Georgiana transient charged in burglaries

Published 12:00 am Saturday, September 28, 2002

The City of Georgiana Police Department has closed four recent burglaries by arresting man officials say has no actual home address, but rather, lives in abandoned homes.

&uot;Officers responded on Sept. 8, 2002 to Alabama Loggers, Inc., located in Georgiana Industrial Park,&uot; said Chief James Blackmon. &uot;On arrival, they found that the business had been forcibly entered, and an amount of U.S. currency was stolen. An incident/offense report was filed, and investigators began to work on the case.&uot;

Blackmon said another burglary was reported on Sept. 10, at a business in the downtown area.

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&uot;We responded to Cash Discount Auto Parts on Miranda Avenue, where a burglary had occurred, and U.S. currency was stolen,&uot; the chief said. &uot;Then on Sept. 22, we responded to the United Methodist Church, also on Miranda Street, where someone had forcibly entered the building, causing a considerable amount of damage, but no property was reported as stolen.&uot;

Blackmon said a fourth burglary occurred on Sept. 23, in the same neighborhood.

&uot;We answered a complaint of an apparent burglary at Georgiana Medical Supply on Church Street, where again damage was caused during the break in, but nothing was stolen.&uot;

On that same day, investigators made an arrest, and were able to close all four burglaries.

&uot;We arrested William Edward Mobley, a 39-year-old black male from Georgiana n a man that has no permanent address,&uot; Blackmon said. &uot;He just lives in abandoned houses, moving around a lot.&uot;

Mobley was charged with four counts of burglary, and transported to the Butler County Jail, where he is being held without bond, pending a hearing for a parole violation.

&uot;If Mobley is allowed to bond out for the violation, which would normally require a $5,000 bond, he would still be looking at having to come up with $40,000 bond for the burglaries,&uot; Blackmon said.

Blackmon said he is proud his department was able to turn these cases around so quickly.

&uot;Sgt. Alan Ward and Investigator Kenny Harden worked very hard to solve these cases,&uot; Blackmon said. &uot;Again, we were able to do our job because of citizen involvement.&uot;

Blackmon said that anytime someone knows information about a crime that has been committed in and around Georgiana, they should call his agency.

&uot;It is not necessary for someone to give a name if they have a tip for us,&uot; Blackmon said. &uot;We just want to bring the criminals off the streets to face justice.&uot;