in," said Gray.

It's the third break in he's had and the second this week. Gray said the crimes are taking their toll.

"Those midnight calls in the middle of the night of somebody breaking in. you've gotta get up; you've got to go babysit the store. You got to try to find out what they're taking. Like I said, the more you try to come up, the more they try to put you behind," said Gray.

The thief got away with two cases of beer and cigarettes, most of which was dropped just a few feet outside the store.

"They just doing way more damage than they're getting rewarded," said Gray.

Gray said this damage has a negative impact on his prices--forcing him to increase them to pay for the damage caused by the break-ins.

"Now you going to have to raise your prices which is going to make the neighborhood--don't like that but you know you've got to do what you've got to do if you're going to stay in business," said Gray.

Even with these crimes and frustration, Gray said he's not closing down.

"I'm doing what I can to stay here. I'm not going to let them run me away though," said Gray.

Mr. Gray plans to secure the back of his building right away. If you have any information on these break-ins call the Albany Police Department.

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