Man breaks into Athens store, steals pack of beer


Surveillace video image of man who burglarized Golden Pantry, 1205 S. Milledge Ave.

By Joe Johnson

A thief broke into a convenience store in Five Points early Wednesday and all he stole was some beer, Athens-Clarke County police said.

The smash-and-grab theft was not believed by detectives to be related to three other commercial burglaries that occurred in Athens this week, according to police Public Information Officer Geof Gilland.

This most recent burglary was discovered when an officer responded to the store at about 4:24 a.m. to investigate a report of a broken glass door at the store, according to a police incident report.

The officer could determine from the outside whether anything had been stolen, but after a store key holder arrived, the officer was able to watch a security camera video that showed a man approach the front door at about 2:20 a.m., bust in the door glass and enter the store, the report noted.

The man walked to the area of the cash register, but could not be seen taking anything, according to the report; he then went to the back of the store and was seen leaving with a 12-pack of Bud Light.

Thief was described in the report as a black male in his mid-30’s who had a mustache and beard.

Two of the other commercial burglaries occurred Sunday morning, at the El Bajio Tienda Mexicana grocery store on Commerce Road and L.A. Nails in the Athens West Plaza shopping center off Atlanta, and the third occurred Tuesday morning at the 76 gas station on Alps Road.

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