Burglaries were reported on Christmas morning at two major Macon retailers.
Bibb County deputies were called to Sam's Club on Log Cabin Drive at about 12:18 p.m. An investigator spoke with a manager who stated the business had been broken into and the store's alarm went off at 1:05 a.m., according to a Bibb County Sheriff's Office incident report.
After walking into the store, the deputy began seeing jewelry on the floor, the report states. It was then discovered that three jewelry cases in the store were smashed and merchandised removed.
The manager showed the investigator surveillance video. The officer said the video showed three males, the report states. One of the males smashed in a side door with a hammer and they all entered the store.
Once they were inside, they all ran toward the jewelry counter with book bags in their hands, the report states. Two of the burglars wore all black, ski masks and gloves while the third wore a black hoodie and blue jeans.
According to the Bibb County Sheriff's Office, an estimated $12,000 worth of jewelry was stolen from Sam's.
"It's sad that we actually still have people going around looking to violate us like that," said a Sam's Club customer.
Bibb deputies were then called to Walmart on Harrison Road just after 6 a.m. for a burglary there.
The responding officer met a manager at the store who said he was opening when he noticed two video game glass cases were broken and video games missing, according to a sheriff's office incident report.
The manager reported that he noticed an entry door to the store's cash office was pried open and an unknown amount of laptops were missing, the report states. The deputy noticed that a rear door to the store was pried open.
"Why would you do that? Can you please not do it again and return back what you stole," said a Walmart customer.
Surveillance video revealed three suspects wearing dark clothing and gloves coming from a wooded area behind the business and approaching the rear door, the report states.
Captain Randy Gonzalez with the Bibb County Sheriff's Office says they cannot confirm if the 3 men in both surveillance videos are the same suspects. That's still under investigation.
Both stores are owned by the Walmart corporation. By phone, the company's Media rep Charles Crowson said, "We hate to hear that this happened during the holiday season. We take these situations very seriously and will work with local law enforcement during their investigation. All other questions should be referred to local police."
Anyone with information about the suspects or in reference to this incident is urged to contact the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office at 478-751-7500, or Macon Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-877-68CRIME.
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