Bandits armed with bricks broke into several businesses early Monday along Hartley Bridge and Houston roads.
Damage was discovered to at least six businesses in a three-mile stretch.
“We had deputies riding through there last night, and when they were gone is when these guys showed up,” said Lt. Sean DeFoe, public affairs officer for the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office.
Little was taken, but business owners were left picking up the pieces of broken storefronts and paying for damages.
“They took nothing, absolutely nothing,” said Cynthia Henry, owner of Cynthia’s Hair and Nails and Tropical Flava restaurant that were both hit at 5201 Houston Road. “In the salon there’s nothing to take. I don’t keep cash in here at all.”
She gingerly stepped her high heels through a pile of broken glass at the salon to find a large brick behind the appointment desk and papers strewn about on the floor.
Purses for sale on a shelf in the middle of the shop were untouched. It was Henry’s first burglary, she said.
About a mile away at 3047 Hartley Bridge Road, Finesse Nails owner Linh Nguyen has been broken into four times in 11 years, including once last year.
“We don’t know who they are, but they do the same thing with big rocks,” Nguyen said, noting the large chunks of bricks near her shattered front door. “The next door happened the same way.”
Moon’s Wings and Deli, her neighbor in the small strip perpendicular to Hartley Bridge Road, has been broken into two other times, she said.
Monday morning, the restaurant’s door frame was broken, and smudges on the glass indicated someone tried to throw a rock or brick to break in, but the glass did not shatter.
“It’s just terrible,” Nguyen said. “It seems to be getting worse.”
When asked if she had a burglary alarm, she told a deputy, “No, but I guess I should get one, huh?”
A little closer to Interstate 75 at 4126 Hartley Bridge Road, the front doors were smashed at Papa John’s Pizza and Farmers Insurance’s Taylor Agency.
Candy Taylor said they rummaged through drawers at her office and took a laptop computer.
“I wish folks would just get a job and work hard like I do,” she said.
DeFoe said a couple of margaritas were also missing from the office refrigerator.
“All told, we’re probably talking about less than $100 taken. The laptop is probably the biggest item,” he said.
A crime lab technician gathered evidence at the scenes in hopes of catching those responsible.
Anyone with information is urged to call Macon Regional Crimestoppers at 877-68-CRIME.