APD searching for backhoe burglars

ALBANY — The Albany Police Department is continuing to investigate the backhoe break-in at American Idol Phillip Phillip’s father’s pawnshop.

In a report released Wednesday, officers stated that “an undetermined amount of guns, jewelry and a cash register that contained approximately $60” were stolen after the store’s back door was smashed in by a stolen backhoe.

It also stated that a 6-foot-1 black male weighing about 225 pounds and wearing khaki shorts and a dark pullover shirt is suspected of casing the Albany Sporting Goods and Pawn shop at 1703 E. Oglethorpe Boulevard before the burglary, which occurred between 8 p.m. Monday and 8 a.m. Tuesday.

Anyone with additional information is asked call investigations at (229) 431-3288 or Crime Stoppers at (229) 436-TIPS (8477). The Spanish language APD-COP Tip Line is (229) 434-2677.

Crime Stoppers is an anonymous tipline. People with information could become eligible for cash rewards.