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California man arrested after breaking into Valdosta convenience store

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Posted at 2:39 PM, Sep 28, 2018

VALDOSTA, Ga. (WTXL) - A California man has been arrested after he broke into a local convenience store and stole several items. 

The Valdosta Police Department says that they were called to the A&B Food Mart at 607 East Hill Avenue around 4:14 a.m. Friday morning. 

Police officers immediately responded to the store to investigate an active burglary alarm. When they arrived, they saw that the front door of the business had been shattered and items were scattered all over the floor.

According to VPD, officers set up a perimeter around the area and brought on a K-9 unit. The K-9 picked up on the suspect's scent, leading officers to the man within minutes.

When officers searched the man, identified as Patrick McJoseph of San Diego, California, they found multiple items that were confirmed as stolen by the store's owner.

McJoseph was taken into custody and transported to the Lowndes County Jail. He has been charged with burglary. 

“The Valdosta Police Department continues to encourage business owners to invest in surveillance equipment and alarm systems for their businesses. This case is a prime example of how this technology greatly assisted law enforcement in identifying and arresting the offender in short order,” said Lieutenant Adam Bembry.