APD investigating several weekend store burglaries

Suspect also linked to Lee Co. incident

APD investigating several weekend store burglaries
Albany Police Department (Source: WALB)

ALBANY, Ga. (WALB) - The Albany Police Department (APD) is investigating several burglaries that happened over the past weekend. The suspect is also linked to a Lee County incident.

APD posted a photo of the suspect to its Facebook page on Monday.

Updated photo of the smash and grab suspect. He hit five businesses in Albany and one in Lee County. Call...

Posted by Albany Ga Police Department on Monday, April 12, 2021

Albany incidents

Saturday incident:

The first happened on Saturday at a Dollar General in the 2000 block of N Slappey Boulevard.

An employee told police when they got to work shortly before 6 a.m., they saw a man hiding outside of the door to the store. The man then ran down the sidewalk. When police arrived, they noticed the front glass of the door was shattered. The man that ran was caught on surveillance video entering the business and stealing several packs of cigarettes, according to APD.

Sunday incidents:

Three burglaries happened on Sunday, according to APD.

The first happened at American Eagle Convenience Store on Ledo Road shortly before 1:30 a.m. Someone delivering a newspaper called police because the front glass to the store was shattered. An employee showed police surveillance footage, which showed two men breaking through the glass by throwing something through it. The men took several items, including cigarettes, T-shirts and earrings, according to APD.

The second happened at Gia Food Mart on N Slappey Boulevard. Police said a man was caught on surveillance throwing a rock through the glass entrance door. The man went inside and stole several single packs of cigarettes.

The third happened at Pace AM/PM Foods in the 400 block of Slappey Boulevard.

Police said a rock was used to shatter the front door to the business and a man took cash and left over $2,000 worth of damages.

Monday incident:

On Monday, police responded to County Line Food Mart on Philema Road because an alarm was going off at the business.

Police found that the front glass door was shattered. Surveillance video showed a man breaking the glass by throwing a rock through it. The man went inside and took several items, including cash, two cartons of Newport cigarettes and 42 individual packages of Newport cigarettes.

Lee Co. incident

The Lee County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a weekend smash and grab.

A man walked up to the front of the Citgo Gas Station lunged back, and then threw an object through the front of the glass door, completely shattered it and crawled under it to grab several items from behind the counter.

“Just the audacity of somebody that is breaking into a business that doesn’t belong to them,” Chris Allen, a Lee County Sheriff’s Office investigator, said.

Allen said he doesn’t understand why people continue to commit these types of crimes.

“The business owner and the employees have to deal with the headache of their business being violated by a criminal,” Allen said.

Mary Eglar has worked at Citgo as a store clerk for a little over two years. Egler said she was a little shocked but not surprised by what happened.

“I mean, who would expect a break in over here at a convenience store,” Egler said. “But I guess it doesn’t matter where you’re at, it happens.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Albany Crime Stoppers at (229) 436-TIPS or the Albany Police Department at (229) 431-2100.

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