2014-08-06 / Community

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Bainbridge - Friday morning, Decatur County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested four men suspected of involvement with a commercial burglary ring and recovered an estimated $ 17,300 worth of stolen copper wire and pipe in Attapulgus.

Escambia County, FL, investigators believe these suspects have been responsible for further burglaries across the Southeast, according to an Escambia County Sheriff’s Office news release.

The joint-effort bust began that morning when Escambia County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to multiple commercial burglaries and attempted burglaries, which included a stolen commercial moving truck.

In one of the burglarized businesses, the thieves cut through an outer wall in order to pass the materials to the outside that was then loaded on the truck and taken to Decatur County, said Decatur County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Redell Walton.

The arrested suspects included Bainbridge residents Victor Lamar Bodison, 36 and Damarkus Larrell Mathis, 26. The other two suspects were Orlando residents Derrick Wilson Hill, 35, and Derrick Joseph Reaves, 24. Each was charged with theft by bringing stolen property into the state.

The stolen commercial moving truck had a GPS unit, which enabled Escambia County, FL law enforcement to track it. They were able to identify a residence in Attapulgus where the truck stopped before returning to Florida. Upon searching the area, Decatur County officers recovered the wire and pipe and located the suspects in a vehicle at the residence, Decatur County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Cheryl Roberts said.

In a vehicle, investigators also found navigation systems, tools that matched the description of what was used in the Pensacola burglary as well as locks that matched what had been cut off at the Pensacola store, Roberts said.

Cairo - Thieves have targeted outdoor storage buildings in Grady County this month, stealing thousands of dollars worth of tools and equipment. The Grady County Sheriff’s Office is investigating at least six burglaries reported over a 16 day period in an area mainly north of Cairo.

The largest heist was reported on Sunday, July 13, at a home on South Shore Drive. The victim reported someone took from his outdoor shed power tools, hand tools and fishing gear with a total value of nearly $14,000.

On Saturday, July 19, a victim on Bold Springs Road reported the theft of a dirt bike and two Snap- On torque wrenches from his outdoor shed. The man says the value of his loss totals up to $4,800.

Then on Tuesday, July 22, a Pine Park Road resident told deputies he noticed that morning that the door to his outdoor shop was wide open. The deputy reports that a tool was used to pry open the door. Reported stolen items were wrenches, screw drivers, cutters and other tools plus two pairs of tennis shoes and a pair of leather flip flops. The loss is valued at $2,500.

Sheriff’s investigators say they believe the thefts may be connected and are still gathering evidence.

Cuthbert - Fred’s on Webster Street in Cuthbert was burglarized this past weekend, according to Cuthbert Police Chief Bobbie Wiggins. The glass in one of the front doors was broken by the burglars for them to gain entry; cigarettes were then stolen from the store. The time of the burglary was 3:10 a.m. Saturday, July 26. It is believed the get- away car was parked in the driveway of the cemetery which is located on the north side of Fred’s, separated by a wire fence. After daylight, Officer Anthony Scott found cigarettes on the ground near the fence.

The burglaries attempted to break into the pharmacy, but were not successful.

The Fred’s security video revealed that the alarm did not sound until 10 minutes after the door was broken. It did not contain security system sensors. Cuthbert Police are looking for two burglary suspects, white males, who can be seen in the Fred’s video.

Havana - An accident Sunday night on County Road 270 resulted in serious injuries to the driver of the vehicle, the Florida Highway Patrol reported.

The report states that Marjorie Carone, 21 of Crawfordville, was traveling west on CR 270 in a 2001 Lexus when, for unknown reasons, she steered left causing the vehicle to rotate across the highway, travel through a ditch, and collide with a pine tree, guide wire and wooden fence in a resident’s yard. She was ejected from the vehicle and suffered serious injuries. She was taken to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital.

Her passenger, Luke Eposito, 22, of Havana, suffered minor injuries, according to the report, and was also taken to the hospital.

The report states that Carone is charged with careless driving.

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