Canine Unit Tracks Down Florida Man Who Burglarized Valdosta Gas Station

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Updated By: Winnie Wright
August 27, 2014

Valdosta, GA - A Florida man is behind bars tonight after breaking in to an abandoned gas station in Valdosta Tuesday night.

57 year-old Sidney Smith is charged with burglary after concerned citizens reported seeing him breaking in to the Citgo on St. Augustine Road.

A canine unit was called to the scene and found Smith hiding in a wooded area just feet from the store.

"We're not sure exactly what he took. We do know that he did rummage through some cabinets, some drawers, and papers were thrown about the business", says Lt. Aaron Kirk, with the Valdosta Police Department.

Smith was taken to the Lowndes County Jail where he faces those burglary charges. Police say a warrant was signed today, and Smith could be facing additional charges for the destruction of the property.

News Release: Valdosta Police Department
August 27, 2014

VALDOSTA, Ga. -- A Florida man is behind bars for burglary after an alert citizen helped lead Valdosta police to the suspect's location.

Valdosta police say they responded to the report of a break-in at a Valdosta Citgo Quick Mart Monday night.

When police arrived, they found several cabinets and drawers at the store had been searched through and spoke to a witness who said that an older white male had shattered the front door and entered the business.

Witnesses also told police which way the suspected was heading after leaving the area.

A K-9 unit tracked the suspect and led police to find Sidney Smith, 57, of Florida in a wooded area behind the store.

After being positively identified by the witness, Smith was arrested and transported to the Lowndes County Jail.

“This case was solved by citizens coming forward and helping the police and good follow-up work by officers," said Valdosta Police Chief Brian Childress. "We need more of this from citizens to help us keep our community safe.”

No further details or motive behind the crime are available at this time.

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