Suspects nabbed in Winn-Dixie break-in

Photo by Avan Clark

Photo by Avan Clark

ALBANY, Ga. -- A burglary at the Winn-Dixie on Oakridge Drive early Tuesday resulted in two arrests.

Jeffery Beasley, 46, and Trevis Johnson, 41, broke into the Winn-Dixie through an empty cooler at the rear of the store at around 3 a.m. They got away with several cases of beer and cigarettes.

"We think they may have used shears to get in," said Cawaski Barnes, a detective with the Albany Police Department.

At approximately 8 a.m., law enforcement officers caught up with both suspects, as well as the property they allegedly took, on the 300 block of Vick Street, where they were arrested. The pair are being held at the Dougherty County Jail on charges of burglary and theft by receiving.

The incident is thought to be related to a break-in that occurred at the store Friday, APD officials say.

"The case is still under investigation," Barnes said. "We can't tell if anyone else is involved."

Police say it appears that the suspects tried to get into the store in the same way as the previous break-in but were unable to because the hole had since been repaired.

"They tried to go through the same hole they did before and made another entry point," Barnes said.

One of the suspects suffered minor injuries, Barnes said.