FOLEY, Ala. (WALA) - Foley Police arrested two burglary suspects just a day after investigators said they broke into a local convenience store. The suspects stole cigarettes, beer and the cash drawer from the register and it was all caught on camera.
It was early Monday morning, August 26, when Foley Police said two men gained entry to an Exxon gas station on S. McKenzie Avenue. Store surveillance cameras showed very clear images of the suspects as they rummaged through the store.
“Both subjects did not have their face hidden,” pointed out Foley Police Investigator, Glenn Hartenstein. “We were able to get a good video image of what they looked like and what they were wearing.”
Hartenstein said the suspects initially took cigarettes and beer, but then came back for more. Surveillance video showed one of the suspects take the cash register from the counter and then beat it against an amusement game in an attempt to open it. Police said the two were in the store for about 15 minutes before they made their getaway.
“After they entered for the second time, they were seen leaving on another surveillance video shortly after…we saw a white pickup,” Hartenstein said.
With surveillance images in hand, police canvassed the area showing them to residents and other store owners. They quickly got an identity on the suspects and arrested them on Tuesday.
Investigators said 30-year-old Richard Giles of Elberta was taken into custody during a traffic stop in Foley and 26-year-old Roscoe Daughtery, also of Elberta was arrested at his home. Police said they both admitted to the burglary during questioning.
“During interviews with the subjects, we were told that they’d been drinking and it didn’t appear to be a very planned act,” Hartenstein said.
Store owner Chintan Kapadia is thankful for the quick work Foley Police made of the case and said he hopes this sends a message to other would be crooks.
“They got them quick…in just a couple days,” Kapadia said. “That’s going to teach a lot of people a lesson, you know…that what goes around comes around.”
Police said they recovered some of the merchandise behind the store, but the cash from the register is still missing. Both Daughtery and Giles have been charged with burglary third-degree.
Richard Giles is being held in the Baldwin County Jail on $5,000 bond. At this time, Roscoe Daughtery does not have a bond amount set.
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