September 1, 2014
Valdosta, GA - 48 year-old Maxie Bernard Patterson was arrested early Sunday morning after Police say he broke in to the JK Foodmart on Old Statenville Road on the South Side of town.
Police say Patterson got access to the store by knocking a hole in to a wall at the back of the building.
16 surveillance cameras across the store captured a man, the store owner believed to be Patterson, stealing cigarettes from underneath the register.
"The person was covered up, but he had a suspect in mind, so the officers went and located that suspect at home", says Lt. Aaron Kirk, of the Valdosta Police Department.
After questioning Patterson, police say they recovered the stolen cigarettes in his home. So how did the store owner know it was Patterson? According to him, this isn't his first run-in with the suspect.
The owner of JK Foodmart did not wish to speak on camera for fear of retaliation against his family, but says the break-in is actually the third time Peterson has broken in to his store the same way.
The store owner says he doesn't know why Patterson keeps stealing from his store. He says after one of the break-ins, he even offered him a job. Patterson is being held in the Lowndes County Jail.
News Release: Valdosta Police Department
September 1, 2014
VALDOSTA, Ga. -- A man was arrested after stealing nearly $1000 worth of cigarettes from a Valdosta convenience store.
Valdosta police responded to the JK Foodmart at 739 Old Statenville Road in reference to a motion alarm activation around 12:30 a.m. Sunday.
When police arrived at the scene, no one was there. After alerting the owner and reviewing surveillance footage the owner advised that he believed the suspect to be Maxie Patterson.
Officers located Patterson, 48, of Valdosta at a residence on Cummings Street. Police recovered several cartons of Newport Cigarettes worth $960 and arrested Patterson.
While being transported to the Lowndes County Jail, police say that Patterson started to kick the rear driver's side window of the patrol car, damaging the frame.
Patterson was arrested and charged with one count of Burglary / Forced Entry to a Non-Residence and one count of Interference with Government Property.