MITCHELL CO., GA (WALB) - The Mitchell county sheriffs office doesn't see commercial burglaries very often, but Tuesday they are asking the community's help.
Investigators in Mitchell County says they've had some residential break ins recently, but they haven't seen any commercial ones like this one.
The owner is so upset about it, he's offering a cash reward for whoever can lead investigators to the thief.
"I think this type of thing is uncalled for and he needs to be off the streets," said Daniel Gary.
Gary has owned Gary's palm park convenience store since he first moved to the south five years ago.
"We've never had any problems," said Gary.
Located on Ledbetter road just outlying a small neighborhood, Gary didn't think a break in would happen in his store.
"You don't really expect something like this and when you come in and you see it, it's really devastating to you," said Gary. "It leaves you uncomfortable."
Gary caught the suspect on his surveillance cameras.
The thief broke in through the outside, then went in and stole Gary's newest order of cigarette lighters and cigars.
"Then he came and he bust this cabinet here. It doesn't lock anymore," said Gary.
The theft broke into the store around 1 a.m. When Gary got to the store at 8 a.m., he immediately called the Mitchell County Sheriff's office.
Investigator Robert Rumble has been working with Gary to find the suspect. He's also given Gary tips to help him avoid another break in in the future.
He said it's important to have an alarm system so you can be notified right away.
He also said cameras that are working properly are a must.
And lighting is crucial. It can help expose someone if cameras catch them.
With commercial and residential break ins he said call law enforcement right away. Rumble says people often shy away from calling.
"It's nosy neighbors that help us solve crimes," said Rumble. "We want you to report things that are suspicious or just don't seem right."
If you have any information you are urged to contact the Mitchell County Sheriffs office at (229) 336-2032.