Robbing crew wreaks havoc on local stores

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By Patrick Yost

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Authorities suspect the same men are responsible for two convenience store burglaries, one of which netted the thieves more than $10,000 in lottery tickets.

According to Morgan County Sheriff’s Office reports, the Buckhead Chevron convenience store, Seven Islands Road, was entered at approximately 12:30 a.m. on Thursday, January 12.

Reports state that video surveillance show a blue, four door hatchback vehicle arrive at the side entrance of the store, turn around and come back to the rear entrance of the store. At 12:20 a.m.a figure is seen getting out of the vehicle and then a minute later all power is cut to the store.

The suspects entered the store and took two shelves of Newport cigarettes valued at $420 and a plastic display rack of Georgia Lottery scratch off tickets valued at $10,200. A cash register with an unknown amount of cash inside was damaged and entered and a Georgia Lottery scan machine valued at $5,000 was taken from the front counter.

Deputies arrived at the store at 12:36 a.m., reports state.

Two days later the same vehicle was captured on video surveillance in connection with an attempted burglary at the Golden Pond convenience store, Newborn Road, Rutledge.

According to reports, two suspects gained entry to the store by prying open the front door. They then entered the store and rummage around behind the clerk’s counter but did not appear to remove anything. The two suspects then re-entered the store, walked to the rear of the store where an ATM machine was, and then fled the store. The men then entered the same blue hatchback and left the area, driving south on Newborn Road.

According to Sgt. Frank Farr, Morgan County Sheriff’s Office, the suspects are also wanted in several similar burglaries in the metro Atlanta area.

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