Albany Police Investigator Timothy Harvey carries two rifles confiscated during a search at a 209 Baldwin Drive residence at about 7:15 p.m. Wednesday. Other law enforcement agencies such as the Albany-Dougherty Drug Unit and the Lee County Sheriff’s Office took part in the investigation that netted guns, big-screen televisions, Rolex watches, jewelry and more.
ALBANY — The bust of a burglary ring operating out of a brick, ranch-style home yielded rifles, computers, jewelry, flat-screen televisions and much more Wednesday.
Multiple law enforcement agencies, led by the Albany-Dougherty Drug Unit, served the initial search warrant at about 4:30 p.m. on the 509 Baldwin Drive home. Another search warrant was obtained to search for guns in the garage at about 7 p.m.
“We detained about six to eight suspects,” said Maj. Bill Berry of the drug unit. “The suspects and all the stolen merchandise were turned over to (Albany Police) Investigator Tim Harvey at about 9 p.m.”
The bust was a follow-up by the drug unit to a call from the Lee County Sheriff’s Office about some stolen computers, Berry said. The computers had tracking devices in them, and Berry’s crew had the tracking equipment.
“The tracker led us right here to this house,” Berry said. “So we got everyone together and executed the warrant.”
Warrants typically list what can be searched for in what area of the residence. Once other loot, such as the guns in the garage, entered the equation, another warrant was delivered for a further search.
Berry said that a toddler was in the home when officers began their search. She was taken to relatives while the search continued.
Albany Police took charge of the case in Albany and questioned the adult suspects. Their names had not been released by 9:15 p.m.
“I’d say this was a ring because of the number of electronics and other items stolen from multiple locations,” Berry said. “Lawn equipment, a power washer, Rolex watch, cameras. There are thousands of dollars of goods they brought here to fence or sell later.”