GPD nabs two for burglary, vehicle break-ins

Published 9:08 am Wednesday, October 5, 2011

The Greenville Police Department has arrested two juveniles in connection with a string of burglaries and vehicles break-ins near Oliver Street that date back to Aug. 2, 2010.

A 17-year-old black male was arrested and charged with four counts of burglary and two counts of breaking and entering a motor vehicle.

A 16-year-old black male was arrested and charged with one count of burglary.

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“We were able to use the evidence collected at the crime scenes to identify several suspects in the case,” Lt. Justin Lovvorn said. “Sgt. Kenneth Hadley questioned two black male juveniles in reference to these cases and obtained a confession from each of them.”

An estimated $1,085 worth of property was stolen and $950 worth of damage to buildings and vehicles was reported as a result of these crimes.

The GPD is continuing to investigate these crimes and more arrest are expected.

* The GPD also made a pair of arrests in connection with a fight involving weapons at the Front Street Pub.

“Around 2 a.m. officers were dispatched to a fight that has spilled out onto the sidewalk and street area,” Lovvorn said. “Officers gained control of the situation and found that at least three black males had been cut with a knife and needed medical attention.”

Two of the men were transported to L.V. Stabler Memorial Hospital to receive treatment, while a third was transported to a Montgomery hospital due to the severity of his injuries. He was treated and later released in stable condition.

The investigation, which was conducted by Sgt. Hadley, resulted in the arrest of James Ball, 25, and Wilburt Gandy Jr., 29.

Ball was charged with felony assault, first degree, while Gandy was charged with felony assault, second degree.

* Elizbreatha Smith, a 25-year-old Montgomery, woman, was arrested for felony theft of property, second degree.

Smith was arrested for stealing approximately $520 in video games and $300 in children’s clothing from Walmart.

After Lovvorn identified Smith as a suspect, the Montgomery Police Department helped locate Smith who was then brought to Greenville for questioning.

The GPD was also able to recover all of the stolen property.