60 burglary suspects arrested in month

ALBANY, Ga. -- More than $10,000 in flat-screen televisions, computers and other loot could be returned to rightful owners in a few days, said Albany Police Department officials.

In the past month, about 60 burglary suspects have been rounded up by the police, said police investigator Darryl Jones.

Police served a warrant at about 4:30 p.m. Thursday and arrested three men affiliated with the Black Gangster Disciples gang on McKinley Street in south Albany. Police confiscated stolen electronic goods, less than an ounce of marijuana, handgun ammunition and two 16-inch-long assault knives during the arrests.

A stolen black Honeywell safe was also among the stolen property.

Police have not yet opened the safe to see what is inside.

Because the burglaries are all loosely related, not much information on arrests was available until Thursday night. Even then many facets of the investigations, such as the names of those arrested Thursday, were being kept under wraps as police develop more leads.

Officers held an 8:30 p.m. news conference in the Law Enforcement Center on Oglethorpe Boulevard.

"The cases are still under investigation and we are not releasing names," said police investigator Cpl. Terrance Bryant. "We have been developing information for weeks. We got two names from two subjects we arrested two weeks ago."

Of the 60 arrested in the past month, about 36 were juveniles and the rest adults, said police Lt. James Williams of the APD burglary unit.

Police know many of the owners of the stolen property and plan to return the property as soon as possible.

The officers spent many 19-hour days working to crack the burglary case, Williams said. Credit also goes to Albany residents who have made reports to police he added.

The members of the burglary unit also at the news conference were Kawaski Barnes, Eric Rozier and Nicovian Price. Credit was also given to the gang unit and special detail officers, who shift around assignments as needed by the officers at the news conference.