19-year-old allegedly breaks into two stores to steal beer

Published 5:08 pm Thursday, July 22, 2021

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A 19-year-old has been arrested after allegedly breaking into two stores to steal beer on Wednesday, according to a press release from the Troup County Sheriff’s Office.

Cameron Tyler Johnson, 19, was charged with two counts of burglary forced entry, expired tag, DUI, failure to maintain lane, and failure to maintain minimum insurance. Johnson allegedly broke into both the West Point Trading Company, located at 3400 West Point Road, and Ribitz, located at 5618 West Point Road.

Troup County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Stewart Smith said Johnson allegedly stole three 12-packs of Bud Light.

TCSO was dispatched to West Point Trading Company at 1:54 a.m. due to a burglar alarm. A window on the business had been broke into and an exterior door appeared to be open.

Video footage showed that a while male driving a Dodge Ram truck pulled into the parking lot, retrieved a concrete block and walked out of view from the camera. A short time later the male can be seen entering his truck and driving south on West Point Road.

Shortly after, at 2:22 a.m., deputies were dispatched to Ribitz regarding a burglar alarm. Deputies found a broken window on the side of the store and shattered glass with what appeared to be smeared blood on the side of the store near the broken window.

While deputies and investigators were processing this scene, a truck matching the description of the suspect vehicle from the earlier burglary call, drove past them. A deputy was able to get behind the vehicle and make a traffic stop after observing traffic violations, per TCSO.

Johnson had a fresh bloody cut to his arm and using video footage from both locations, TCSO identified Johnson as the person responsible for the burglaries.