Man smashes meat store window to steal cigarettes, detained by employees

| April 11, 2017

VALDOSTA – A Valdosta man is behind bars after allegedly throwing a brick through a meat store window and trying steal cigarettes before being detained by store employees.

On Saturday, the Valdosta Police Department responded to a 911 call from Bailey’s Custom Meats and 1646 Clay Road, reports stated.

“Dispatch was advised that a subject had just shattered the front door with a brick and had entered the business,” said VPD Lt. Adam Bembry. “When police arrived on scene, they observed store employees attempting to subdue a combative subject in the parking lot of the incident location.”

The subject reportedly continued to physically resist arrest attempts from the first responding officer but was finally taken into custody when additional backup officers arrived on scene to assist, Bembry said.

“Store employees advised officers on scene that the subject, now identified as 44-year-old Corey Porto, entered the business after breaking in and began trying to leave with several cartons of cigarettes. The employees refused to let the offender leave and began attempting to detain him while police were being called,” Bembry said. “Officers on scene reported seeing multiple cartons of unopened cigarettes lying on the ground along with broken glass from the shattered door.”

Porto was transported to the Lowndes County Jail where he now faces charges of Burglary (FELONY), Obstruction of an Officer (FELONY) and Battery (Misdemeanor), reports stated.

“Valdosta’s local businesses provide goods and employment to our local economy. Protecting our local businesses from all types of theft will always be a top priority of the Valdosta Police Department,” said Bembry.

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