APD arrests two at burglary site

Photo by Laura Williams

Photo by Laura Williams

ALBANY -- A triggered alarm brought police down on two teenagers hiding near a convenience store about 4 a.m. Thursday, an Albany Police Department report stated.

When police responded to an alarm at the Milan Food Market, they found no damage. What they did find was a 14-year-old boy and 19-year-old Jason Luke hiding behind the convenience store, Phyllis Banks, police spokeswoman, said.

"When they arrived, police searched the outside of the business for damage and any suspects," Banks said. "(Police) observed two individuals hiding behind the business. Police gave verbal commands to lie down on the ground and the two suspects complied."

The juvenile was taken to the Regional Youth Detention Center and Luke was booked into the Dougherty County jail.

Luke and the juvenile face burglary, criminal attempt and possession of tools to commit a crime charges, Banks said.

No bail was set for Luke, a jail spokeswoman said. He also faces loitering and prowling charges, she added.

The convenience store manager was busy ringing up sales about 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

"We had no damage," said Dauric Patel, Milan Food Market manager. "We are open for business as usual."

The case remains under investigation as officers work to determine if the duo took part in a burglary on the 2400 block of Brierwood Drive on Wednesday, Banks said.

Anyone with additional information should call Crime Stoppers at (229) 436-TIPS (8477) or (229) 431-3288.