Hilltop burglar strikes twice in one night

Published 12:00 am Saturday, August 26, 2006

The Greenville hilltop service stations were both hit last weekend in apparent burglary attempts and police are searching for a suspect.

Around 11:30 p.m., Friday night, August 18, a black male was reportedly seen throwing an object through a window at Jordan's Hilltop and then bending down to enter the store through the hole made by the object.

Police arrived to the scene and after clearing the business, owner Carl Jordan, who had just left after closing for the night, was notified.

&#8220I live about six miles away in the country and as soon as I got home, the police called me to tell me what happened so I turned right around and went back,” Jordan said.

After reviewing a security tape, Jordan said the suspect took only 33 seconds in the store and only grabbed a few 18-packs of Budweiser and touched nothing else.

&#8220They knew what they were doing because they went right down the middle aisle, grabbed the beer, didn't grab any snacks or anything on the way out, didn't touch the register or take any money,” Jordan said. &#8220I believe it is someone who is in here all the time.”

A few hours later, around 2 a.m., in the morning, police were called to McBride's Chevron across the street from Jordan's in response to another apparent break-in as a black male was reportedly seen throwing an object through the window and then running away as the alarm sounded.

This time, though, the suspect was not as successful.

Owner Buddy McBride said the alarm system he has in place apparently scared the suspect away when it went off.

&#8220It's aggravating, especially when you are taking inventory and the oil company isn't too happy about it either,” McBride said.

About three weeks ago, McBride's store was broken into and the burglars got away with some beer and cigarettes.

In recent weeks, the two owners have been talking in order to find ways to solve the recent problems.

&#8220I've been here for about eight years and up until a year ago, I hadn't been broken into, but it's happened about four or five times since then,” Jordan said. &#8220It's the same old folks doing it, not all the time, but some of the time.”

Both McBride and Jordan said the Greenville Police have been cooperative in patrolling the area lately, and both also said they would prosecute whoever is caught.