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Georgiana transient charged in burglaries

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.

&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;