Man accused of smash-and-grab burglary spree

A Flowery Department man is accused of breaking the glass at a number of companies and stealing merchandise throughout Oakwood and Gainesville, together with the identical Greenback Common twice, police stated.

After asking the general public for help, Oakwood Police recognized the suspect as Hai Quoc Bennett, 32.

“Oakwood investigators met with investigators at Gainesville Police Division and had been capable of affirm Bennett had dedicated an identical housebreaking of their jurisdiction. Officers additionally found different unspecified proof connecting Bennett to the burglaries,” Investigator Todd Templeton wrote in a information launch.

Templeton stated the Gainesville housebreaking was at an Atlanta Freeway Metro PCS retailer, although he didn’t specify when or what was taken.

Every case concerned greater than $500 in property injury, in accordance with the investigator.

Regulation enforcement discovered Bennett Thursday, Could 16, on the Shallowford Highway Walmart in Gainesville, and Templeton stated the person had syringes in his possession on the time of arrest.

Bennett was charged with 4 counts of smash-and-grab housebreaking and possession of drug-related objects.

Oakwood Police put out a name for help after Bennett allegedly broke into the AT&T retailer April 26 on Winder Freeway, although that was not the primary smash-and-grab housebreaking he can be linked to.

Police investigated an April 14 incident on the Atlanta Freeway Swap and Commerce Pawn, and two incidents on Could three and Could 7 on the Atlanta Freeway Greenback Common.

Templeton stated Bennett was unable to get into the pawn store after smashing the glass, however the investigator stated the suspect took “a number of cheap cellphones” from the Greenback Common on each events.

Templeton beforehand instructed The Instances Bennett allegedly used a hammer to interrupt in to the AT&T retailer, taking lower than $200 in merchandise and inflicting roughly $900 in property injury.

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