GPD solves several felonies in December

Published 4:27 pm Wednesday, January 5, 2011

The investigative team of Sr. Lt. Justin Lovvorn and Corp. Kenneth Hadley, of  the Greenville Police Department, solved several felony cases in December.

Lovvorn said that high rate of arrests has helped lower the crime rate.

“This has had an obvious effect on the rate of felony cases,” Lovvorn said. “We have seen a decline in property crimes after the amount of arrests that have occurred over the last two months.”

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The first crime occurred on Dec. 4. John Rudolph, 59, and Kenyan Maxwell, 34, were both arrested for a theft that occurred on Mountain View Drive.

A few days later, investigators helped crack a domestic violence case that occurred on Bell Street. Police responded to find a victim had been shot in the hand, Lovvorn said.

“We found the offender in Montgomery at Baptist South,” Lovvorn said. “The woman had gone to her ex-boyfriends house and during a struggle by the back door, managed to shoot herself and her boyfriend in the hand.”

Santana McCall, 25, was arrested and charged with domestic violence 1st, shooting into an occupied dwelling.

Investigators also cracked several forgery and burglary cases, all felonies.

Lovvorn said that on Dec. 11, a child support check was reported stolen. Lakesha McCall, 27, was charged with forgery, 2nd, after allegedgly attempting to cash the check in town.

Greenville helped Montgomery clear up a few cases after solving a burglary that occurred on Dec. 15, 2010. Police responded to a business on 185 North to find no forced entry, with some checks and property missing.

“It appeared to be someone who had access to the business,” Lovvorn said.

After obtaining a list of employees and questioning them, police arrested Jeffery Jones, 42,  on the same day the report was filed. Jones was charged with burglary, 3rd and forgery, 2nd. This helped Montgomery Police solve two forgery cases, as Jones had attempted to cash a forged check while in Montgomery.

The final burglary occurred between Dec. 17 and Dec. 18. Lovvorn said a suspect broke into the building and stole several blank checks and items. Investigations identified the suspect as David Jones, 27, and after apprehending him, he was charged with burglary, 3rd and theft, 2nd.