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Albany business owner helps police catch burglar

Albany AATCO owner sees suspect breaking in

Stevie Dontay Hanna, 33, was arrested Wednesday and charged with five counts of entering auto. He was apprehended at AATCO Transmission on West Broad Avenue and transported to the Dougherty County jail. (Special Photo)

Stevie Dontay Hanna, 33, was arrested Wednesday and charged with five counts of entering auto. He was apprehended at AATCO Transmission on West Broad Avenue and transported to the Dougherty County jail. (Special Photo)

ALBANY — An Albany business owner who checked his surveillance video before going to bed for the evening was able to assist in the capture of a late night intruder.

Don Dellinger, co-owner of AATCO Transmission, 708 W. Broad Ave., was headed for bed around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, when he had a feeling he should check his inside security through his home computer system.

“Something inside of me just told me I should check it out,” Dellinger said. “When I turned the system on there was a guy standing (inside the fence).”

Dellinger quickly called 911, he said, to dispatch the Albany police to the site.

“I told them they would need at least two cars to catch this guy,” Dellinger said, “One for the back and one for the front. Otherwise, they’d miss him.”

Dellinger said dispatch told him to meet the officers at his business, but he opted instead to stay by his computer and keep the perpetrator in view. The fenced area is where Dellinger keeps his customers’ cars, he said, when they’re kept overnight, and the intruder was intent on getting inside them and taking what he could.

Dellinger could barely watch, he said, as the burglar smashed the window of a 1998 Jaguar. A Ford F-150 truck fared better, Dellinger said, standing up to the burglar’s best efforts.

“Apparently, Ford makes some pretty tough windows,” Dellinger said.

According to Dellinger, that was about the time he saw the flashlights of the officers coming in through the alley. The burglar saw them too, Dellinger said, and took off over the fence to the outside.

Police officials say that after a brief pursuit on foot, Stevie Dontay Hanna, 33, was apprehended and charged with five counts of entering automobiles.

Hannah had earlier broken the windows of a 2005 Nissan Maxima, officials say, and had entered a Chevrolet Silverado and a Mercury Sable, both of which were unlocked.

Dellinger said that while the items taken from the vehicles were worth only about $2, the damage to the windows is expected to be around $1,000.