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Deputies foil break-in attempt

Sheriff’s deputies apprehended three men believed responsible for an attempted burglary on Friday afternoon at a residence on Highway 185 North.

Arrested were Deldrick Jenkins and John Jenkins, both 19, and Addison “Buddy” McDonald, 38, all of Lowndes County. Each are charged with burglary, 3rd, while McDonald was additionally charged with criminal trespassing.

Sheriff Kenny Harden said his office received a call reporting a 2001 Ford Crown Victoria stopped alongside the roadway and three men fleeing from behind a home. Deputies picked up the three men for questioning and discovered that someone had tried to pry a pair of windows open behind the home, also breaking the glass on one.

Harden said the suspects initially denied responsibility for the attempted burglary.

“They told the deputies that their car was broke down but it started right up for us,” said Harden.

Harden said the three then admitted to the crime.

Harden said McDonald was out on a $500,000 bond for the armed robbery of a Dollar General store in Lowndes County and had an “extensive” criminal history.

“Again, I want to thank the citizens who alerted us to the suspicious activity that led to these arrests,” said Harden.

In an unrelated case, deputies also arrested 40-year-old Brian Chrzastec on an outstanding warrant from 2002. Harden said Chrzastec was on probation for possession of a forged instrument, but left the state and had been living in South Carolina for the past seven years.

Chrzastec was picked up in Georgiana. Harden said Chrzastec told deputies he had gained custody of his son and was coming to Butler County to get him.