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Three arrested in pre-dawn smash-and-grabs

A detective checks a suspect’s vehicle for evidence. Boxes of cigarettes believed to be taken from the Express Lane on Gillionville Road are seen on top of the car.

A detective checks a suspect’s vehicle for evidence. Boxes of cigarettes believed to be taken from the Express Lane on Gillionville Road are seen on top of the car.

ALBANY, Ga. -- City and county police joined forces in the early morning arrest of "smash-and-grab" burglary suspects. According to police, the two forced entry events have been shown to be related.

Officers with the Dougherty County Police Department responded to the first burglary around 3 a.m. Tuesday at the Stop and Shop convenience store at 700 Cordele Road, where a witness observed three males leaving the scene in a white car of undetermined make, said Chad Kirkpatrick, detective with the DCP. According to Kirkpatrick, the Plexiglas door of the Stop and Shop had been forced open with a "cylinder-shaped concrete block." Lottery tickets and cigars were believed to have taken from that location, Kirkpatrick said.

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Anthony Dawson

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Nicholas Alexander Davis

About an hour after the Cordele Road burglary, Albany police officers responded to a break-in call at the Express Lane, on 3900 Gillionville Road, police officials say. According to the APD, Lt. Bryan LaVoie followed a white vehicle, later identified as a Chevrolet Malibu, leaving the area and traveling south on Lockett Station Road. LaVoie followed the vehicle, keeping it in sight until assistance could arrive, police officials said.

Officials said the occupants eventually realized they were being followed and drove into a wooded area at the intersection of Lockett Station and West Oakridge Roads, damaging their vehicle. Kirkpatrick said that although the three suspects fled on foot into a nearby wooded area, one of them was quickly captured by the DCP officers. The two remaining suspects were later apprehended by APD officers.

Kirkpatrick said lottery tickets, cartons of cigarettes and other items which may have come from either of the break-in sites were found inside the Malibu. The car was towed to the APD. After extensive interviews, police officials said they believed the suspects were responsible for both burglaries, Kirkpatrick said.

R.L. Davis, 20; Anthony Dawson, 17, and Nicholas Davis, 20, have each been charged by the DCP with burglary in the 2nd degree and theft by taking, Kirkpatrick said, adding other charges were pending.

Comments

Sister_Ruby_Two 11 months, 1 week ago

Cigarattes..............has that become a token Gang Initiation theft item?

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RedEric 11 months, 1 week ago

History says that cigarettes were valuable for gender relationships in Europe following WWII. Maybe they are just reinactors.

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erock 11 months, 1 week ago

Let's do a smash and grab on those kneecaps. May not stop them from robbing any more, but they'll sure be easier to catch. They should be made to smoke every dang one of those cigarettes back to back.

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Abytaxpayer 11 months, 1 week ago

But they are sweet innocent boys never done anything wrong.

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TRUTH101 11 months, 1 week ago

Lotto tickets!?!?!?!?!?! Now im no rocket scientist....but im pretty sire once they are reported stolen they would be voided out. These guys would have been stupid enough to try to cash them in and would have eventually got caught...

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VSU 11 months, 1 week ago

They were stupid enough anyway. They got arrested.

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VSU 11 months, 1 week ago

Where's spookj6 at. These were not Lee county boys.

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