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Suspect sought in parts-store burglary

By Jason A. Smith

jsmith@henryherald.com

Henry County Police are seeking the public's help in tracking down a suspect in the reported burglary of a local auto-parts store.

The incident took place March 24 at approximately 1:30 a.m., inside the NAPA Auto Parts store located at 282 East Fairview Road in Ellenwood, according to Henry County Police Capt. Jason Bolton.

"[A] black male ... driving a small-type van broke into the ... store," Bolton said. "There were some damaged electronics from under the counter, as a result of the burglary."

Melissa Ivey and her husband, Matt, have owned the NAPA since May of 2009, and said the break-in was the first at their store. She said Matt Ivey discovered the store appeared to have been broken into when he went to open the business later on the morning of the incident.

"He saw that the glass door had been shattered," Melissa Ivey said.

She said she believes the suspect may have been trying to steal cash from a drawer in the building, because it had been disturbed when her husband arrived.

"We didn't have any money to steal," Melissa Ivey said. "We keep it locked in a safe at night. He was looking for the cash drawer. For him to have known where the cash drawer was, he had to have been in [before]."

Police have obtained surveillance-video footage of the suspect in the store at the time of the incident. Anyone with information on his identity, or whereabouts, is asked to contact Police Detective Joe Norton by phone at (770) 288-8262, by fax at (770) 288-8371, or by e-mail at jnorton@co.henry.ga.us.