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APD officers arrest suspect after high school ID found at crime scene

Polite linked to three break-ins after Dougherty County High School ID found

Darius Jamohn Polite, 20, of Albany was arrested by the Albany Police Department Wednesday in connection with three recent area break-ins. (Special photo)

Darius Jamohn Polite, 20, of Albany was arrested by the Albany Police Department Wednesday in connection with three recent area break-ins. (Special photo)

ALBANY — Albany resident Darius Jamohn Polite, 20, was arrested Wednesday afternoon in connection with three Albany area break-ins after officers discovered a Dougherty County High School student ID with his name on it at one of the crime scenes, according to a report from the Albany Police Department.

Reports indicate the arrest stemmed from a break-in that occurred at Verizon Wireless at 110 Cordele Road in Albany. According to the initial police reports, officers responded to a burglary in progress call at roughly 3:56 a.m. Wednesday. When they arrived officers discovered the front glass door had apparently been broken by a rock and someone had been ransacked file cabinets and a register, but nothing was taken.

Phyllis Whitley-Banks, media contact and spokeswoman for the APD, said that while investigating the scene officers found a Dougherty County High School ID in the name of Polite.

She said Polite was arrested later that day and that detectives ultimately linked Polite to that burglary and two other active criminal trespass cases initially reported on June 24 at Woodall’s gas station and Subway restaurant, both located at 1400 N. Jefferson Street in Albany.

“This is a very interesting case,” said Banks-Whitley. “We get cases where evidence is left behind, but this is the first time since I’ve been here (five years) an ID was left behind that led to an arrest. We’ve recovered tools left behind and blood and other things, but not an ID.”

Whitley-Banks said the case is still under investigation.

Polite is being held at the Dougherty County Jail. He has been charged with probation violation, suspended license, two counts of criminal trespass and one count of burglary. Bond has not been set for all of Polite’s charges, police said.