Alleged Kroger air vent burglar surrenders to police

Investigators believe this man left the Glynn Street Kroger and got into a Chevrolet Tahoe. (Fayetteville police)

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Investigators believe this man left the Glynn Street Kroger and got into a Chevrolet Tahoe. (Fayetteville police)

The man shown in surveillance camera images during an alleged burglary at a Kroger store surrendered today, Fayetteville police said.

Justin Blake Moody, 21, of Fayetteville, was arrested and charged with one count of burglary, Lt. Mike Whitlow with Fayetteville police said. Family members encouraged Moody to surrender after his pictures were published on ajc.com and in other media outlets, Whitlow said.

There were highs and lows in one burglar’s attempt to steal pills from a Kroger pharmacy, police said Tuesday.

The man, now identified as Moody, allegedly walked into the Kroger on Glynn Street around 9 p.m. Sunday and entered the men’s restroom, Whitlow said Tuesday. Then, the man entered the air vent, crawling across the dropped ceiling before falling into the pharmacy, Whitlow said.

“The male grabbed two bottles of undisclosed controlled substances and attempted to exit through the closed security gate,” Whitlow said in an emailed statement. “The male was unable to open the gate and again entered the suspended ceiling and crawled across to the men’s restroom, leaving the stolen medication behind.”

The suspect, who was dressed in khaki shorts, a black polo type shirt and tennis shoes, then exited through the front door of the store and got into a black, Chevrolet Tahoe driven by another suspect, according to police.

Moody was booked into the Fayette County jail this afternoon. His mug shot was not immediately available.