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Boy, 9, faces burglary charge

ALBANY -- A 9-year-old boy was left in the custody of his parents Sunday after the Dougherty County Police Department charged him with burglary, a police official said.

An 18-year-old man was also arrested for an unrelated burglary and theft by taking over the weekend and was taken to the Dougherty County Jail, police Capt. Jim Sexton said.

The juvenile was accused of taking more than $2,300 worth of items from a home at 1817 Moultrie Road on Feb. 22, Sexton said. The stolen goods included a 26-inch television, a video player, two mini-skateboards, an electric-powered skateboard, two remote-controlled model cars and other toys, he added.

The entry to the house could have come from an open garage door, a damaged front door or a window where the air conditioner had been pushed through, Sexton said.

"We are investigating at least one other child around the same age for the crime. They live in the same general area," Sexton said. "The juveniles will be in the custody of their parents until the juvenile court deals with them. Most of the property was recovered."

Police arrested Michael Wayne Nixon of Albany in connection with a burglary at 3617 Council Road on Feb. 25, Sexton said.

In lieu of $20,000 bail, Nixon remained in Dougherty County Jail at 5 p.m. Tuesday, a jail spokeswoman said.

Nixon lives in the same area as the house that was broken into, Sexton said. He is charged with stealing a flat-screen television, two rifles and two shotguns, he added.

"All of the items taken in the burglary were recovered. One rifle is a .22-caliber and the other is a lever-action rifle," Sexton said. "One of the shotguns is a double barrel."