Owner not scared after Douglas businesses targeted for theft

Owner not scared after Douglas businesses targeted for theft
Thomas Flowers is located on South Peterson Avenue. (Source: WALB)

DOUGLAS, GA (WALB) - Douglas police say crooks see businesses as easy targets.

Even with video surveillance, police said they need the help of the citizens to bring these criminals to justice.

People who work at businesses along Peterson Avenue, like anywhere else, said robberies and burglaries happen to some places more than others.

"We're confident it's the same individual, that's repeatedly coming back," said Sergeant Robert Sprinkle with the Criminal Investigations Unit.

On May 2, the cameras at Thomas Flowers on Peterson Avenue caught a man breaking into a fence and stealing ferns.

"He thought it was an easy, easy target," said Sprinkle.

Sprinkle said that is a trend they have seen since April.

"We've increased patrol in that area, which is our normal practice," explained Sprinkle.

Sprinkle said they have a few persons of interest in the case, but nothing definite.

"Our efforts now are to just get him identified," said Sprinkle.

Thomas Flowers told police this is not the first time he has targeted the store.

Christie Lott, the owner of Town Square Antique Mall and Collectibles on the same street said that in her 23 years, they've had two thefts.

Lott said she has a message for people who think they can prey on area businesses.

"I just think they probably believe that we're not secure," said Lott.

She's made a few changes since then.

"More lighting, more not easily accessible pickup things," Lott explained.

But Lott said she has no fear.

"I just think they probably believe we are not secure with our security systems and our easy access, but now we are," said Lott.

The case of the man who stole the fern is still under investigation and police are asking for your help.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Douglas Police Department at (912) 384-2222 or the tip line at (912) 260-3600.

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