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Charges filed in burglary of home

Kenneth Whitley

Kenneth Whitley

ALBANY, Ga. — Working on information supplied about a stolen laptop, Albany Police Department officers charged a man with burglarizing the home of Albany Technical College’s president in November.

Kenneth Whitley, 30, is in Dougherty County Jail charged with burglary with no bond set, said a jail spokeswoman.

Albany Tech’s Anthony Parker returned home on Nov. 2 to surprise a burglar inside his East Doublegate home, police reported. Parker saw the burglar was armed with a handgun while he struggled with the intruder, the report added.

Parker took the gun and called for his neighbor to help him, the report said. Before help arrived the burglar ran away. Parker was uninjured, but the burglar stole some items.

The report indicated the burglar took a Samsung flip phone, a Smirnoff Vodka bottle holding coins, a Seiko watch and a Dell laptop computer as he fled. While the coin bottle and the cell phone were recovered, the laptop played a role in Whitley’s arrest.

“Detectives received information from authorities in the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office regarding a witness who was in possession of the laptop,” said Phyllis Banks, police spokeswoman. “The witness helped develop Whitley, who was in jail as a suspect. After being interviewed Whitley was charged in the Parker case on Dec. 5.”