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Store owner says surveillance system helped catch burglars

COVINGTON, TN (WMC-TV) - Three suspects are behind bars for a grocery store burglary all caught on tape.

Police were able to catch those three thieves in about thirty minutes and the store owner says the quick capture is due to his elaborate surveillance system. 

Surveillance video shows two men using a crowbar to break in the double doors at Westside Grocery in Covington.

Once inside, the two steal nearly twenty packs of cigarettes and take nearly fifty dollars before running out. 

But they didn't run far.

"I attribute it to great police work and to video --- we had really good video," store owner Jeff Mason said.

Mason just spent nearly ten thousand dollars to upgrade the surveillance system inside and outside his grocery store.

He says that, in conjunction with quick response by Covington police, helped catch the crooks.

"If there was more good video, these things could be solved - we've got to give our police something to work with," MAson said.

Larry Brent, his brother Andrew, and Christopher Dye were arrested and charged with burglary, theft and vandalism.

And police say thanks to good video, the three were quickly taken into custody.

"We had the jackets, we had blue jeans, it even showed the faded spots in the blue jeans," Sergeant Allen Willis with the Covington Police Department said.

And even though a surveillance system may be a big expense, most agree its money well spent.

"It gives us something to work with...gives us a place to start...without that, we have nothing," Willis said.

"I feel everybody these days and times better go ahead and start taking care of your stuff," Mason said.

All three burglary suspects are still in jail and are set to face a judge December 2nd.


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