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Break-in at Viola business

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

The string of Viola robberies continue.

Steve Perryman's taxidermy shop located along Highway 223 near Perryman's residence in Viola was broken into during the evening of May 20.

The thieves, who broke into the shop sometime after 10 p.m. took over $3,500 worth of merchandise, according to Steve Perryman's wife, Vera Perryman.

She said a neighbor reported seeing a white flatbed pickup pass by the shop at one point in the evening. Latter the neighbor began hearing odd noises and looked to see the pickup leave the shop in the same direction from which it came, but was not suspicious of the vehicle, Perryman said.

However, the following morning when Steve Perryman was entering his shop, he noticed the motion sensor light at the entrance of the shop was busted. He then examined the door and found a small damaged area where it appeared someone had used a screwdriver to pry the door open, she said.

Once the Perrymans realized a tremendous amount of items had been taken, they contacted Fulton County authorities.

"They just took so much stuff," Perryman said. "Personal items -- even our kids stuff that was stored (in the shop)."

With the help of the investigating officer, the Perrymans compiled a list of missing items: a television, a family-size camping tent, two hunting blinds, a step ladder, a cordless drill, two sets of saddlebags, a skill saw, a carpenter's belt, a 100-foot extension cord, six fabric folding chairs, two electric heaters, a welding helmet, a bench grinder, a Herter's recurve bow, a 35mm camera, an unopened Galagher electric fence charger and a number of miscellaneous tools.

Fulton County Sheriff Walter Dillinger said they also discovered that the vehicle involved in the robbery had backed to the front of the shop directly from the highway.

"The tracks to the door were clear as can be in the grass," Perryman said. "Whoever did this wasn't too scared. They were right on the highway. I just think surely someone had to have seen that truck."

May 30 deputies from the Fulton County Sheriff's Office performed a fingerprint analysis of the scene.

"We hope this helps. Maybe who did this is already on file, but it's a long shot," Dillinger said. "It's really frustrating, there's been a a lot of (robberies) recently, and nobody's been around to see none of it. Maybe this could help get a lead."

Perryman said she and her husband will reward anyone who has information that will lead to the arrest and conviction of the thief/thieves.

Those with information can contact the Fulton County Sheriff's Department at 895-2601.

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