Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Police Briefs; Businesses Report Multiple Burglaries through Smashed Doors

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Police Briefs; Businesses Report Multiple Burglaries through Smashed Doors

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Byline: DAN SCANLAN

Some Southside businesses are getting repeat visitors, but not the kind they want.

Fred's Discount at 6271 St. Augustine Road has been hit three times in as many weeks by burglars, all after someone smashed two sets of doors to get in.

The latest was around 11:50 p.m. Sunday when someone smashed windows in the front and inside door with a piece of concrete and stole two power tool sets. The store's security camera videotaped the intruder in a long dark coat and pants breaking one of the windows, then leaving a few minutes later with a full bag. Three videocassette recorders, five cordless telephones and three portable stereos were stolen from the same store late July 15, and two clock radios and two DVD players were stolen shortly after midnight July 19.

Two is the number of break-ins at the Shell gas station at 2404 Atlantic Blvd.

An undetermined amount of cigarettes, cigars and other merchandise was stolen between 3:15 and 4:15 a.m. Sunday after someone smashed a roll-up door window and ransacked the business. The store's security camera caught video of a man in a dark baseball cap and blue jeans smashing the glass, stealing the cigarettes and grabbing more after he broke the office door lock. The same thing occurred shortly after 1:30 a.m. Tuesday when someone smashed out a window in the same door and stole a case of cigarettes.

Following are the crimes and other incidents reported recently on the Southside, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office:

A 25-year-old Southside man was arrested Monday evening on a charge of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon after a 34-year-old man was shot in a home in the 2900 block of Bethel Court.

Police arriving at 6:09 p.m. questioned the first person they saw, who told them to get inside the home because the victim was "shot, but he's still alive," according to the police report. Officers found the victim lying face down on the floor with what the police report termed "serious" gunshot wounds, while a .9mm handgun was on a nearby couch.

Police said the victim had been sitting on the porch earlier when he was locked out of the house and began arguing with the man who did it. …

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