4 charged in burglaries

Published 12:08 am Tuesday, April 2, 2013

The Andalusia Police Department has arrested four people and expects to make a fifth arrest today in a string of spring break burglaries.

Police Chief Wilbur Williams said seven residential burglaries and seven burglaries of vehicles occurred over a period of eight days. Each of the vehicles and one of the homes was unlocked, he said.

The APD’s investigation began on Thursday when Sgt. Jason Curry received a tip about stolen weapons. The APD recovered three expensive hunting rifles that had not been reported as stolen, Williams said.

Williams said that Sgt. Curry and other officers worked the case overnight Thursday and through the day Friday and were able to identify suspects. Some of the property recovered pointed to other incidents, he said, adding that it included electronic equipment, several firearms, jewelry and cash.

“A sizeable amount of the stolen property has been recovered, including five of the seven weapons stolen,” he said.

Homeowners in two of the cases were out of town at the time of the burglaries, he said.

Witnesses’ descriptions of the vehicle the suspects used, as well as video of some of the goods being disposed of, helped officers solve the cases, he said.

Three juveniles were charged Monday, and two adult accomplices, who helped them dispose of the property, are expected to be charged, Williams said. Four of the five were in custody late Monday.

“We always tend to see a spike in burglaries during spring break and in the summertime,” Williams said.

Williams had high praise for the work of Sgt. Curry and those who assisted him in resolving the cases.