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Lee Co. officials want community's help identifying suspected burglars

Lee County investigators are searching for two suspected burglars and are hoping you can help identify them. (Source: Lee County Sheriff's Office) Lee County investigators are searching for two suspected burglars and are hoping you can help identify them. (Source: Lee County Sheriff's Office)
Officials said that they forced open the front door and stole two guns, a shotgun and a rifle. (Source: WALB) Officials said that they forced open the front door and stole two guns, a shotgun and a rifle. (Source: WALB)
Neighbors saw a green van at the house, and deputies were notified. (Source: WALB) Neighbors saw a green van at the house, and deputies were notified. (Source: WALB)
Lee County Sheriff's Office Investigator Josh Davis (Source: WALB) Lee County Sheriff's Office Investigator Josh Davis (Source: WALB)
LEE CO., GA (WALB) -

Lee County Sheriff's investigators want the public's help identifying two suspected burglars.

Officials said that they are seeing an increase in thefts and crimes this holiday season.

Investigators are urging people to guard their homes and cars, because crooks are busy, and many of them are after guns.

Surveillance video from an Amelia Lane home Sunday afternoon at 12:30, shows two men peering through the front door windows.  

Lee County investigators said that they forced open the front door and stole two guns, a shotgun and a rifle.

The owners, out of the state, watched on their phone.

"They were notified on their security system and gave out an alert. The alert showed suspects in their house, so they called the sheriff's office," explained Lee County Sheriff's Office Investigator Josh Davis.

Neighbors saw a green van at the house, and deputies were notified.

Early the next morning deputies stopped the van on Ledo Road, but the two men inside ran.  

Inside the van deputies recovered two weapons, one was the stolen rifle from the burglary.

Now investigators are asking for the community's help identifying the two suspects.

"They may be linked to other crimes in the area," said Davis.

Investigators said burglaries in Lee County are steady, but they are seeing a big increase in delivery packages stolen off porches and cars being broken into.

They recommend homeowners increase security to protect their property.

"There was several things also that can also help out. Like in this instance there was a security system that was involved," explained Davis. "There were cameras, that can help possibly identify when there are crimes."

Anyone with information about the two men or the burglary is urged to call CrimeSTOPPERS at (229) 436-TIPS, and you could earn a reward.

Lee County Sheriff's officials also urge neighbors to work together to help stop crime on their street.  

If you have a package delivered to your home, investigators said that you should have a neighbor pick it up or have it delivered to your work place.  

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