Thousands in Valuables Stolen from Best Buy After Burglary

-- Valdosta, Ga. -- May 30, 2012 --

As the sun was coming up Sunday morning - Valdosta police were called to the Best Buy store. on Norman Drive. Theives tripped the alarm - but by the time VPD arrived - no one was there. Thankfully the surveillance cameras were recording. VPD is not releasing the video at this time. but they tell us it shows the thieves pulled up in a dark colored sedan, used it to break open a roll up door and make off with more than 10-thousand dollars worth of merchandise.

Captain Bobbi McGraw of the Valdosta Police Department said "multiple people had made entry and made some quick grabs of merchandise. And did leave some things along the way as they were trying to get away from the scene."

Captain McGraw says the suspects were in an out in a matter of minutes - leading investigators to believe this wasn't their first heist.

She said "the crime gave the appearance that these folks had probably done it before. They probably had a mission and they went in there to accomplish that mission. It didn't appear to be something that was done haphazardly. It was probably something that was planned out."

Valdosta Police are working with law enforcement in Florida because a Best Buy in Tampa was robbed in January using similar methods. Meantime - locals who shop near this Best Buy hope this burglary pushes store owners to take action.

One local student, Brejae Wylie, said "along this strip there's about 10 to 15 businesses. So maybe they should all get together and invest in a security post so that way there's a security guard monitoring the premises like 24/7 so that way this doesn't happen again."

Later that day police recovered the vehicle used in the crime. It was reported stolen in Tifton, Georgia. Police are asking that anyone with information on the burglary contact the Valdosta Police Department.

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  • by Observer on May 31, 2012 at 03:15 PM
    Valdosta is really getting a reputation as a crime ridden city. . Everyone is talking about how bad it is...even in the western panhandle.. You folks over there need to look closely at your police department (chief). Wake up!! Your crime percentage surpasses the ATL.....
  • by our law enforcement what a waste Location: ga on May 31, 2012 at 12:56 PM
    guess all the cops were fighting a drug war somewhere.
  • by there must be 10.000 cops in lowndes county. Location: valdosta on May 31, 2012 at 12:53 PM
  • by bsmith Location: tallahassee on May 31, 2012 at 10:57 AM
    Sounds like Craig did this or knows who did because he is so adament about them putting the stuff on craigslist - maybe it's HIS list the stuff if being put on. Maybe the police should go check this guy out to see which crime he's committee - the burglary, possession of stolen goods, or both.
  • by Anonymous on May 31, 2012 at 09:36 AM
    A security guard is going to do what exactly to stop this from happening? Banks have security guards, and they still get robbed.
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      by Anonymous on May 31, 2012 at 11:10 AM in reply to
      heat seeking automatic machine guns.......
  • by Gerry on May 31, 2012 at 09:27 AM
    I wonder how many thousands in valuables were stolen during the burglary?????
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      by there must be 10.000 cops in lowndes county. on May 31, 2012 at 12:53 PM in reply to Gerry
  • by Ny on May 31, 2012 at 08:01 AM
    If they were in and out then they had to have been in that store either earlier that day or earlier that week to go straight for what they went for because every time I go in best buy I know what I want but I still have to search for it being that they are always moving things around for new products.
  • by And people on May 31, 2012 at 06:26 AM
    And there are people out there that think depending on the police to come help them in the time frame of a violent personal assault, in lieu of being well armed and trained in the defensive use of firearms, is a good idea. Idjits. I pity them.
  • by Craig on May 31, 2012 at 03:34 AM
    And its all going to be sold on craigslist.
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      by And im going to buy what they sell on May 31, 2012 at 09:12 AM in reply to Craig
      iMacs, macbooks, phones...if they'e selling, Im buying. And none of you criticizing idiots can stop me. Take that and shove it down your bottomless mouths.
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        by Anonymous on May 31, 2012 at 09:34 AM in reply to And im going to buy what they sell
        Possession of stolen property is a crime - even if you buy it from craigslist.
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