Albany Police Chief John Proctor, left, Sgt. Konetta Tyler, far right, and more than twenty officers at a media conference Wednesday. (Staff Photo: Jim West)
ALBANY — The Albany Police Police Department on Wednesday released the names and photographs of six suspected members of a burglary ring, all recently arrested, and of a seventh man still sought.
According to Sgt. Konetta Tyler, APD detective, the six were arrested after the occurrence of four separate burglaries on Aug. 4 and tips came in from the community the following day.
“We spoke to witnesses and those who could provide details as to where (the suspects) were located and the items they might have in their possession,” Tyler said.
Officials say the businesses victimized included Dollar General at 1906 E. Oglethorpe Blvd., A&S Foods on East Mobile Avenue, Dixie Food Mart at 1400 E. Broad Ave. and MLK at 2403 Martin Luther King Drive. Tyler said the suspects used sledge hammers to break through the back doors of three of the business.
Arrested on burglary-related charges were Amir Vicks, Jafarius Patterson, Jessie Proctor, Demickey Rogers, Elecquanta Patterson and Marcquise Rivers.
Still sought by the APD on charges relating to burglary is Donmetreal Walker.
“We’ve been actively pursuing these cases for a long time, all of the uniform and investigation and gang unit,” Albany Police Chief John Proctor said. “It’s a team effort and we thank the citizens of the community for providing those needed tips.”
Proctor said most of the suspects had “multiple” previous arrests on a variety of charges.
“That’s the frustrating thing thing about this,” Proctor said. “When they’re arrested, the crimes cease. When they’re out, the crimes pick up again. I’d like to solicit citizens or anyone else to work with us to make sure that these people are not back out in this community any time soon.”
Proctor said that the APD is working closely with Michael Tabarrok, assistant district attorney, to help ensure that “these folks are put away.”