MACON, Ga. -- A Macon man has been charged with criminal damage to property after he reportedly vandalized a Family Dollar located at 160 Emery Hwy. in east Macon.
A Bibb County Sheriff's report says deputies went to the store Tuesday, where a manager said surveillance footage caught a man breaking a window the night before.
According to the report, the footage shows a male suspect walking around the building, checking the door handles and throwing a large piece of asphalt through a front window.
The deputy left the Family Dollar, reportedly noticed a suspect who matched the description in surveillance footage walking down the street and stopped to ask the man about the vandalism.
The sheriff's report says that the man, identified as 32-year-old Anthony Casey Mathews, admitted it was him in the footage when the deputy showed him a picture - but denied having anything to do with damaging the store.
Mathews reportedly said he was outside the Family Dollar to look around for cigarette butts and claimed he didn't know who broke the window. A woman with him at the time of questioning said that Mathews "does not pick up stuff and throw rocks at windows" - even though the deputy hadn't yet mentioned how the window was damaged.
Deputies reportedly determined Mathews broke the window given the woman's statement, his own admission that he had been the only one at the scene and confirming with officers that he was the person in the surveillance footage, and took him to the Bibb County LEC on criminal damage.