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Strategic placement of APD units pays off

ALBANY, Ga. -- Two burglars were caught in the act in the pre-dawn hours of Tuesday by Albany Police Department officers employing a strategy of placing officers where the crimes tend to occur, a police official said.

Police thwarted burglaries at Carter's Grill on the 300 block of Highland Avenue at 3 a.m. and another at Bowl-A-Rama on the 1200 block of West Broad Avenue at 3:30 a.m.

"Our uniformed officers did an outstanding job," said police Lt. James Williams. "In the last week or so we have been trying a new strategy and it seems to be working."

Concerned with providing crooks with too much knowledge, Williams declined to discuss the nature of the strategy the police are using.

Police arrested Dennis Hawkins, 55, in connection with the Carter's Grill burglary, Williams said. Hawkins ran from the restaurant with stolen food, but was quickly caught because an officer was nearby when the alarm sounded.

Hawkins is in the Dougherty County Jail charged with burglary and no bond has been set, a jail spokeswoman said.

A 15-year-old juvenile was taken in custody in connection with the burglary theft of money from Bowl-A-Rama and released to his mother, Williams said.

The teen entered the bowling alley by shoving an air conditioner through the wall leaving a hole, police reports stated.

Police reports said that from Monday into the early hours of Tuesday, five other burglaries were reported in Albany, including one at 5 a.m. Tuesday at Connection Wireless on the 1600 block of East Broad Avenue. No arrests have been reported in those burglaries.