Valdosta burglary suspect: People drugged me to do it

Valdosta burglary suspect: People drugged me to do it

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - Around 4:30 Sunday morning, a man called Lowndes County Emergency 911, saying he had a bad cut to his arm.

When Valdosta Police officers and paramedics arrived on scene, Larry Thomas, 43, told them that he cut his arm on a piece of glass while he was breaking into a business.

Officers went to the Heavenly Car Wash on North Ashley Street and saw a shattered window and a blood trail inside and outside the business.

Thomas told officers that three people he did not know made him consume illegal narcotics. He said while he was under the influence, the people gave him a brick and told him to break into the car wash to steal property.

Officers saw the surveillance footage, which showed a man shattering the glass window, cutting himself, then entering the business where he began stealing items. The tape showed that it was Thomas.

"The Valdosta Police Department thanks the business owner in this case for assisting the investigating officers in this incident. VPD encourages business owners to invest in surveillance systems and alarms to protect their assets from theft as it is recognized that law enforcement officers cannot be everywhere at once," said VPD Lieutenant Adam Bembry.

Thomas was taken to the hospital for treatment to his arm, and then to the Lowndes Co. Jail, where he faces a charge of felony burglary.

Police said that there is no evidence that supports Thomas's claim that he was made to consume narcotics, or burglarize the business.

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