Dougherty County Police Department officers confiscated about 2,000 rounds of stolen ammunition from four 16-year-old juveniles Nov. 28.
ALBANY — Brass assault-rifle bullets, red-cased .410 shotgun shells, silver .44 Magnum bullets and other combat-style ammunition rounds in the thousands sat on a table at Dougherty County Police Department headquarters Tuesday.
“We recovered 2,000 rounds of ammunition stolen by four 16-year-old juveniles on Nov. 28,” Police Sgt. Chad Kirkpatrick said. “The investigation began when APD (Albany Police Department) arrested Laak Luttrell with two stolen firearms in his possession Aug. 27.”
The 16-year-olds were turned over to the custody of their parents, Kirkpatrick said. Luttrell was charged with theft by receiving and remains free on $5,000 bail, a Dougherty County Jail spokeswoman.
Kirkpatrick said that Brandon Jenkins, 18, showed up at county police headquarters before 3:45 p.m. Tuesday in connection with the case. Before 4:30 p.m., he was on his way to the Dougherty County Jail, charged with burglary and theft by taking.
The six suspects preyed on people in the Putney area, stealing the ammunition, a television, jewelry and other items, Kirkpatrick said. The burglary ring could be responsible for about 20 robberies in the Pinto, Mustang and Impala roads area, he added.
Kirkpatrick said that the ammunition was found in the home of one of the juveniles on the 4800 block of Pinto Road. He noted that the juveniles can expect theft by receiving charges, and the two can expect to be charged with possession of a flat-screen television with altered, scratched-off serial numbers.
“There is always the possibility of more arrests as the investigation continues,” Kirkpatrick said. “I’m just glad to get ammunition off the streets.”