Local Town Sees String Of More Than 30 Burglaries Within One Month

By: Kara Duffy Email
By: Kara Duffy Email

There have been 34 burglaries in Thomasville in the past four weeks. Local businesses, houses and even a church have all been hit. Investigators say in some cases, the suspects are making themselves right at home.

"They're actually eating food, actually laying in their beds, laying on couches, running through refrigerators. So we're trying to locate these individuals and get them arrested and off the streets," said Lt. Eric Hampton with the Thomasville Police Department.

Game Pro Depot on West Jackson Street has been hit three times; the most recent break-in was Saturday Sept. 7. Surveillance video shows the suspect struggling to open the door with a screw driver. Once inside he casually strolls the aisles.

Business owners in that same shopping center and local residents say they're not taking any chances.

"We have a very nice alarm system," said Derrick Dove, owner of Gold Buyers in Thomasville. "We do have surveillance. We also don't keep anything in the store at night, any jewelry of money that we take in or that we deal with, we make sure we take it to another location after business hours."

Mickie Ivey, a Thomasville resident added, "I have always left my outside lights on at night and of course I have an alarm system and it's always on. So I think if people try to be cautious, that will help."

Investigators say after reviewing surveillance video they believe some of the burglaries are related, but not all of them.

Anyone with information on the burglaries should contact the Thomasville Police Department at 229- 227-3249.

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