VALDOSTA, Ga. (WTXL) - Police say a man has been arrested after he broke into a Valdosta business to steal cigarettes and employees refused to let him leave.
The Valdosta Police Department said that on Saturday, they received an emergency call for help at 1646 Clay Road (Bailey’s Custom Meats).
They were told that a suspect had just shattered the front door with a brick and had entered the business.
When police arrived on scene, they saw store employees attempting to subdue a combative man in the parking lot.
The suspect continued to physically resist arrest the first responding officer, but was finally arrested when additional backup officers arrived on scene to assist.
Store employees told officers that the suspect, identified as 44-year-old Corey Porto, entered the business after breaking in and began trying to leave with several cartons of cigarettes.
The employees refused to let him leave and began trying to detain him while police were being called.
Officers on scene reported seeing multiple cartons of unopened cigarettes lying on the ground along with broken glass from the shattered door.
Porto was transported to the Lowndes County Jail where he now faces charges of burglary (FELONY), obstruction of an officer (FELONY), and battery (Misdemeanor).