APD reports: Smash and grab, shooting

Photo by Casey Dixon

Photo by Casey Dixon

ALBANY, Ga. -- Two locations in two different parts of Albany became victims to burglars for the second time each in June.

In other incidents, a shooting sent a 16-year-old to the hospital and a 67-year-old man doesn't face charges in a three-vehicle crash police say he caused.

Facing burglar bars on the outside and on the inside of the windows at an East Albany business, thieves smashed a vehicle through the bars and the window of the shop at about 5 a.m. Wednesday on the 1600 block of East Broad Street.

This was the second time this month thieves had broken into Latoya Young's shop, Connections Wireless and More. Previously, there had been five attempts to rob the cell phone and clothing store during the two years it has been in business.

"The first time this month was June 15 and they didn't get anything," Young said. "This time, they took mostly men's clothing like shorts and shirts. I guess it cost maybe $500."

Young moved everything out of the shop as friends of hers nailed plywood over the hole about as big as an open garage door in the front of her store.

Undaunted, Young plans to reopen with more security features such as blocks in front of her store that no one could drive over.

"I love my customers. I don't want to move," Young said. "And, I have a great landlord."

Thieves broke into a residence on the 2400 block of Pheasant Drive June 22 and were frightened off by the return of a resident. They came back.

While no list of goods taken was available, Wednesday reports did state that the same residence was hit twice within two weeks.

"We don't know if they are the same ones who were there the first time," said Phyllis Banks, Albany Police Department spokeswoman. "Both cases are under investigation."

A shooter firing at a car on Avalon Avenue at about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday wounded a 16-year-old boy in the hip.

Karshawn Lockett was in good condition at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, a hospital spokeswoman said.

So far there are no suspects, Banks said, but the case is under investigation.

Following up on a crash Tuesday, no charges will be filed against Flavel Weeks, 67, the driver of a Ford F-150 pickup that went into the opposite lane, smashed head on into a Honda Accord and crashed the Honda into a Hyundai Elantra, Banks said.

"No charges will be filed due to the driver's medical condition," Banks said.

No information on the medical condition Weeks suffers from was immediately available.

Anyone with additional information on any of the open cases should call Crime Stoppers at (229) 436-TIPS (8477) or investigations at (229) 431-3288. The Spanish speaking APD-COP Tip Line is (229) 434-2677.

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