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APD busts west Albany burglary ring

Photo by Casey Dixon

Photo by Casey Dixon

ALBANY, Ga. -- Six people have been arrested following an investigation spurred by community complaints in a west Albany neighborhood.

Keon Rivers, 21, Justin Hendricks, 20, Tenesha Seay, 19, Felisha Hudson, 31, Donald Hosley, 31, and a 16-year-old male juvenile have each been charged in connection with what Albany Police detectives say was a west Albany burglary ring.

Standing in front of confiscated flat-screen TVs, gaming systems and computers, APD Detective Nicovian Price said that officers from the APD, the Albany-Dougherty Drug Unit and other agencies served a series of search warrants Thursday based on information obtained over several weeks' worth of investigation.

Price credited the vigilance of members of the community in that particular neighborhood for giving information that eventually allowed police to catch the suspects.

"We've been looking for this particular vehicle (a green late-model Ford Mustang) in this neighborhood. ... A citizen called police in reference to those subjects driving it down the alley, the officers responded to the area quickly and made contact with the guys," Price said.

"The citizens did a great job in calling that vehicle in, and the uniform division did a great job in responding to the scene. Neighborhood watch programs ... they are very effective. We ask that more citizens participate with the neighborhood watch programs; they need to remain vigilant."

Also seized were a quantity of marijuana, cocaine and ecstasy, Price said.

Police officials continue to urge residents to take note of the serial numbers of their electronics and high-dollar items and to video or take pictures of their valuables to assist police if they are stolen.