Crooks break into business twice in one week

Crooks break into business twice in one week
AATCO Transmission Owner Don Dellinger
AATCO Transmission Owner Don Dellinger

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - An Albany business owner is asking for the community's help identifying two crooks that broke into his business twice this week.

AATCO Transmission owner Don Dellinger said it's funny what they stole, but the continuing crime problem he faces is no laughing matter.

Two young men were caught on surveillance video breaking into the AATCO Transmission on West Broad Avenue about 3:40 Tuesday morning.

AATCO Transmission Owner Don Dellinger said "One of them spotted the camera. And he pointed it out to his buddy, and they came back and that's when they made their exit over the top of the fence."

Two nights later it appears the same two came back.

This time they took a lawn mower they had apparently spotted on their first visit, carrying it over the barb wire fence to steal it.

Dellinger laughed at what they went to so much trouble for.

He said "They did me a favor. It was a junk mower. Busted engine on it."

But Dellinger said the continuing break-ins of his business is not funny.

Crime is a huge concern.

Dellinger said "It's always on your mind.    Somebody is always going to come in and get what's not theirs.  Cost us money."

Dellinger has spent more than $1,000 on surveillance cameras, and is putting in more as he increases security because of repeated crimes.

He said "It bothers me a lot. Lose sleep over it. Watching cameras, making drive bys.  When my wife and I go out to eat evenings, I drive by here before I go home."

Dellinger has put this video up on social media, hoping someone knows who these crooks are.

He wants to stop these frequent burglaries in his business.

If you have any information about these crooks, call CRIMESTOPPERS at 436-TIPS, and you could earn a reward.

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