Americus Times-Recorder, Americus, Georgia

Local News

January 7, 2013

Two caught in restaurant burglaries

Another suspect being sought

AMERICUS — Two men are in custody, according to Americus Police Chief Mark Gerbino, after an investigation into the robbery of three restaurants last week.

Antonia Denmark, 30, of 40 Brinson Drive, Americus and Tony B. Flowers, 29, of 701 Davenport St., 4-A, Americus, are both charged with commercial burglary and one subject is still being sought as part of the continuing investigation.

Lead inv­estigators on the case, Detective Sgt. Anthony Jackson and Detective Cedric Smith, said the burglars hit Hibachi Express on the night of Dec. 29 and La Hacienda and El Jalapeno on the night of Jan. 2. At both Hibachi Express and El Jalapeno, the burglars made off with a safe from each of the locations.  Jackson said the amount of money contained in the safes is undetermined, but he said it was a large sum. The safes were forced open and dumped and were found by officers during the investigation.

Surveillance footage from the restaurants led to the arrests, Gerbino said Monday.

 “This is a great example of good, traditional street police work,” he commented.

The footage revealed that the burglars had their faces and clothes concealed during the break-ins and detectives Jackson and Smith used that information to find the subjects.

“They took a small lead that may be seemingly of no value and developed it into useful information,” said Gerbino.

With one of the suspects not yet in custody, Jackson says the investigation is ongoing until that suspect  is brought in. He also offered advice to businesses in the area.

“Make regular deposits. Don’t leave large sums of money overnight and call the police department for an escort to make deposits — anytime of day,” said Jackson.

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