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APD responds to business break-ins

ALBANY, Ga. -- The Albany Police Department is coming off of a busy weekend which included a string of burglaries at local businesses.

From late Saturday through the early hours of Monday, there were at least four businesses, including one non-profit organization, that reported incidents to the APD. The most recent of these was a break-in at 1206 Blaylock St., the site of Flint Equipment Company.

"The complainant stated that, sometime over the weekend, someone broke into the business and damaged two vending machines," stated a release sent out by Phyllis Banks, spokeswoman for the APD.

The culprit forced his way in from the southside door and exited through the eastside door. There were no items taken. There are no known suspects, and the case remains under investigation.

The incident was reported to authorities at 6:58 a.m. Monday. Just a few hours before, an incident was reported at 11:40 p.m. at Darsey Oil Company, 307 E. Oglethorpe Blvd.

The suspect apparently forced his way through an east metal wall and later left through an emergency exit.

"Officers responded to an active alarm at the business," a release sent out by Banks stated. "Upon checking the exterior, it was found that the suspect(s) removed screws from the metal wall and gained entry into the business."

Officers conducted a search at the scene for suspects. Nothing was found to be missing from the business, police said.

At 2:38 a.m. on Sunday, Southway Crane, located at 1125 Don Cutler Drive, became the victim of a break-in. Forced entry was achieved through the west side of the building, and the point of exit was found to be the east side door.

"Officers responded to an active alarm at the business," an APD release stated. "Upon arrival on the scene, officers discovered that the suspect(s) removed screws from the west wall to gain entry into the business.

"The suspect damaged a soda vending machine while in the business."

There were no reported items taken from Southway Crane.

The non-profit to be victimized was the Boys and Girls Club unit located at 1112 Inverness Road at 8:58 p.m. Saturday.

In this case, there was some cash taken.

"The complainant stated she stopped by the location, which is her place of employment, to pick something up," a release from APD said. "The complainant stated that once inside the location she noticed all of the vending machines had been broken into and the money was missing from them all.

"It is not known how entry was made into the business due to there being no damage to any of the doors, windows or air condition vents."

There is no evidence at this time that these incidents are connected to each other, Banks said.