published Thursday, April 7th, 2011

Dalton police search for liquor store burglar

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Dalton, Ga., police are asking for the public’s help to identify a man who broke into a liquor store and stole a cash register earlier this week.

A surveillance camera captured a man throwing a rock into the front window of Jax Liquor Store on East Morris Street, said police spokesman Bruce Frazier.

The suspect tried to pry open the cash register, but couldn’t get it open, Frazier said. The suspect finally cut the cords to the register, which had about $250 inside, and carried it out the store, he said.

When the police arrived the suspect already had fled, but a witness in a nearby complex reported seeing a suspicious looking man walking near the apartment, Frazier said. Police found the broken cash register near the area.

The suspect is described as possibly white or Hispanic dressed in blue jeans and a dark hooded sweatshirt and dark colored jacket, Frazier said. He was also smoking a Goldcrest brand cigarette at the store.

Anyone with information on this incident or the identity of the suspect is asked to contact Detective John Helton with the Dalton Police Department at 706-278-9085, ext. 143 or the department's anonymous tip line at ext. 221.

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