Data analysis leads to arrest

ALBANY, Ga. -- After a short foot chase that resulted in minor injuries to an Albany police officer resulted in the arrest of a man on burglary charges about noon Wednesday near 10th Avenue, Albany Police Department officials said.

Desmond Carter, 25, of 3100 Crepe Myrtle Court, was being held in the Dougherty County Jail charged with burglary and no bond had been set Wednesday, a jail spokeswoman said.

"In a continuing effort to decrease the recent rise in burglaries throughout Albany, the police are utilizing current crime analysis data coupled with special police details to target areas of high probable recurring incidents," APD spokesman Steve Butler said. "Cpl. Ernest Thompson was taken to the hospital with minor injuries, treated and released."

Butler said he could not go into specifics of the data or the police details that have been dealing with the upsurge of burglaries.

"Carter was seen leaving a residence within the 700 block of Eighth Avenue by special burglary detail police," Butler said. "He was seen leaving a residence with visible stolen property."

When police approached Carter, he dropped what he was carrying and fled, Butler said. Carter was caught a few blocks away, he added.

The arrest can be added to six other burglary arrests that the police accomplished in the past two weeks, Butler said.

Speaking about the use of crime statistics to target probable crime locations, police Lt. James Williams said, "This concerted action between all APD staff to combat crime using all available departmental resources is having a significant impact on the criminal minded entities within the city."