Police make quick turnaround on car burglaries

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, September 26, 2001

Fast action and team work by the Greenville Police Department early Friday morning resulted in the apprehension of two suspected car burglars, and the recovery of stolen stereo equipment.

Responding to the complaint of a Perdue Village resident awakened by the sound of breaking glass in the parking lot, officers quickly arrived on the scene to find that not one but two separate motor vehicles had been broken into, and the stereo equipment removed from them.

The complainant reported to Greenville Police officers that he observed two unknown black males as they were breaking into a car in the parking lot.

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Giving a clear description of the two suspects, the complainant also reported that he saw them leave the scene in a blue-colored Lincoln Town Car.

Other third shift officers, after receiving the description of the vehicle and suspects, observed such a vehicle on Bell Street. Initiating a traffic stop, officers were able to observe two car stereo units in the Lincoln, and while checking the suspects for weapons found they were in possession of burglary tools and a wiring harness for one of the stereo units.

Approximately 25 minutes after the initial call for the burglary of the vehicles, the pair were arrested.

The 17-year-old driver of the 1990 Town Car was charged with unlawful breaking into and entering of a motor vehicle, unlawful possession of burglar's tools and criminal mischief, first degree. The suspect was transported to City Hall where he was turned over to juvenile authorities.

On Wednesday afternoon, a spokesman with the Alabama Department of Juvenile Probation said the 17-year-old was set for court.

"I met with the juvenile suspect and his parents on Monday," said Terry Van Lewis, chief probation officer in Butler County. "He will be adjudicated (processed) here in Butler County, but he is a resident of Lowndes County, so he will be handled involving sentencing in Hayneville."

Also arrested was Joshua Bullock, 18 of Bell Street. Bullock too was charged with breaking into and entering of a motor vehicle, unlawful possession burglar's tools and criminal mischief, first degree.

Bullock was taken to the Butler County Jail where on Wednesday he remained in custody, being held on a $30,000 property bond from the above charges, but a hold had been placed on him for outstanding charges in Lowndes County.

"I wish to commend our third shift officers for their rapid response in investigating this case which resulted in speedy apprehension and arrest of the suspects," said Police Chief Lonzo Ingram. "I also want to express our appreciation for those citizens who initiated the call, by notifying us of the crime in progress.

"With public participation, the Greenville Police Department can continue successfully in its continuing war against crime in the community."