Hours after a man tried unsuccessfully to break into a Clito-area convenience store, Bulloch County sheriff’s investigators arrested the man they said is responsible.
A store clerk identified Charles Christopher Broward, 30, of T. Perkins Road, after comparing surveillance video from outside the store with video shot inside the store, Bulloch County Sheriff Lynn Anderson said.
The surveillance video showed a man smashing the front window of the Zip-N convenience store at Ga. 24 and Clito Road around 11 p.m. Thursday, just minutes after it had closed. He was not able to enter the store, however, and nothing was stolen. Just minutes before, the parking lot of the store contained several people who apparently left just before Broward appeared on foot, Anderson said.
Investigators collected evidence, including blood samples, from the scene. Later, a clerk, after viewing the external surveillance video, recognized Broward as having been inside the store earlier, buying beer. When compared to video of transactions inside the store, the clerk verified the man as being Broward.
Deputies found Broward and found his hands were injured. Broward admitted trying to break into the store and was arrested, Anderson said.
Taken to the Bulloch County Jail, Broward was charged with second-degree criminal damage to property and a parole violation.
Broward was released in April from Troup County Correctional Institution, where he served time for cocaine and marijuana charges in Tattnall County, according to Georgia Department of Corrections records.
Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at (912) 489-9414.