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Multiple businesses vandalized in Blakely

Businesses in Blakely were vandalized and broken into over the weekend. (Source: WALB) Businesses in Blakely were vandalized and broken into over the weekend. (Source: WALB)
The Early County Sheriff's Department is looking for the suspects. (Source: WALB) The Early County Sheriff's Department is looking for the suspects. (Source: WALB)
Sheriff William Price says they have some leads. (Source: WALB) Sheriff William Price says they have some leads. (Source: WALB)
Jennifer Hernandez is a waitress at the Loredo Grill. (Source: WALB) Jennifer Hernandez is a waitress at the Loredo Grill. (Source: WALB)
Village Pizza has been shut down. Owners opened the doors for First Thursday. (Source: WALB) Village Pizza has been shut down. Owners opened the doors for First Thursday. (Source: WALB)
BLAKELY, GA (WALB) -

The Early County Sheriff's Office is looking for the people who caused havoc for several businesses in Blakely.

"Just stealing something like 15 dollars worth of change and trying to steal a bubble gum machine," said waitress at the Loredo Grill Jennifer Hernandez. "It's just sad."

It's rare to see, but the chairs are up and the closed sign was on Village Pizza all week.

The Early County sheriffs office said someone shut down the power at the restaurant and other businesses Sunday afternoon. 

"I'm thinking they shut it all down from the outside breakers," said Sheriff William Price. 

"So we lost all cold items, everything in the freezers, everything in the coolers," said Village Pizza owner Julie Brooks. 

It is costing the restaurant more than two thousand dollars because so much food went to waste. 

The Sheriff believes the same people broke into the back door of the Laredo Grill. 

"You know nobody knew because on Sunday nobody is out," said Hernandez.

The crooks tried to get away with some beer but ended up leaving it outside.

"Obviously they got spooked," said Price. 

Hernandez said the cook was going in to check on something when he saw someone.

"He saw somebody run out through the back. he saw some shadows but he really didn't think anything about it he just thought it was someone else," said Hernandez.

They got away with the quarters in this collectors piece, less than $30 in cash left in the register and a set of keys.

"We had new locks put on and we have installed new security and soon we will have cameras put in," said Hernandez.

The Sheriffs Office is still working to figure out who is responsible.

"We do have a couple of people of interest in mind so we have some good leads," said Price. 

For now people say they still cannot believe what happened.

Business owners hope whoever did it is caught. 

"Blakely is pretty calm you know and we don't do anything to anybody for anyone to do that to us," said Hernandez. 

Village Bistro was able to open its doors Thursday night for "First Thursday."

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