Computer store target of smash-and-grab burglary

by Wes Mayer

alt


The Computer Advantage Apple Specialist store in Ashley Park was broken into over the weekend, and thousands of dollars worth of laptops and tablets were stolen in the smash- and-grab burglary.

“All my staff receive a bonus based on their performance,” said the store’s manager, Chris Krowchuk. “The items stolen were their favorite items to sell — when you don’t have those products, it’s really tough to make that up.”

The two thieves broke into the store on Sunday around 2:54 a.m., Krowchuk said. Each grabbed about five or six iPad tablets, worth $800 to $900 each, and five or six MacBook laptops, worth $1,800-$2,600 each, Krowchuk said. Fortunately, authorities and Krowchuk believe the stolen items can be tracked.

“As soon as they open them and register with Apple, we’ll know where they are,” Krowchuk said.

Sgt. Brent Blankenship with the Newnan Police Department is working the case, said Deputy Police Chief Rodney Riggs. Riggs said detectives do not have any leads other than the surveillance video from inside the store, but they are working on tracking the stolen items.

This is the fourth time the store has been burglarized in the last three years, Krowchuk said. He said they pay a high enough maintenance fee to Ashley Park — the mall should be able to afford an overnight security officer or at least an outdoor surveillance system to catch license plate numbers.

Krowchuk also discovered a Georgia law that worked in the thieves’ favor — the Enhanced Call Verification law. According to AlarmLaws.com, the ECV law was passed in Georgia this May. The law is designed to prevent dispatching police to false alarms, thereby saving time and money. When an alarm sounds, the alarm company must call twice, sometimes two different numbers, before alerting emergency responders.

“So, by the time they actually called police and dispatched them,” Krowchuk said, “over six minutes had gone by. The police were on scene very quickly, and had they been dispatched immediately upon our alarm being triggered, the criminals would have been caught. ... What a stupid law.”



More Local

Suspected cocaine traffickers arrested in Newnan

A Newnan couple suspected of trafficking crack cocaine were arrested Tuesday following an investigation by the Newnan Police Department&rsqu ... Read More


Christmas box total tops 18,000

Shoeboxes filled with Christmas cheer have left Newnan to brighten days for children around the world. This year’s Operation Christmas ... Read More


Community Thanksgiving dinners served today

Free community Thanksgiving dinners will be served at three locations today. There may also be clothing and canned goods available for those ... Read More


Senator to expand legal marijuana debate

A joint state House-Senate committee has spent the past several months studying the possibility of making cannabis oil with a low THC conten ... Read More


Santa Claus coming to downtown

November and December are busy times at the North Pole, but Santa Claus is once again taking a break from his duties there to visit downtown ... Read More

Newnan Council

Camping World’s rezoning request denied

Newnan City Council denied Siren Partners, LLC’s rezoning request for approximately 22 acres on Newnan Crossing Boulevard East to acco ... Read More