APD: Burglars caught in separate cases

ALBANY -- Burglars involved in two different daylight cases were caught by authorities last Tuesday and Friday, an Albany Police Department official said.

"I am extremely pleased with the excellent job done today by the men and women of the Albany Police Department," said Albany Police Chief John Proctor Friday. "They continue to aggressively work to apprehend the subjects committing these crimes and to recover property taken from citizens."

Proctor was at the 1810 Dawson Road burglary scene when he added that detectives are recovering stolen property and charging anyone who purchases stolen items.

About 1 p.m., an activated alarm alerted police to a burglary at the Dawson Road address, a police report stated.

They arrived and spotted Michael Lee Morton, 25, driving a 2000 Chevrolet Cavalier from the burglary scene, the report added.

Police pursued the Cavalier to attempt a traffic stop, the report said.

"The driver drove off and began traveling east on Dawson Road. He turned behind the American Red Cross Blood Bank and drove through a fence near a holding pond," said Phyllis Banks, police spokeswoman. "The suspect (Morton) jumped out and ran. After a foot chase, the suspect was taken into custody."

Police are executing search warrants in connection with the case, Banks said. Charges are pending, she added.

In a cooperative effort Lee County Sheriff's Office deputies stopped a "suspicious" Honda Accord at about 2:15 p.m. Tuesday at the intersection of Old Dawson Road and North Doublegate Drive, Banks said.

The car's occupants were possibly involved in a burglary at 2813 Doublegate Drive, Albany, Banks said. Burglars had kicked in a side door and stolen two flat-screen televisions and a laptop computer at that address.

After an investigation the occupants, Calvin Trian Winkfield, 19, Cody Brice Mills and Benjamin James Worthy Jr., both 17, were charged with burglary, stated a police report.

"Additional charges are pending in this case," Banks said, "but the arrests could possibly clear up additional burglary cases currently under investigation."