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Police searching for man who broke into local store

Police in Thomson are continuing to search for a man who burglarized a local convenience store and stole a cash register last week.

Investigator Lt. Scott Whittle of the Thomson Police Department said no one had been arrested in connection with the crime as of last Friday.

"We're still trying to establish some leads right now," Lt. Whittle said.

The Thomson Super Curb, located at 517 Jackson Street, was broken into sometime between closing last Wednesday night and early last Thursday, according to store owner Chetan Patel. He discovered the burglary as he was preparing to open the store on Thursday.

Officer Alston Brassell said the front door was pried open.

Taken in the break-in was a cash register, which later was discovered in a trash dumpster on the campus of Thomson Elementary School, Lt. Whittle said. Some change reportedly was missing from the drawer, the store owner said.

The investigator believes that whoever broke into the store left walking with the cash register, robbing the drawer of loose change before dumping the register into the dumpster.

A man, described as black and wearing a dark sweat shirt, reportedly was seen standing near the front door earlier. That man is wanted for questioning by police.

Anyone with information about the crime should contact the Thomson Police Department at 706-595-2166.

Web posted on Thursday, October 23, 2008

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