Beer burglar blasts BP gas station, steals 2 cases

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A burglar with a taste for beer fired a shotgun blast through the plate glass window of a BP gas station east of Fayetteville Tuesday morning and walked off with two cases of beer, brand undisclosed, Fayette County Sheriff’s Investigator Brent Rowan said.

Deputies have video and are looking for a “slightly overweight white male” wearing dark clothing.

The store at Corinth Road and Ga. Highway 54 East was closed, and no one was in the building when the beer burglar struck.

Here’s what Rowan says:

“In the early morning hours of Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011 at approximately 12:14 a.m., Fayette County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a commercial burglary alarm at the BP gas station located on Corinth Road where it intersects at Hwy. 54 in east Fayette County.

“When Fayette deputies arrived at the BP gas station, they discovered a front glass window of the business had been shattered.

“Upon viewing video surveillance, Fayette investigators learned that a slightly overweight white male approached the front of the gas station after business hours prior to the alarm being activated. The white male suspect was holding a shotgun in his hand as he approached the gas station front window.

“When the suspect approached, he fired a shot from the shotgun shattering the front window of the gas station.

“The suspect can be seen on video reaching into the front shattered window and removing two cases of beer. The suspect then left with the stolen cases of beer on foot towards Corinth Road.

“The suspect was wearing dark-colored clothing and had a dark piece of material over his head attempting to conceal his identity.

“Earlier that night video surveillance captured a white male who was similar in appearance to that of the suspect inside the BP gas station just hours before this crime occurred.

“If anyone has any information about this case, they are urged to contact the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office at 770-461-6353.”