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Reward offered in rash of Athens commercial burglaries

Athens-Clarke County police on Friday announced a reward of up to $1,000 was being offered for information that helps to identify suspects in a recent series of commercial burglaries.

They also released surveillance camera images of the suspects.

Detectives believe the suspects use a pry bar on rear doors to gain access to the businesses, and they steal cash and other items.

The burglaries have occurred in strip malls, small businesses, auto shops, and restaurants during the overnight hours.

Just this week, burglars struck at the El Bajio Tienda Mexicana grocery store on Commerce Road, L.A. Nails in the Athens West Plaza shopping center off Atlanta Highway, and at the 76 gas station on Alps Road.

Police said that anyone who recognizes the suspects or has information about the burglaries should contact Detective Paul Davidson at (762) 400-7099 or

Anonymous calls can be made to the Crime Stoppers confidential tip line at (706) 705-4775.

ACCPD detectives advise local businesses to ensure their alarm or surveillance system is working properly, keep exterior lights on during nighttime hours, secure all windows and doors, and remove cash from the premises.

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