ALBANY, GA (WALB) - When Gary Applewhite and his girlfriend heard the dog barking in the 2700 block of Doublegate Drive around 5:30 Wednesday morning, he got his gun, and went outside to investigate.
He saw a masked man in one of their cars in the garage, he said he shot at the man four times with his weapon, because he feared for his safety. Nothing indicates that any of the bullets hit him.
The would-be burglar got into the garage through an unlocked door, and the car he was in was unlocked.
"Garage doors need to be closed at night. Car doors, even though they are inside the garage, make sure they are locked at night. Do everything that you can do to help slow that would be burglar or criminal down," said APD Corporal Brian Covington.
District Attorney Greg Edwards said the attached garage is considered part of the home and Applewhite was justified in shooting if he were in fear when he confronted the burglar.
It appears that a check book was taken from one vehicle, and APD collected a soda can, CD's, photos, and shell casings as evidence.
Albany Police warn residents to be on the lookout for a burglar in the area.
There is no suspect in custody.