Crime alert

Crime alert.

The driver of a car that crashed into a Baldwin County store and then took of Sunday night is being sought, local authorities say.

Fortunately, no one was injured during the incident that took place between 6:40 and 6:45 p.m. at the Log Cabin Store, located at 2119 N. Jefferson St.

“A thorough search of the area was conducted, however, the vehicle was not located,” according to an incident report filed by Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Brandon Towe. “Several Milledgeville police officers, other deputies and I searched the area, but were unable to locate the vehicle.”

The business sustained damages to the outside siding and interior drywall, Towe said.

“I also observed where multiple items, including picture frames, were knocked off the wall and broken on the floor,” Towe said.

The car involved in the crash was described as a blue 2009 Nissan Sentra with license plate number RPE6976. It is registered to a LLC business in Houston County.

Towe said he talked with the store’s manager, John Michael Thompson.

The deputy said the manager told him he was inside the store when he saw a man get out of the car. The manager said he watched as the man carried several beer bottles to the back of the store and place them into a dumpster.

Thompson said the man walked into the store, and about that same time, he heard the engine of a car revving up. Seconds later, the car crashed into the side of the store. 

Towe said Thompson told him that the man who had gotten out of the driver’s seat of the car and gone inside the store after throwing away the beer bottles ran outside and got back into the car before it sped off, according to the incident report.

The car’s last known direction of travel was westbound on Log Cabin Road, Towe said.

At least five different witnessed the car hit the store and then leave the scene.

The deputy said he had each of the witnesses complete a written statement about what they had seen concerning the incident.

Towe said one of the witnesses told him that he had just gotten out of his pickup truck and was walking along the front of the sidewalk when he realized he had forgotten his money and was walking back to get it. As he turned around, he heard a car spinning its wheels and its motor racing.

“It jumped the curb and crashed into the front of the building,” according to the witness. “The front passenger tried to jump into the driver’s seat, but could not stop the vehicle.”

The driver of the car ran out of the store, jumped into the driver’s seat and left the store at a what witnesses described was a high-rate of speed, Towe said in his report.

Another witness wrote down the license plate of the car and gave it to the deputy.

Because the car was registered to a business in Houston County, a Baldwin County dispatcher got in touch with the Houston County Sheriff’s Office to see whether or not they could find the car around the business.

Several hours after the incident, Houston County deputies reported that they went to the business but did not see the car anywhere.

Towe said a Be On The Lookout (BOLO) was also issued to local and surrounding law enforcement authorities.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of the car or other information about the incident is asked to call the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office crime tip line at 478-445-5102.

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