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April 3, 2014

Former Taco Bell burglarized, copper stolen

MOULTRIE — A burglary of the former Taco Bell restaurant netted thieves copper pipes and resulted in significant damage inside the building.

The thefts in the vacant building at 1004 First Ave. S.E., was discovered at about 3 p.m. Tuesday, Moultrie Police Department reports said.

“We believe they entered through the roof, the latch up top,” police Inv. Richard Maurer said, noting that the steep slope of the roof would have made for difficult walking.

 “They took copper pipes, like water pipes out of the roof, mostly.”

The roof was extensively damaged and there also was damage in bathrooms, Maurer said.

The cost to fix the damage was not known on Thursday. The building was last checked about a week prior to the discovery of the break-in, and there was no damage noted at that time.

In another theft, an Omega farmer had a truck load of greens stolen on Wednesday by a man who fled when confronted about the theft.

Patrick Gibbs III, of the 200 block of Gibbs Patrick Road, reported that an employee notified him that a man was picking collard greens at the intersection of C.S. Powell and Powell roads, Colquitt County Sheriff’s Office reports said.

Gibbs went to that location at about 2 p.m. and tried to detain the man, but he left in a red Chevrolet truck that had a bed full of collard greens.

 Gibbs did not try to physically detain the man because he did not wish to escalate the situation before law enforcement arrived.

Omega police were notified but were unable to locate a truck matching the description given by Gibbs.

In other thefts:

Moultrie Police

• John Swilley, 700 block Second Street Southwest, reported Wednesday the theft of a new car tire valued at $45 from his front porch.

• Freddie Ponder, 30, 1300 block Sumner Circle, reported Wednesday the theft of a pistol valued at $250.

• Gregorio Perez, 600 block First Avenue Northeast, reported Wednesday the theft of 60 pounds of copper wire and aluminum, with a total value of $60, from his back yard.

• Glenda Oneal, 66, Moultrie, reported the theft Wednesday of three gasoline pumps valued at $1,800 from the former Keigan BP service station, 123 First Ave. N.E.

• Ricky Grier, 400 block Northside Drive, reported Wednesday a burglary in which property valued at $263 was taken.

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