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Posted: 4:28 p.m. Friday, May 17, 2013
ALEXANDER COUNTY, N.C. —
Deputies said a businessman's decision will help them find the people who have repeatedly broken into his garage. Garage owner Dale Carrigan set up a deer camera outside his repair shop, which captured three people stealing thousands of dollars' worth of property in broad daylight. Carrigan said the thieves struck three times in the last three days, and took everything from a trailer axle to a tool box. He has owned the business for more than 20 years and decided he had to act to catch the crooks responsible. What he didn't expect was that some of the people captured in the video appeared to be elderly. "I'm really shocked to find out it is older people doing it. And that it ended up being them. I'm just surprised. It is kind of like if you're old enough you know better," he said. Deputies said because of Carrigan's video they have a much better chance of teaching that lesson. Investigators said there are several unsolved cases not only here but also in Iredell and Catawba counties and the video gives them their strongest lead yet. Sgt. Jimmy Hayes says "It is very useful. We tell most of our victims of repeat crimes to invest in a small camera a game camera or infrared camera. It has been very helpful in solving cases." Deputies believe the thieves are driving a burgundy 1990s Chevy pickup truck. They are asking for the public's help to catch the people responsible. The Sheriff's Office said they have already posted the images to their Facebook page in hopes of getting leads. Anyone with information is asked to give them a call.
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