Police search for suspect in break-ins at auto repair shop and liquor store north of Athens

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Athens-Clarke Police are trying to identify a man who they say has robbed two businesses in northern Athens and may be driving a stolen red Mercedes Benz to a location.

Police said the man broke into Hopewell Tire & Auto Repair on Jefferson Road twice and attempted to break into the Bootleggers liquor store on Tallassee Road.

The break-ins at the auto repair shop took place on October 1 and again on Sunday evening, as the same man attempted to break into the liquor store on Sunday evening through the front door, but could not break the safety glass with a concrete block, according to the report.

A suspect wanted for three burglaries in Athens is seen on surveillance video.

The suspect, caught on surveillance camera during the October 1 heist in Hopewell, is described as a black man with a spider tattoo on his chest. In this burglary, the thief stole a business phone and cash.

Police posted photos of the suspect on the department’s Facebook page on Tuesday.

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In the most recent Hopewell robbery, the man stole a Google Chrome book, money, and checks. He also took the keys to a customer’s Mercedes, police said.

At Bootleggers, police examined security footage which showed a Mercedes stopping at the store and the driver then attempting to smash the glass door.

Police said the burglary suspect was driving a stolen red Mercedes Benz, as shown in this surveillance camera image.

Police said the burglary suspect was driving a stolen red Mercedes Benz, as shown in this surveillance camera image.

A woman who was at a gas station across the street said she heard a loud bang and saw a red vehicle exit the liquor store and drive up Tallassee Road, according to the report.

Anyone with information that can help identify the suspect is asked to contact Detective Erik Hogan at (762) 400-7306 or email erik.hogan@accgov.com.

This article originally appeared on Athens Banner-Herald: Police are looking for man suspected of robbing 2 businesses in northern Athens GA

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