Investigations continue on Albany burglaries

Photo by J.D. Sumner

Photo by J.D. Sumner

ALBANY, Ga. -- The Albany Police Department's Burglary Unit is again soliciting the public's assistance with obtaining information regarding a theft that occurred on Jan. 14 at the Riverside/Oakview Cemetery at 220 Cotton Ave.

Meanwhile, a two-day sweep for wanted burglary suspects conducted late last week proved to be successful, police officials say.

On the day of the cemetery theft, an unknown person entered a work shed and took six backpack blowers, three weed cutters and two trimmers, police said.

The estimated value of the lawn equipment is about $3,900. Along with a request for tips, detectives are also reminding citizens that if they are in possession of any of the equipment, it is in their best interest to speak with police immediately to avoid charges of theft by receiving stolen property.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to contact the APD Burglary Unit at (229) 431-3288, or Albany Crime Stoppers at (229) 436-TIPS (8477) for those who wish to remain anonymous.

There were several arrests made last week as part of a two-day sweep for theft suspects on Friday and Saturday with the help of tips from the public.

Rodercia West, 22, has been charged with one count of burglary and Mascon Lovitt, 19, has been charged with five counts of burglary following Friday's sweep. There were three arrests made the following day: Kadolphie Spencer, who was arrested and charged with several counts of burglary, as well as Tyrell Lawson, 22, and Ko'Leon Campbell (Jackson), 18.

County charges are also pending against Lovitt, Campbell and Lawson, APD officials say.

The property that was recovered and since returned to its owners included four laptops, two 19-inch televisions, a 42-inch television, a 26-inch television, a DVD player, a ring and a gaming system.

The property was recovered from the 3000 block of Woodridge Court in Dougherty County. The estimated value of the items was a little under $3,000, police officials said.

In all, police say, there were six homes impacted by this string of burglaries. There are still more arrests pending, investigators say.


waltspecht 2 years, 10 months ago

Were there no outlet for these stolen goods, they wouldn't get stolen. The Pawn Shop appears to be a conduit for some of these items. I may be incorrect, but I believe the current law reads that if they find my stolen property at a pawn shop I still have to pay the Pawn Shop to recover my items, and the Pawn Broken will not be charged with Receiving Stolen Property. This is one law that needs to be revisited by the Legislature. There need to be better checks on what a Pawn Shop buys. They should have to be at least as careful as the average Citizen in what they buy and who they buy it from. They should also be suseptable to the same laws the average Citizen is. That would cut out the one venue for disposing of stolen property.


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