Police arrest four in incidents

Photo by Casey Dixon

Photo by Casey Dixon

ALBANY, Ga. -- At least four arrests have been made by the Albany Police Department in connection to criminal investigations in that have been taking place over the last few days.

One such arrest was that of David Sweet, 52, who is accused of causing criminal damage to Adams Exterminators and Jack Ivey Signs -- both on the 1700 block of Westtown Road.

On Sunday, several trucks were ransacked and three air-conditioning units were stripped at Adams Exterminators. While there, officers discovered a hole in the fence located in the rear of the business. Several items, found in a wooded area, were recovered, including an undetermined amount of extension cord and copper.

On Monday, officers observed a suspect taking aluminum from Jack Ivey Signs. Sweet was apprehended and taken into custody at around 9:30 p.m. that evening, and has since admitted to being involved in the Adams Exterminators incident, officials say.

APD investigators estimate there was approximately $30,000 in damages caused at Adams.

"I hope they get the maximum time in jail, and if not in jail, then out working somewhere cleaning something up and doing some type of labor so that they can learn the value of what legitimate workers have to do to make a living," Jeff Sinyard, Dougherty County Commission chairman and owner of the business, said.

As far as the impact on his company is concerned, Sinyard said there should not be any significant damage.

"We're going to have a few hot days and we'll file claims on the damaged items with our insurance, which will probably go up, but we'll be fine," he said. "I just want to say how thankful I am and how proud I am for our law enforcement. From uniform to detectives to the crime scene people, they all worked hard and managed to get the people responsible."

Sweet has been charged with 13 counts of entering auto in the Adams Exterminators incident. He is being charged with criminal trespass, criminal damage to property and possession of burglary tools in the Jack Ivey Signs incident.

Sweet's arrest was the result of a collaborative special detail operation conducted by the APD Burglary Unit, the APD Gang Unit and the APD Uniform Bureau. Both cases remain under investigation.

On Tuesday, two juveniles and one adult were taken into custody after being apprehended by the APD Uniform Bureau for breaking into a car on the 2200 block of Champagne Drive.

"At approximately 5:25 a.m., officers arrived on the scene and spotted the suspects wandering around several cars," an APD statement said. "When they were approached, they fled the scene. After a brief foot chase, two of the suspects were apprehended near the Shoreham Apartments; the third near Lake Loretta.

"Officers recovered cell phones, jewelry and a handgun."

Two male juveniles, ages 15 and 16, have been charged with entering auto, along with Jerry Cauley, 17. Additional entering autos were discovered on the 2200 block of Champagne Drive and the 2500 block of Hilltop Drive shortly after the arrests were made. All the cases remain under investigation and additional charges are pending.

There was also a string of five entering auto cases that were reported to authorities at around 4:30 a.m. Tuesday at Radium Springs Apartments on Bluewater Drive. The victims reported that someone had entered and ransacked the inside of their vehicles.

These incidents have prompted the APD to encourage vigilance amongst the area's car owners.

"Keep the doors locked and don't keep valuables in plain view," advised Phyllis Banks, spokeswoman for the APD. "Also, keep weapons out of the car if possible.

"The majority of times (with entering auto cases), the car is left unlocked. That makes them easy targets."

There were no known suspects in those cases as of Tuesday afternoon. Anyone with information on the incidents that took place at Radium Springs Apartments are encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at (229) 436-TIPS or the APD at (229) 431-3288.