Tifton Gazette


December 24, 2013

Thefts reported at multiple strip mall sites

TIFTON — Local law enforcement agencies recently responded to several incidents in the area, including business break-ins at a plaza.

According to an incident report filed at the Tifton Police Department, officer Amanda Faircloth reported Saturday that at 2:22 a.m., she was sent to an alarm call at Luxury Nails on Magnolia Drive. While responding to back up a fellow officer, another alarm call came out to Ellie’s Boutique, which is located in the same plaza.

Once officers arrived on the scene, they checked the doors at the plaza and realized that several businesses’ locks were punched out. The offender gained entry and stole money/cash drawers.

Faircloth reported that an attempt to enter Video Warehouse was made at 2:16 a.m. On the business’ camera system, it appears that a male with a dark blue hooded sweatshirt and jeans came to the door and punched the lock out. Then, the subject quickly left before gaining entry inside of the business, possibly scared away by another activated alarm.

According to a similar incident report, officers discovered that the bolt lock at Ellie’s Boutique had been pried out and the door had been left unsecured. The cash drawer was missing from the register; approximately $1,000 had been taken. Video surveillance revealed that the offender (white male, black or navy blue hooded sweatshirt, black ball cap, jeans, brown boots and black gloves) entered the business, removed the cash drawer from the register and left the business with it.

The report states that the offender matched the suspect from the Luxury Nails burglary and is also suspected in the Xtreme Tan burglary, where approximately $200 was taken.

Another report states that the same offender is shown on the video footage for Tifton Pet Center. He gained entry at approximately 2:21 a.m. and was only inside for less than 40 seconds. When he

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    Pictured are the honorees of Thursday night's annual Public Safety Officer Appreciation and Awards Banquet by the Tifton Elks Lodge. Shown, from left, are Louise Spradley, who organized the banquet, Eddie Brown with the Tift County Emergency Medical Services, Sgt. Debbie Pyles with the Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Police Department, Sgt. Bart Walker with the Omega Police Department, Officer of the Year honoree Thomas Catanzarita with the Tift County Sheriff's Office Jail Division, Deputy Jonathan Toledo with the TCSO, Brandi Conway with the Tifton-Tift County Animal Shelter, Georgia State Patrol Trooper Ben Taylor, Officer Brian Shockley with the Tifton Police Department and volunteer Firefighter Brian Fincher with the Chula Fire Department.

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    Prior to the awards being given out, Louise Spradley, who organized the banquet, welcomed everyone, and the invocation and pledge were led by the Tift County Sheriff's Office Honor Guard.

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