ALBANY, GA (WALB) - When employees of Albany's DISH Network TV service arrived for work this morning, they found substantial damage to their vehicle fleet.
Officers of the Albany Police Department are on the scene at 1603 Krug Street, where eight cars were damaged, and someone attempted to set two on fire.
Economic Development Commission Board Member B. J. Fletcher said "It just sets us back. It's bad for the business. It's bad for the customers. It's bad for the community."
Big red Totes were pulled out of the Dish trucks, and dragged into nearby woods. Police and officials are still counting up what is missing. Experts say business crime causes price increases in most goods and services, even your insurance.
State Farm Insurance Broker Tim Thomas said "If crime is going up, and insurance companies are paying more for losses in that particular sector. Then you know it will eventually show up in everybody's premium."
Community leaders say people in Albany need to care about crime, and report it to fight back.
Fletcher said "When you see somebody and you want to turn a blind eye, don't. Because you are turning a blind eye on the community. Report it. It's your civic duty."
Economic development commission leaders say businesses seriously considering opening in a community are concerned by crime statistics, and might not come because of concerns. That means jobs and economic prosperity for the community lost.
Dish Network officials had no comment on their truck damages. If you have any information about these break ins and arsons, call CRIMESTOPPERS at 436-TIPS, and you could earn a reward.
Officers say it appears that the suspect or suspects also tried to break into the business. Investigators, Crime Scene Unit and AFD came to the scene.
If anyone has information, they should call the Albany Police Department at 229-431-3288 or Crime-Stoppers at 226-436-TIPS.